Word of the day: bane
Definition: n. the cause of ruin or trouble; the curse (esp. the bane of one’s life).
Synonyms: curse, scourge, nemesis
Etymology: OE bana f. Gmc (more…)
from Oxford: bane
1 the cause of ruin or trouble; the curse (esp. the bane of one’s life).
2 poet. ruin; woe.
3 archaic (except in comb.) poison (ratsbane).
Derivatives: baneful adj. banefully adv.
Etymology: OE bana f. Gmc
from Wordnet: bane
n : something causes misery or death; “the bane of my life” [syn: curse, scourge, nemesis]
from Wikipedia: bane; Bane may refer to: Places Bane, West Virginia, an unincorporated community in the United States Bane, Iran, a city in Kurdistan Province Bane, Lebanon, a village in Bsharri District Bane, Nigeria, a village in Nigeria Bané Department, one of the 13 departments of the Boulgou Province of Burkina Faso Music Bane, a hardcore punk band formed in 1995 Bane, a Joey Arkenstat album produced in 2004 by Mike Gordon Fictional characters and groups Bane, an adversary of Batman Bane, a character in the Matrix film trilogy Bane, a deity in the Forgotten Realms fictional universe Bane, a centaur in the Harry Potter series Cad Bane, a bounty hunter in the Star Wars universe Darth Bane, a Sith Lord in the Star Wars universe Durin’s Bane, a Balrog, a fictional being from the writings of J. R. R. Tolkien Bane the Druid, a Guardian in the Legacy of Kain franchise Bane, an alien race in The Sarah Jane Adventures Prince Bane, a cunning 10-year-old human prince from The Death Gate Cycle series, by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman Bane (Pearlpelt), the enormous white rat leader intent on genocide in The Underland Chronicles Bane (ur-vile), a silent character present throughout the Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant Atropos, the Bane Elemental; a character from Dota/Dota 2. He is best known for his Blink Dagger voice line. Other fictional uses “Bane”, an episode of the television series Stargate SG-1 Isildur’s Bane, a term for the One Ring from the writings of J. R. R. Tolkien Bane Other uses Bane, a common name for several poisonous plants Bane ethnic group of Cameroon
Quote of the day: All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible. This I did. by T. E. Lawrence
Birthday of the day: Charlemagne; Charlemagne (pronounced /ˈʃɑrlɨmeɪn/; Latin: Carolus Magnus or Karolus Magnus German: Karl der Große, meaning Charles the Great; possibly 742 – 28 January 814) was King of the Franks from 768 and Emperor of the Romans (Imperator Romanorum) from 800 to his death. He expanded the Frankish kingdom into an empire that incorporated much of Western and Central Europe. During his reign, he conquered Italy and was crowned Imperator Augustus by Pope Leo III on 25 December 800. This temporarily made him a rival of the Byzantine Emperor in Constantinople. His rule is also associated with the Carolingian Renaissance, a revival of art, religion, and culture through the medium of the Catholic Church. Through his foreign conquests and internal reforms, Charlemagne helped define both Western Europe and the Middle Ages. He is numbered as Charles I in the regnal lists of France, Germany (where he is known as Karl der Große), and the Holy Roman Empire.
Joke of the day: TEACHER: What is the chemical formula for water? SARAH: ‘HIJKLMNO’! TEACHER: What are you talking about? SARAH: Yesterday you said its H to O!
Thought of the day: Happiness depends upon ourselves.
Fact of the day: 1513 – Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León first sights land in what is now Florida.
Biography of the day: Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz; Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (also Leibnitz or von Leibniz (July 1 (June 21 Old Style) 1646 – November 14, 1716) was a German polymath who wrote mostly in Latin and French. Educated in law and philosophy, and serving as factotum to two major German noble houses (one becoming the British royal family while he served it), Leibniz played a major role in the European politics and diplomacy of his day. He occupies an equally large place in both the history of philosophy and the history of mathematics. He invented calculus independently of Newton, and his notation is the one in general use since. He also invented the binary system, foundation of virtually all modern computer architectures. In philosophy, he is most remembered for optimism, i.e., his conclusion that our universe is, in a restricted sense, the best possible one God could have made. He was, along with Ren? Descartes and Baruch Spinoza, one of the three great 17th century rationalists, but his philosophy also both looks back to the Scholastic tradition and anticipates modern logic and analysis. Leibniz also made major contributions to physics and technology, and anticipated notions that surfaced much later in biology, medicine, geology, probability theory, psychology, and information science. He also wrote on politics, law, ethics, theology, history, and philology, even occasional verse. His contributions to this vast array of subjects are scattered in journals and in tens of thousands of letters and unpublished manuscripts. To date, there is no complete edition of Leibniz’s writings, and a complete account of his accomplishments is not yet possible.
Article of the day: The Fifth Element; The Fifth Element is a 1997 English-language French science fiction film directed and based on a story by Luc Besson. It stars Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, and Milla Jovovich (pictured). In the 23rd century, Korben Dallas (Willis), a taxicab driver and former special forces major, joins forces with a young woman (Jovovich) who falls into his cab, and they set off to recover four mystical stones essential for the defence of Earth against an impending attack. Besson started writing the story that became The Fifth Element when he was 16 years old; he was 38 when the film opened in cinemas. Filming for the French production took place primarily in London, as suitable locations in France could not be found. It received mainly positive reviews, although it tended to polarise critics. It has been called both the best and worst summer blockbuster of all time. The Fifth Element was a financial success, earning more than $263 million at the box office on a $90 million budget. At the time of its release it was the most expensive European film ever made, and it remained the highest-grossing French film at the box-office until the release of The Intouchables in 2011.
Did you know: a) that Hector Hyppolite was a Haitian Vodou priest who was classified as a surrealist painter by the surrealist theorist Andre Breton? b) that for The Kinks’ 1968 album Live at Kelvin Hall, sessions were held to ‘sweeten’ the original live recording? c) that Punch founding editor Mark Lemon had to sit in the gallery when he worshipped at St John the Baptist’s Church, Crawley (pictured) because no pews in the nave were large enough to accommodate him? d) that the modern Croatian intelligence community emerged as an integral force in Croatia’s war for independence, spying on rival Yugoslav republics?