Ameliorate

Word of the day  

diligent

Definition: adj. careful and steady in application to one's work or duties.
Synonyms: persevering
Etymology: ME f. OF f. L diligens assiduous, part. of diligere love, take delight in (as DI-(2), legere choose) (more...)

Quote of the day  

Lost time is never found again.
by Benjamin Franklin

Birthday of the day  

David Stewart, Duke of Rothesay

David Stewart (24 October 1378 – 26 March 1402, at Falkland Palace, Fife, Scotland) was the heir to the throne of Scotland from 1390 and the first Duke of Rothesay from 1398. He also held the titles of Earl of Atholl (1398–1402) and of Earl of Carrick (1378–1402).

Joke of the day  

A young boy enters a barber shop and the barber whispers to his customer, 'This is the dumbest kid in the world. Watch while I prove it to you.' The barber puts a dollar bill in one hand and two quarters in the other, then calls the boy over and asks, 'Which do you want, son?' The boy takes the quarters and leaves. 'What did I tell you?' said the barber. 'That kid never learns!' Later, when the customer leaves, he sees the same young boy coming out of the ice cream store. 'Hey, son! May I ask you a question? Why did you take the quarters instead of the dollar bill?' The boy licked his cone and replied, 'Because the day I take the dollar, the game is over!'

Thought of the day  

The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.

Fact of the day  

69 – Second Battle of Bedriacum, forces under Antonius Primus, the commander of the Danube armies, loyal to Vespasian, defeat the forces of Emperor Vitellius.
 

Biography of the day  

John Kenneth Galbraith

John Kenneth Galbraith (15 Oct. 1908-29 Apr. 2006), economist and author, was born in Iona Station, Ontario, Canada, to Archibald Galbraith and Sarah Catherine Kendall. Galbraith, who advanced and reinterpreted institutionalist and Keynesian traditions in economics while promoting a liberal and progressive political agenda, was arguably the best-known and most influential economist and public intellectual of his generation. He published dozens of books, served in a number of high-level government positions, and, as a faculty member at Harvard University for more than a quarter of a century, advised every Democratic president from Franklin Roosevelt to Bill Clinton.

Article of the day  

woolly mammoth

The woolly mammoth was one of the last in a line of mammoth species. Its appearance and behaviour are among the best studied of any prehistoric animal due to the discovery of frozen carcasses (example pictured) in Siberia and Alaska, as well as skeletons, teeth, stomach contents, dung, and depiction from life in prehistoric cave paintings. The animal was only identified as an extinct species of elephant by Georges Cuvier in 1796. Its closest extant relative is the Asian elephant. The woolly mammoth was well adapted to the cold environment during the last ice age, and had long, curved tusks. Its habitat was the mammoth steppe, which stretched across northern Eurasia and North America. The woolly mammoth coexisted with early humans, who used its bones and tusks for making art, tools, and dwellings, and the species was also hunted for food. It disappeared from its mainland range at the end of the Pleistocene 10,000 years ago, most likely through a combination of climate change, consequent disappearance of its habitat, and hunting by humans. Recreation through cloning has been proposed, but this is as yet infeasible; the ethics of this have also been questioned.

Did you know

  • that the children of Vietnamese prostitutes and American servicemembers from the Vietnam War were often forced into prostitution themselves?
  • that hatchlings of the Cape Fear Shiner, a critically endangered minnow endemic to central North Carolina, feed off of their egg yolk for five days after they hatch?
  • that the National Library of Singapore (pictured), the Seattle Central Library, and Minneapolis Central Library are examples of green libraries, using environmentally conscious designs?
  • that Nnamdi Azikiwe was concerned about a possible 'Pakistan' emerging in Nigeria?