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Quote of the Day

  • Oscar Wilde
    What a man really has, is what is in him. What is outside of him should be a matter of no importance. Discuss
  • Miguel de Cervantes
    Trying to stop slanderers' tongues is like trying to put gates to the open plain.
  • L. Frank Baum
    As long as I know myself to be a coward I shall be unhappy.

Word of the Day

  • flip-flop
    Definition: (verb) Reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action). Synonyms: alternate, interchange, tack, switch. Usage: Larry may promise you a ticket now, but I would not be surprised if he flip-flops on that decision later. Discuss
  • hideout
    Definition: (noun) A place of shelter or concealment. Synonyms: den. Usage: There are rumors that criminals once used this abandoned warehouse as a hideout, but they have never been confirmed.
  • galosh
    Definition: (noun) A waterproof overshoe. Synonyms: arctic, rubber, gumshoe. Usage: This rain is not going to stop any time soon, so you had better dig your galoshes out of the closet.

Today’s Birthday

  • Lavinia Fontana (1552)
    One of the few female Italian artists of the 16th century, Lavinia Fontana was the daughter of Italian mannerist painter Prospero Fontana. She was a fashionable portrait painter in Bologna and Rome who was especially noted for the vibrant color and detail of her works. Her self-portraits and a portrait of Pope Gregory XIII show a fine decorative sense in the treatment of costume. She was also a painter of religious subjects. What are some of her major works? Discuss
  • Gene Kelly (1912)
    Kelly was an American dancer, choreographer, actor, and movie director. After training at his mother's dance school in Pittsburgh, he moved to New York in 1938 and danced in Broadway musicals. His athletic style later became a hallmark of the movie musical. His most famous performance came in Singin' in the Rain, which he also helped choreograph and direct. His achievements earned him a special Academy Award in 1952. With what animated character did Kelly dance in Anchors Aweigh?
  • Deng Xiaoping (1904)
    Deng was a Chinese revolutionary and government leader. A veteran of the Long March, he became deputy premier in 1952 and soon joined the Politburo Standing Committee. He was ousted and reinstated several times and at one point was assigned to work in a tractor factory. From the late 1970s until his death in 1997, he was China's most powerful leader. He promoted a wide-reaching reform program that introduced free-enterprise elements into the economy. What was Deng's famous saying about a cat?

Article of the Day   (article source)

  • The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle
    The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle is a collection of Old English monastic chronicles detailing England’s history from the start of the Christian era to 1154. Monks began compiling the chronicles in the 9th century and revised them into the 12th century. Much of the very early material is drawn from Bede’s history, but from the period of the wars of the Saxons and Danes onward, most of the annals are original. The writing is generally in prose but includes several poems, including one about what battle? Discuss
  • Ladybugs
    Coccinellidae is a family of about 5,000 beetles known in the US as ladybugs and in the UK as ladybirds. The insect's name originated in the Middle Ages, when it was dedicated to the Virgin Mary and called "beetle of Our Lady," likely because Mary was often depicted in a red cloak in early paintings and because the seven spots on the species most common in Europe were associated with her seven joys and seven sorrows. A common myth is that the number of spots on a ladybug’s back indicates what?
  • Angkor Wat
    The crowning work of Khmer architecture, Angkor Wat is a temple complex in northwestern Cambodia. About 1,700 yards (1,550 m) long by 1,500 yards (1,400 m) wide, it is the world's largest religious structure. It was built in the 12th century by Suryavarman II as his state temple and dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. The structure consists of a rising series of towers and courtyards surrounded by a vast moat and culminating in a 213-ft (65-m) central tower shaped like the bud of what flower?

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