Word of the day: basal
Definition: adj. of, at, or forming a base.
Synonyms: radical, base, basic, primary
Etymology: BASE(1) -AL (more…)
from Oxford: basal
1 of, at, or forming a base.
Phrases and idioms: basal metabolism the chemical processes occurring in an organism at complete rest.
Etymology: BASE(1) + -AL
from Wordnet: basal
adj 1: (botany) especially of leaves; located at the base of a plant or stem; especially arising directly from the root or rootstock or a root-like stem; “basal placentation”; “radical leaves” [syn: radical] [ant: cauline]
2: serving as or forming a base; “the painter applied a base coat followed by two finishing coats” [syn: base]
3: of primary importance; “basic truths” [syn: basic, primary]
from Wikipedia: basal; Basal or basilar is a term meaning base, bottom, or minimum.
Quote of the day: As your faith is strengthened you will find that there is no longer the need to have a sense of control, that things will flow as they will, and that you will flow with them, to your great delight and benefit. by Emmanuel Teney
Birthday of the day: Emperor Shijō; Emperor Shijō (四条天皇, Shijō-tennō ) (March 17, 1231 – February 10, 1242) was the 87th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. This reign spanned the years 1232 through 1242.
Joke of the day: Two elderly couples were enjoying friendly conversation when one of the men asked the other, ‘Fred, how was the memory clinic you went to last month?’ ‘Outstanding,’ Fred replied. ‘They taught us all the latest psychological techniques: visualization, association, etc. It was great.’ ‘That’s great! And what was the name of the clinic?’ Fred went blank. He thought and thought, but couldn’t remember. Then a smile broke across his face and he asked, ‘What do you call that flower with the long stem and thorns?’ ‘You mean a rose?’ ‘Yes, that’s it!’ He turned to his wife, ‘Rose, what was the name of that memory clinic?’
Thought of the day: The sense of wonder?that is our sixth sense.
Fact of the day: 45 BC – In his last victory, Julius Caesar defeats the Pompeian forces of Titus Labienus and Pompey the Younger in the Battle of Munda.
Biography of the day: Sanford Berman; Sanford Berman (b. October 6, 1933) is an outspoken, radical librarian (cataloger) known for promoting alternative viewpoints in librarianship and acting as a pro-active information conduit to other librarians around the world, mostly via public speaking, voluminous correspondence, and unsolicited ‘care packages’ delivered via the U.S. Postal Service. Will Manley, columnist for the American Library Association publication American Libraries, referred to Berman as a ‘bibliographic warrior.’ The spark of Berman’s cataloging revolution was the inclusion in Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) of the term kaffir, which he came across while working in Zambia : ‘Berman was told by offended black fellow-workers that calling someone a kafir was similar to being called a nigger in America.’ This motivated him to systematically address subject heading bias in his work at Hennepin County Library and in writing ‘Prejudices and Antipathies: A Tract on the LC Subject Heads Concerning People.’
Article of the day: Audie Murphy; Audie Murphy (1925–1971) was one of the most decorated American combat soldiers of World War II, receiving every military combat award for valor available from the U.S. Army, as well as French and Belgian awards for heroism. Coming from a poor sharecropping family of Irish descent in Texas, he served in nine World War II campaigns, receiving the Medal of Honor after single-handedly holding off an entire company of German soldiers for an hour at the Colmar Pocket in France. After the war, he appeared in more than forty feature films, mostly westerns; his most successful film was To Hell and Back (1955), based on his war memoirs. During the Korean War, Murphy was commissioned as an officer in the 36th Infantry Division of the Texas National Guard. Possessing a natural gift for rhyme, he collaborated on numerous songs between 1962 and 1970. He suffered from what would today be termed posttraumatic stress disorder, and was plagued by money problems in the last few years of his life, but refused offers to appear in alcohol and cigarette commercials to avoid setting a bad example. Murphy died in a plane crash in Virginia, and was interred with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.
Did you know: a) that Michigan highway M-97 was simultaneously named both Reid Highway and Groesbeck Highway by different levels of government from 1927 until 1949, the year it was dedicated to Alex Groesbeck? b) that about one million animals are used every year in Europe in toxicology testing? c) that the producer of White Zinfandel originally wanted to name the wine after the old rose style Oeil de Perdrix? d) that West Indian cricketer Brian Lara has made the highest individual score and only quadruple century in Test cricket?