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Word of the day  

insomnia

Definition: n. habitual sleeplessness; inability to sleep.
Synonyms: hypersomnia
Etymology: L f. insomnis sleepless (as IN-(1), somnus sleep) (more...)

Quote of the day  

A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
by George Bernard Shaw

Birthday of the day  

Franciscus Gomarus

Franciscus Gomarus (January 30, 1563, Bruges - January 11, 1641, Groningen), was a Dutch theologian, a strict Calvinist and opponent of the teaching of Jacobus Arminius (and his followers), which was formally judged at the Synod of Dort (1618-1619).

Joke of the day  

A defendant in a lawsuit involving large sums of money was talking to his lawyer. 'If I lose this case, I'll be ruined.' 'It's in the judge's hands now,' said the lawyer. 'Would it help if I sent the judge a box of cigars?' 'Oh no! This judge is a stickler or ethical behavior. A stunt like that would prejudice him against you. He might even hold you in contempt of court. In fact, you shouldn't even smile at the judge.' Within the course of time, the judge rendered a decision in favor of the defendant. As the defendant left the courthouse, he said to his lawyer, 'Thanks for the tip about the cigars. It worked!' 'I'm sure we would have lost the case if you'd sent them.' 'But, I did send them.' 'What? You did?' said the lawyer, incredulously. 'Yes. That's how we won the case.' 'I don't understand,' said the lawyer. 'It's easy. I sent the cigars to the judge, but enclosed the plaintiff's business card.'

Thought of the day  

Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.

Fact of the day  

1018 – Poland and the Holy Roman Empire conclude the Peace of Bautzen.
 

Biography of the day  

Vivian Malone Jones

Vivian Malone Jones (15 July 1942-13 Oct. 2005), civil rights activist, was born Vivian Juanita Malone in Mobile, Alabama, to Willie Malone, a carpenter and maintenance man, and Bertha Malone, a maid. She was the oldest of eight children--three boys and five girls. When Vivian was twelve years old, her curiosity about racially segregated public education was aroused, although she did not recognize it at the time. A front-page story in the Mobile newspaper discussed the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education, which in 1954 outlawed segregation in public schools. Vivian questioned her mother about the meaning of the decision. Vivian knew already that she wanted to attend college and major in business, yet the ruling instilled in her the idea that she could achieve anything if she put her mind to it. She was also a capable student and belonged to the National Honor Society while in high school.

Article of the day  

Battle of Öland

The Battle of Öland (1676) was fought between an allied Danish-Dutch fleet and the Swedish navy in the Baltic Sea, east of Öland, during the Scanian War (1675–79). Sweden needed reinforcements for its northern German possessions; Denmark sought to ferry an army to attack Scania in southern Sweden. Just as the battle began, the Swedish flagship Kronan sank, taking with it the commander of the Swedish navy, Lorentz Creutz. The next in command, Claes Uggla, drowned while escaping his burning ship, Svärdet. The allied force under Dutch admiral Cornelis Tromp pressed its advantage, and the rest of the Swedish fleet fled in disorder. The battle resulted in Danish naval supremacy, then and throughout the war. The Danish King Christian V was able to ship troops over to the Swedish side of the Sound, and Scania became the main battleground of the war, culminating with the bloody battles of Lund, Halmstad and Landskrona. Danish and Dutch naval forces were left free to raze Öland and the Swedish east coast all the way up to Stockholm. The Swedish failure at Öland prompted King Charles XI to order a commission to investigate the fiasco, but in the end no one was found guilty.

Did you know

  • that the Rowan County War resulted in 20 deaths, talk of dissolving Rowan County, Kentucky, and the founding of what would become Morehead State University?
  • that transit of cargo between the Croatian Port of Ploce (pictured) and Bosnia and Herzegovina is exempt of duties and taxes?
  • that in September 1924, Jack Fowler scored five goals in a football match for Swansea Town against Charlton Athletic, which remains the club record for most goals in a match?
  • that 'king of the paparazzi' Felice Quinto was shot with an arrow in the course of his duty?