Word of the day: retentivity
Definition: n. the power of retaining liquid: “moisture retentivity of
Synonyms: retentiveness, retention
Etymology: ME f. OF retention or L retentio (as RETAIN) (more…)
from Wordnet: retentivity
n : the power of retaining liquid: “moisture retentivity of soil” [syn: retentiveness, retention]
Quote of the day: A great artist is always before his time or behind it. by George Edward Moore
Birthday of the day: Torquato Tasso; Torquato Tasso (11 March 1544 – 25 April 1595) was an Italian poet of the 16th century, best known for his poem La Gerusalemme liberata (Jerusalem Delivered, 1580), in which he depicts a highly imaginative version of the combats between Christians and Muslims at the end of the First Crusade, during the siege of Jerusalem. He suffered from mental illness and died a few days before he was due to be crowned as the king of poets by the Pope. Until the beginning of the 19th century, Tasso remained one of the most widely read poets in Europe.
Joke of the day: The man charged into the jewelry shop, slammed his fists angrily on the showcase, removed a wristwatch from his pocket and shook it under the nose of the owner ‘You said this watch would last me a lifetime’, he yelled. ‘Yeah,’ admitted the owner. ‘But you looked pretty sick the day you bought it.’
Thought of the day: The words that enlighten the soul are more precious than jewels.
Fact of the day: 222 – Emperor Elagabalus is assassinated, along with his mother, Julia Soaemias, by the Praetorian Guard during a revolt. Their mutilated bodies are dragged through the streets of Rome before being thrown into the Tiber.
Biography of the day: Dolley Madison; Dolley Madison (20 May 1768-12 July 1849), first lady, was born near Guilford, North Carolina, the daughter of John Payne, an unsuccessful merchant and planter, and Mary Coles. When Dolley was one year old the Paynes left North Carolina and moved back to rural eastern Virginia, settling with the Coles family. There she grew up in comfort; throughout her life she defined herself as a Virginian. Her family were Quakers, and in 1783 her father manumitted his slaves and moved his wife and eight children to Philadelphia. There he opened a starch business, which failed in 1789. His wife then supported the family by converting her home into a boardinghouse. Dolley Payne came of age during difficult years; she saw her father slide into debt, expelled from his Quaker congregation, and die a broken man, leaving her mother and her sisters in severely reduced circumstances.
Article of the day: Vannevar Bush; Vannevar Bush (1890–1974) was an American engineer, inventor, science administrator, policymaker and public intellectual. He is best known for his work on analog computers, for founding Raytheon, and for the memex, an adjustable microfilm viewer with a structure analogous to that of the World Wide Web. He became Vice President of MIT and Dean of the MIT School of Engineering in 1932, and president of the Carnegie Institution of Washington in 1938. He was chairman of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) and of the National Defense Research Committee (NDRC). During World War II he was director of the Office of Scientific Research and Development (OSRD), coordinating the defense activities of some 6,000 leading American scientists. As head of NDRC and OSRD, he initiated the Manhattan Project, and ensured that it received top priority from the highest levels of government. In 1945, he published As We May Think in which he predicted that “wholly new forms of encyclopedias will appear, ready made with a mesh of associative trails running through them”. This influenced generations of computer scientists, who drew inspiration from his vision.
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