Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Fey
 
Pronunciation: /fay/
 
Definition: (adj)
 
1) Marked by a foreboding of death or calamity
2) Marked by an otherworldly air or attitude
3) Crazy, touched
4) Excessively refined : precious
5) Quaintly unconventional : campy
6) Having supernatural powers of clairvoyance
 
Etymology: Old English fǣge (in the sense ‘fated to die soon’).

Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Biennial
 
Pronunciation: \bī-ˈe-nē-əl\
 
Definition: (adj, noun)
 
1) occurring every second year
2) having a life cycle lasting two seasons
3) an event that occurs every two years
4) (botany) a plant having a life cycle that normally takes two seasons from germination to death to complete; flowering biennials usually bloom and fruit in the second season
 
Etymology: Early 17th century: from Latin biennis (from bi- ‘twice’ + annus ‘year’) + -al.

Quote of the Day

In Hinduism, Shiva is a deity who represents transformation. Through destruction and restoration, Shiva reminds us that endings are beginnings, and that our world is constantly undergoing a cycle of birth, death and rebirth.
 
Karen Salmansohn

On this Day in History

On this Day in History: Mother Nature kicked some major ass.
 
On this Day in History in 1138: Aleppo Earthquake, later source claims 230,000 killed.
 
On this Day in History in 1634: Burchardi flood – “the second Grote Mandrenke” kills about 15,000 in North Friesland, Denmark and Germany.
 
On this Day in History in 1737: Earthquake kills 300,000 and destroys half of Calcutta India.
 
On this Day in History in 1871: Great Chicago Fire is finally extinguished after 3 days, 300 killed.
 
On this Day in History in 1960: Hurricane ravages East-Pakistan (6,000 die).

Fun Fact o’ the Day

Fun Fact of the Day: The Manchineel tree, native to Florida is considered the most poisonous tree in the world. It causes painful blisters if you stand under it during rain, blinds you if the smoke from its burned wood touches your eyes, can poison water with its leaves and will cause death if you eat its fruits.

Quote of the Day

We’re so terrified of death in Western culture that we have to make up a myth of an afterlife. I think there’s something to be said for living your life very mindful of the fact that you’re going to die because I think you carry yourself differently. It doesn’t have to be this big, negative bummer.
 
Steve Earle