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Word of the day  

sustain

Definition: v.tr. support, bear the weight of, esp. for a long period.
Synonyms: prolong, keep up
Etymology: ME f. AF sustein-, OF so(u)stein- stressed stem of so(u)stenir f. L sustinere sustent- (as SUB-, tenere hold) (more...)

Quote of the day  

A man reservesreserves his true and deepest love not for the species of woman in whose company he finds himself electrifiedelectrified and enkindled, but for that one in whose company he may feel tenderly drowsydrowsy.
by George Jean Nathan

Birthday of the day  

William Clito

William Clito (25 October 1102 – 28 July 1128) was the son of Robert Curthose, Duke of Normandy, by his marriage with Sibylla of Conversano. He had a claim on both Normandy and England, and became count of Flanders.

Joke of the day  

One day a boy asked his grandpa 'grandpa make a frog sound' The grandfather asked why? The boy said, 'Grandma says when you croak we are going to Hawaii'

Thought of the day  

The things that one most wants to do are the things that are probably most worth doing.

Fact of the day  

473 – Emperor Leo I acclaims his grandson Leo II as Caesar of the Byzantine Empire.
 

Biography of the day  

Shelby Foote

Shelby Foote (17 Nov. 1916-27 June 2005), writer and historian, was born in Greenville, Mississippi, to Shelby Dade Foote and Lillian Rosenstock. His father, an executive with the meatpacking firm Armour and Company, came from an old and distinguished Mississippi family. The Footes lived in Jackson and Vicksburg, Mississippi, as well as towns in Alabama and Florida, during Shelby's early childhood. After his father's death in 1922, Shelby and his mother returned to Greenville.

Article of the day  

Katy Perry

Katy Perry (born 1984) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She pursued a career in gospel music as a teenager, releasing her debut album in 2001, then moved to Los Angeles to venture into secular music. After signing to Capitol Records in 2007, she rose to fame in 2008 with the release of the single "I Kissed a Girl" from her second album, One of the Boys. Perry's third album, Teenage Dream (2010), became the first by a female artist to produce five number-one Billboard Hot 100 songs. Her fourth album, Prism, was released in 2013 and included the number-one singles "Roar" and "Dark Horse". Perry has received many awards and nominations, and been included in the Forbes list of "Top-Earning Women In Music" for 2011, 2012, and 2013. She has sold 11 million albums and 81 million singles worldwide, making her one of the best-selling artists of all time. She made her film debut voicing Smurfette in The Smurfs in 2011, and released a documentary film in 2012, which concentrated on her life as a touring artist and the dissolution of her brief marriage to English actor and comedian Russell Brand in the early 2010s.

Did you know

  • that besides utility poles (example pictured), anonymous knitters from Knitta have also left their tags on the Great Wall of China and the Notre Dame de Paris?
  • that Joe Oeschger co-owns the Major League Baseball record for most innings pitched in a single game with 26?
  • that Albert Teveodjre once had a monopoly on journalism in Dahomey?
  • that during the Boonah crisis in October 1918, 31 people died of the Spanish flu aboard the Australian troopship the HMAT Boonah (pictured)?