Archive for February, 2010

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Quote of the Day February 26, 2010

February 26, 2010

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
~ Henry David Thoreau

Word of the Day

ratiocination (rash-ee-oh-suh-NAY-shun) noun
The process of logical reasoning.

Random Fact

On February 26,  1995 Barings Bank, the oldest merchant bank in London, collapsed after its head derivatives trader in Singapore, Nick Leeson, lost £827 million while making unauthorized speculative trades on futures contracts.

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Quote of the Day February 25, 2010

February 25, 2010


If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts he shall end in certainties.”
~ Sir Frances Bacon

Word of the Day

equivocate (ee-KWIV-uh-kayt) intransitive verb
To be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or to avoid committing oneself to anything definite.

Random Fact

In 1933 The USS Ranger is launched. It is the first US Navy ship to be built solely as an aircraft carrier.

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Quote of the Day February 24, 2010

February 24, 2010

I’m not going to die because I failed as someone else. I’m going to succeed as myself.”
~ Margaret Cho

Word of the Day

quondam (KWAHN-duhm) adjective
Having been formerly; former; sometime.

Random Fact

In 1893 William Otis received a patent for the steam shovel.

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Quote of the Day February 23, 2010

February 23, 2010

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.”
~ Abraham Lincoln

Word of the Day

portend (poor-TEND) verb
To indicate (events, misfortunes, etc.) as in future; to foreshadow; to bode.

Random Fact

In 1945 American photographer Joe Rosenthal took the Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II, an image that was later reproduced as the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial.

Raising the Flag

Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, by Joe Rosenthal


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Quote of the Day February 22, 2010

February 22, 2010

It’s just a ride and we can change it any time we want. It’s only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings and money, a choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your door, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love instead see all of us as one.”
~ Bill Hicks

Word of the Day

vainglory (vayn-GLOR-ee) noun
1:
Excessive pride in one’s achievements, abilities, qualities, etc.  2: Vain display.

Random Fact

On February 22, 1959 Lee Petty won the first Daytona 500 NASCAR auto race at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, US.

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Quote of the Day February 19, 2010

February 19, 2010

There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”
~ Jawaharlal Nehru

Word of the Day

inexorable (in-EKS-ruh-bull) adjective
Not to be persuaded or moved by entreaty or prayer; firm; determined; unyielding; unchangeable; inflexible; relentless.

Random Fact

In 1946  Austin, Texas the newly-formed Texas state government is officially installed. The Republic of Texas government officially transfers power to the State of Texas government following Texas’ annexation by the United States.

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Quote of the Day February 18, 2010

February 18, 2010

For me, it’s that I contributed. That I’m on this planet doing some good and making people happy. That’s to me the most important thing, that my hour of television is positive and upbeat and an antidote for all the negative stuff going on in life.”
~ Ellen DeGeneres

Word of the Day

farrago (fuh-RAW-go) noun
A confused mixture; an assortment; a medley.

Random Fact

The first official flight with airmail took place in 1911 when pilot Henri Pequet carried 6,500 letters from Allahabad to Naini, British India, about 13 kilometres (8 mi) away.

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