Word of the day: magpie
Definition: n. a European and American crow, Pica pica, with a long pointed tail and black and white plumage.
Synonyms: scavenger, pack rat
Etymology: Mag, abbr. of Margaret PIE(2) (more…)
from Oxford: magpie
1 a European and American crow, Pica pica, with a long pointed tail and black and white plumage.
2 any of various birds with plumage like a magpie, esp. Gymnorhina tibicen of Australia.
3 an idle chatterer.
4 a person who collects things indiscriminately.
5 a the division of a circular target next to the outer one. b a rifle shot which strikes this.
Etymology: Mag, abbr. of Margaret + PIE(2)
from Wordnet: magpie
n 1: long-tailed black-and-white bird that utters a chattering call
2: someone who collects things that have been discarded by others [syn: scavenger, pack rat]
from Wikipedia: magpie; Magpies are birds of the Corvidae (crow) family, including the black and white Eurasian magpie, which is one of the few animal species known to be able to recognize itself in a mirror test. In addition to other members of the genus Pica, corvids considered as magpies are in the genera Cissa, Cyanopica and Urocissa.
Quote of the day: All the things one has forgotten scream for help in dreams. by Elias Canetti
Birthday of the day: Emperor Go-Fushimi; Emperor Go-Fushimi (後伏見天皇 Go-Fushimi-tennō) (April 5, 1288 – May 17, 1336) was the 93rd emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. His reign spanned the years from 1298 to 1301.
Joke of the day: Before going to Europe on business, a man drives his Rolls-Royce to a downtown New York City bank and asks for an immediate loan of $5,000. The loan officer, taken aback, requests collateral. ‘Well then, here are the keys to my Rolls-Royce,’ the man says. The loan officer promptly has the car driven into the bank’s underground parking for safe keeping and gives the man the $5,000. Two weeks later, the man walks through the bank’s doors and asks to settle up his loan and get his car back. ‘That will be $5,000 in principal, and $15.40 in interest,’ the loan officer says. The man writes out a check and starts to walk away. ‘Wait, sir,’ the loan officer says. ‘You are a millionaire. Why in the world would you need to borrow $5,000?’ The man smiles, ‘Where else could I find a safer place to park my Rolls-Royce in Manhattan for two weeks and pay only $15.40?’
Thought of the day: The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.
Fact of the day: 823 – Lothair I is crowned King of Italy by Pope Paschal I.
Biography of the day: Thomas Jefferson; Thomas Jefferson (13 April 1743 N.S.-4 July 1826) was the third President of the United States (1801-09), the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776), and one of the most influential Founding Fathers for his promotion of the ideals of Republicanism in the United States. Major events during his presidency include the Louisiana Purchase (1803) and the Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804-1806). After the British burned Washington, D.C. and the Library of Congress in August 1814, Jefferson offered his own collection to the nation. In January 1815, Congress accepted his offer, appropriating $23,950 for his 6,487 books, and the foundation was laid for a great national library. Today, the Library of Congress’ website for federal legislative information is named THOMAS, in honor of Jefferson.
Article of the day: Robert Burnell; Robert Burnell (c. 1239 – 1292) was an English bishop who served as Lord Chancellor of England from 1274 to 1292. A native of Shropshire, he served as a minor royal official before entering into the service of Prince Edward, the future King Edward I of England. When Edward went on the Eighth Crusade in 1270, Burnell stayed in England to secure the prince’s interests. He served as regent after the death of King Henry III of England while Edward was still on crusade. He was twice elected Archbishop of Canterbury, but his personal life—which included a long-term mistress who was rumoured to have borne him four sons—prevented his confirmation by the papacy. In 1275 Burnell was elected Bishop of Bath and Wells, after Edward had appointed him Lord Chancellor in 1274. He was behind the efforts of the royal officials to enforce royal rights during his term of office as chancellor, including the implementation of the quo warranto procedures. He also helped with the legislative and legal reforms of Edward’s reign. During Burnell’s tenure the chancellor’s office and records became fixed in London rather than travelling with the king. He went abroad on diplomatic missions for Edward, and for a time governed Gascony.
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