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.

Quote of the Day

Everything we do is for the purpose of altering consciousness. We form friendships so that we can feel certain emotions, like love, and avoid others, like loneliness. We eat specific foods to enjoy their fleeting presence on our tongues. We read for the pleasure of thinking another person’s thoughts.
Sam Harris

Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Extrude
Pronunciation: \ik-ˈstrüd\
Defintion: (verb)
1) Form or shape by forcing through an opening.
2) Thrust or force out.
3) Expel.
4) To shape (a substance, such as metal or plastic) by forcing through a die.
Etymology: mid 16th century: from Latin extrudere, from ex- ‘out’ + trudere ‘to thrust.’

Riddle of the Day

Monday’s Riddle Answer: Successfully and Unsuccessfully.
Riddle of the Day: A 10 foot rope ladder hangs over the side of a boat with the bottom rung on the surface of the water. The rungs are one foot apart, and the tide goes up at the rate of 6 inches per hour. How long will it be until three rungs are covered?

On this Day in History

On this Day in History in 1803: Meteorites fall in L’Aigle, France.

On this Day in History in 1859: Dan Sickles is acquitted of murder on grounds of temporary insanity – 1st time this defense used successfully in the US.

On this Day in History in 1514: Copernicus makes his 1st observations of Saturn.

Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Perfidious
Pronunciation: /pərˈfidēəs/
Definition: (adj)
1) Deceitful and untrustworthy
2) Deliberately faithless
3) Treacherous
Etymology: Late 16th century: from Latin perfidiosus, from perfidia ‘treachery.