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  • Alexander Hamilton
    The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records. They are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power. Discuss
  • Ambrose Bierce
    Congratulation, n.: The civility of envy.
  • Miguel de Cervantes
    Liberty…is one of the most valuable blessings that Heaven has bestowed upon mankind.

Word of the Day

  • sanguineous
    Definition: (adjective) Relating to or involving blood or bloodshed. Synonyms: butcherly, gory, slaughterous. Usage: He was an angry youth with a sanguineous temperament and was always getting into fights. Discuss
  • ideate
    Definition: (verb) Form a mental image of something that is not present or that is not the case. Synonyms: conceive of, envisage, imagine. Usage: Such characters represent a grotesquely blown-up aspect of an ideal man ... if not realizable, capable of being ideated.
  • countervail
    Definition: (verb) Oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions. Synonyms: counteract, counterbalance, neutralize. Usage: I hope that my letter of apology will countervail the foolish actions of my colleagues.

Today’s Birthday

  • Franklin Pierce (1804)
    In 1852, the Democratic party of the US was split into hostile factions, none of which could muster sufficient strength to secure the presidential nomination. The charming and unobjectionable Pierce was nominated as a compromise candidate. He unexpectedly trounced his opposition in the general election despite being largely unknown beforehand. However, Pierce proved unable to mediate slavery-related political troubles. As a testament to his unpopularity, he was the first US president to do what? Discuss
  • André Gide (1869)
    A prolific and unconventional French writer, Gide was controversial for his confessional works, his frank defense of homosexuality, and his espousal of Communism—and subsequent disavowal of it after a visit to the Soviet Union. A champion of society's victims, he spurred reform of French colonial policy in Africa with books such as Travels in the Congo. In one of his most famous quotes, Gide advised that one should believe those who seek the truth and reserve doubt for whom?
  • Mollie Steimer (1897)
    After immigrating to New York City from Russia as a teen, Steimer worked in the garment industry, where she became involved in workers' rights and anarchism. After joining a Jewish anarchist collective, she began publishing leaflets that opposed US involvement in World War I. Arrested for distributing them, she was convicted under the Espionage Act and deported to Russia. She was soon forced to leave Russia, and later fled both Germany and France. Where did she spend the rest of her life?

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  • Clifford Irving
    In 1970, American writer Clifford Irving hatched a scheme to create an "authorized autobiography" of eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes—without his knowledge. Irving believed the reclusive Hughes would never draw attention to himself by denouncing the book. After producing forged letters, Irving obtained a contract and an advance from his publisher. He delivered a manuscript in 1971, but Hughes finally contacted the outside world in 1972 and revealed the book as a hoax. What happened to Irving? Discuss
  • Jesse James
    James was an outlaw who became a legendary figure in American folklore. After the Civil War, he and a number of other former Confederate guerillas banded together to rob banks, trains, and stagecoaches across several states. He was later betrayed by fellow bandit Robert Ford, who shot him in 1882 in order to receive a $10,000 reward. Despite the fact that James is thought to have shot 15 people, his exploits led to a number of romanticized legends, including rumors that he survived until when?
  • The Spinal Cord
    Approximately 18 inches (45 cm) long, the human spinal cord is the body's major neural tract, a thin, tubular bundle of nerves that is enclosed in and protected by the bony vertebral column. Together, the spinal cord and brain compose the central nervous system. Injury to the spinal cord may result in a loss of communication between the brain and sections of the spinal cord, causing paralysis, loss of sensation, or weakness. From what part of the brain does the spinal cord extend?

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