Fun Fact of the Day

Fun Fact of the Day: The largest dwarf planet in the solar system is Pluto followed by Eris, Makemake, Haumea, with the smallest being Ceres. The order of the dwarf planets from closest to Sun outwards is Ceres, Pluto, Haumea, Makemake, with Eris being the furthest from the Sun.

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On this Day in History

On this Day in History in 1855: 1st veterinary college in US incorporated in Boston.
 
On this Day in History in 1940: Glenn Miller records “Pennsylvania 6-5000.”
 
On this Day in History in 1932: Yellow fever vaccine for humans announced.

Quote of the Day

If we are paying attention to our lives, we’ll recognise those defining moments. The challenge for so many of us is that we are so deep into daily distractions and ‘being busy, busy’ that we miss out on those moments and opportunities that – if jumped on – would get our careers and personal lives to a whole new level of wow.
 
Robin S. Sharma

Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Drupe
 
Pronunciation: /droop/
 
Definition: (noun)
 
1) Any fruit, as a peach, cherry, plum, etc., consisting of an outer skin, a usually pulpy and succulent middle layer, and a hard and woody inner shell usually enclosing a single seed.
 
Etymology: mid 18th century: from Latin drupa ‘overripe olive,’ from Greek druppa ‘olive.’

Fun Fact of the Day

Fun Fact of the Day: Quails run when they are threatened. Some species are able to quickly reach the sky, while some become motionless when faced with danger. Certain quails are equipped with heel spurs – bony structure used for protection against predators.

On this Day in History

On this Day in History in 1667: Blind and impoverished, John Milton sells the copyright of Paradise Lost for £10.
 
On this Day in History in 1865: Steamboat “SS Sultana” explodes in the Mississippi River, killing up to 1,800 of the 2,427 passengers in the greatest maritime disaster in United States history. Most were paroled Union POWs on their way home.
 
On this Day in History in 1870: Heinrich Schliemann discovers Troy.
 
On this Day in History in 1953: Five people were killed and 60 injured when Mt. Aso erupted on the island of Kyushu.