On this Day in History

On this Day in History in 1346: Battle of Crécy, south of Calais in northern France; Edward III’s English longbows defeat Philip VI’s army, cannons used for first time in battle.

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Quote of the Day

I don’t believe complete assimilation is possible, at least not for anyone who has an active, open mind. Every step, every entry into the flows of existence can be seen as a beginning, a commencement of a brand new way of seeing oneself in the world. This is the case for everyone.
 
Chang-Rae Lee
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Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Pronk
 
Definition: (v, n, adj)
 
1) To leap or bound high in the air with the legs straight and the back arched, as do certain animals, especially the springbok.
 
2) A gait or a leap in which all four legs are used to push off the ground at once.
 
3) A weak or foolish individual.
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Fun Fact of the Day

Fun Fact of the Day: The first water guns were created in the late 1800s. The so-called squeeze bulb style guns were using a rubber bladder to draw in and squeeze out water or other type of liquid. Compared to today’s blasters, these water play toys guns were short in power and ammo departments, so they needed to be refilled with water after a single shot.

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Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Catoptromancy
 
Definition: (n)
 
1) Divination by use of mirrors, or other reflective surfaces.
 
2) divination by a mirror or by crystal gazing