Word of the day  


Definition: 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  

Emperor Shenzong of Song China

Emperor Shenzong (May 25, 1048 – April 1, 1085) was the sixth emperor of the Chinese Song Dynasty. His personal name was Zhao Xu. He reigned from 1067 to 1085.

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  

567 BC – Servius Tullius, the king of Rome, celebrates a triumph for his victory over the Etruscans.

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  

Texas Revolution

The Texas Revolution (1835–36) began when colonists in the Mexican province of Texas rebelled after President Santa Anna overturned the Mexican constitution, dismissing state legislatures and militias and centralizing the government. He stepped down from the presidency to lead Mexican troops in quashing the revolt. Sam Houston was named commander of the Texian Army and sent Jim Bowie to destroy the Alamo to keep it out of Mexican hands. Bowie and William B. Travis chose instead to lead the Alamo defenders in what became the most famous battle of Texas history. Three weeks later, the Mexican army executed 400 Texians at the Goliad massacre, then marched east as terrified civilians fled. The Texian army moved in the same direction, giving the impression that they were running away. Under a false sense of complacency, Santa Anna was asleep and his army was on stand-down on April 21, 1836, when shouts of "Remember the Alamo!" and "Remember Goliad!" pierced the air as Texians overran them, winning the decisive Battle of San Jacinto in 18 minutes (monument pictured). Santa Anna fled on horseback but was captured the next day; the Texians traded him for the full retreat of the Mexican army and the cessation of hostilities. Intermittent conflicts between the two countries continued until 1844, when Texas was willingly annexed into the United States, which in turn caused the Mexican–American War. {{TFArecentlist| Hurricane Lenny Paul Tibbets Rodent }}

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)?