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Feb. 28th, 2010

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Word of the day for February 28, 2010

quixotic \kwik-SOT-ik\, adjective:

1. Caught up in the romance of noble deeds and the pursuit of unreachable goals; foolishly impractical especially in the pursuit of ideals.
2. Capricious; impulsive; unpredictable.

Some of his plans were quixotic and much too good for this world, but he never wavered in a cause that he considered just and he commanded the respect of all who opposed him.
-- "Dr. John Dewey Dead at 92; Philosopher a Noted Liberal", New York Times, June 2, 1952
He is buying up commercial buildings in his hometown of Archer City and filling them with used books -- hundreds of thousands of used books gathered from all over the country -- as part of a quixotic scheme to turn this sleepy rural community into a mecca for book lovers.
-- Mark Horowitz, "Larry McMurtry's Dream Job", New York Times, December 7, 1997
I was amazed to learn that he didn't have much experience climbing mountains and that he wasn't intending to do any intensive training for his quixotic expedition.
-- Michael D. Eisner, Work in Progress

Quixotic refers to the eccentric, generous idealism of Don Quixote, the hero of a satiric romance by Miguel de Cervantes.

This Day in History
1827 - The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad became the first railroad incorporated for commercial transportation of people and freight.
1849 - Regular steamboat service to California via Cape Horn arrived in San Francisco for the first time. The SS California had left New York Harbor on October 6, 1848. The trip took 4 months and 21 days.
1854 - The Republican Party was organized in Ripon, WI. About 50 slavery opponents began the new political group.
1883 - The first vaudeville theater opened.
1885 - AT&T (American Telephone and Telegraph) was incorporated. The company was capitalized on only $100,000 and provided long distance service for American Bell.
1911 - Thomas A. Edison, Inc. was organized.
1940 - The first televised basketball game was shown. The game featured Fordham University and the University of Pittsburgh from Madison Square Gardens in New York.
1951 - A Senate committee issued a report that stated that there were at least two major crime syndicates in the U.S.
1953 - In a Cambridge University laboratory, scientists James D. Watson and Francis H.C. Crick discovered the double-helix structure of DNA.
1956 - A patent was issued to Forrester for a computer memory core.
1974 - The U.S. and Egypt re-established diplomatic relations after a break of seven years.
1979 - Mr. Ed, the talking horse from the TV show "Mr. Ed", died.
1983 - "M*A*S*H" became the most watched television program in history when the final episode aired.
1986 - Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme was assassinated in Stockholm.
1993 - U.S. Federal agents raided the compound of an armed religious cult in Waco, TX. The ATF had planned to arrest the leader of the Branch Davidians, David Koresh, on federal firearms charges. Four agents and six Davidians were killed and a 51-day standoff followed.
2002 - Sotheby's auction house announced that it had identified Peter Paul Reubens as the creator of the painting "The Massacre of the Innocents." The painting was previously thought to be by Jan van den Hoecke.

Birthdays
Mary Lyon 1797
Charles Blondin (Jean Francois Gravelet) 1824
Ben Hecht 1894
Vincente Minnelli (Lester Anthony Minnelli) 1903
Zero (Samuel) Mostel (Samuel Joel Mostel) 1915
Chris Kraft 1924
Gavin MacLeod 1931
Mario Andretti 1940
Frank Bonner 1942
Bernadette Peters (Lazzara) 1948
John Turturro 1957
Rae Dawn Chong 1961
Robert Sean Leonard 1969
FeFe Dobson 1985
Bobb'e J. Thompson 1996

Feb. 27th, 2010

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Word of the day for February 27, 2010

supplicate \SUP-luh-kayt\, intransitive verb:

1. To make a humble and earnest petition; to pray humbly.

transitive verb:
1. To seek or ask for humbly and earnestly.
2. To make a humble petition to; to beseech.

Lehi's list of enemies was long and broad, including not only the British and the Arabs, but respected Jewish leaders like David Ben-Gurion and Golda Meir, whom they dismissed as weaklings and compromisers prepared to supplicate before the aristocratic count.
-- Tod Hoffman, "Count (Folke) Bernadotte's folly", Queen's Quarterly, December 22, 1996
Their ambassadors would plead, supplicate, cajole, threaten, lobby, or bribe the bureaucrats who were administering the licenses and quotas.
-- Zafar U. Ahmed, "India's economic reforms", Competitiveness Review, January 1, 1999
In this formula, practitioners of religion are more or less powerless over the supernatural beings with whom they deal; they can only supplicate those beings for favours and then await their response.
-- Ronald Hutton, "Paganism and Polemic", Folklore, April 2000

Supplicate derives from the past participle of Latin supplicare, from supplex, "entreating for mercy." The noun form is supplication.

This Day in History
1801 - The city of Washington, DC. was placed under congressional jurisdiction.
1827 - New Orleans held its first Mardi Gras celebration.
1867 - Dr. William G. Bonwill invented the dental mallet.
1883 - Oscar Hammerstein patented the first cigar-rolling machine.
1896 - The "Charlotte Observer" published a picture of an X-ray photograph made by Dr. H.L. Smith. The photograph showed a perfect picture of all the bones of a hand and a bullet that Smith had placed between the third and fourth fingers in the palm.
1922 - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the 19th Amendment that guaranteed women the right to vote.
1939 - The U.S. Supreme Court outlawed sit-down strikes.
1949 - Chaim Weizmann became the first Israeli president.
1951 - The 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, limiting U.S. Presidents to two terms.
1973 - The American Indian Movement occupied Wounded Knee in South Dakota.
1974 - "People" magazine was first issued by Time-Life (later known as Time-Warner).
1986 - The U.S. Senate approved the telecast of its debates on a trial basis.
1997 - In Ireland, divorce became legal.
1998 - Britain's House of Lords agreed to give a monarch's first-born daughter the same claim to the throne as any first-born son. This was the end to 1,000 years of male preference.
2002 - In Boston, twenty people working at Logan International Airport were charged with lying to get their jobs or security badges.

Birthdays
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 1807
Enrico Caruso 1873
Marian Anderson 1897
John Steinbeck 1902
Joan Bennett 1910
John Connally 1917
Joanne Woodward 1930
Elizabeth Taylor 1932
Ralph Nader 1934
Howard Hesseman 1940
Johnny Van Zant 1957
Chili 1971
Chelsea Clinton 1980
Josh Groban 1981

Feb. 26th, 2010

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In Hot Pursuit by Kate McMurray

In Hot Pursuit
Kate McMurray
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Blurb

Hard-working NYPD cop Noah Tobin didn’t even want to go on vacation. But it’s been a tough eighteen months since the death of his lover, so he’s determined to make the most of it. On his first night in sunny Florida, a chance encounter with a handsome man in a bar bathroom jumpstarts something in Noah that’s been dormant for all those months. Then the man disappears.

Noah’s vacation is thrown into upheaval because he can’t just let it go when he learns that the mysterious man who turned his life upside down went missing. He volunteers to help with the manhunt for his mystery man, a wealthy restaurateur named Harrison Knowles. But finding Harry is only the beginning of Noah's hot pursuit.

Review


When Noah Tobin's lover is killed by a man out gunning for Noah he's left with the memories of his love and a thirst for justice. Eighteen long months later the NYPD Detective is in the courtroom to witness his lover's killer brought to justice. After months of hard work it's a satisfying yet hollow victory.

Knowing how stressed Noah has been during the past eighteen months his lieutenant places him on paid leave and offers him the use of a time share in Tampa, Florida. With no choice in the matter Noah accepts and soon finds himself in sunny Florida. On his first night he decides to visit a gay bar, something which he rarely did back home in New York for fear of being outed. At the bar Noah meets a sexy man named Harry. After sharing a couple of drinks they spend some time in the bar's bathroom before parting ways.

The next day Noah sees Harry's picture on TV. It turns out that Harry is Harrison Knowles, a local businessman who's now missing. Figuring that he's one of the last people to see him before his disappearance Noah contacts the Tampa Police Department. After sharing more information about himself than he ever wanted to Noah finds himself helping Detective Debra Ruiz in the investigation.

When Harry manages to escape his captors, Detective Ruiz, Noah and Harry work together to figure out who kidnapped Harry and why. As the men spend time together they form a tentative friendship and even though Noah wants to maintain distance between them, they soon become lovers again. As he works to figure out who's after Harry, Noah also has to deal with coming to terms with his past and his ever deepening feelings for Harry.

Noah and Harry, who at first appeared so different, one a hard working, reserved police detective and the other a laid back, fun loving bar owner, were really nicely written and I enjoyed the development of their relationship. The sex scenes in the story, beginning with their first encounter in the bar's bathroom, are very hot but don't overwhelm the story. We are also shown some sweet and tender moments between Noah and Harry and these help to show a softer more vulnerable side to Noah and at the same time a mature, caring side to Harry. There are also some nice secondary characters in this story with Detective Ruiz being the most interesting one. I liked the fact that she is portrayed as a strong, intelligent and capable police detective who also happens to be a woman.

I did have a slight reservation with the story and that is that I found it strange that Noah and Detective Ruiz seemingly didn't have a problem with some of the activities that went on in Harry's bar and his involvement in them. It seemed out of character for the two police detectives to act that way. I would have expected it to be a bigger issue but other than that I really enjoyed this story.

Overall I found In Hot Pursuit to be a well written and fast paced story that grabbed my attention and kept it from beginning to end. There is plenty of action in the story as the men deal with kidnappers, shooters and not one but two bad guys. I liked Noah and Harry, enjoyed the development of their relationship and when I finished the book I was happy to have read it. This is the first book I've read by this author and look forward to reading more in the future.
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Rainbow Reviews... When the Bluebird Calls by Leiland Dale


When the Bluebird Calls
Leiland Dale
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Blurb

Devon Reid, veterinarian, had a partner of 2 years, a beautiful house, and a fantastic job. Then, life as he knew it, changed.

Six months ago, he became his mother's sole caretaker when her cancer returned. With his constant absence from home, his relationship ends leaving him alone in one of the most emotionally draining points in his life. When his mother passes, he is lonely and loses his zest for life.

With his emotions and life in turmoil, Devon decides it's time to make a change. Leaving the city life behind and taking a job in a small town in Montana, was just what the doctor ordered. Then, he meets the hunky ranch foreman, Greg Elliot.

Greg has lived most of his life on a ranch. Living in a small town didn't offer many prospects for a relationship, until he meets the new veterinarian in town.

While they try to resist the obvious mutual attraction, a fateful call during the night changes it all.

What is a city boy to do when a small town cowboy ropes him in?

Review



Overall this was a nice story from a new to me author. Well written and entertaining, it's a light easy read with a HEA ending. The tone of the story is romantic and sweet and the protagonists engaging enough to keep me interested throughout. I enjoyed this story and look forward to the next book in the series.

My complete review is posted at
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Today's Random Facts

mulct \MULKT\, noun:

1. A fine or penalty.

transitive verb:
1. To punish for an offense or misdemeanor by imposing a fine or demanding a forfeiture.
2. To obtain by fraud or deception.
3. To defraud; to swindle.

Officials repaid such loans by mulcting the public in a variety of legal and extra-legal ways.
-- William H. McNeill, A World History
The fact that major corporations don't have to pay their own way, and instead are able to enlist legislators to mulct common citizens -- and businesses with more modest Washington connections -- deforms the entire political system.
-- Doug Bandow, "The Bipartisan Scandal of U.S. Corporate Welfare"
State lawmakers and state courts . . . [have] ditched old common law rules so as to charge deep-pocket defendants with harms that were once considered other people's fault, thus making it thinkable to mulct automakers for the costs of drunk drivers' crashes
-- Walter Olson, "Firing Squad", Reason, May 1999
This Day in History
1815 - Napoleon Bonaparte escaped from the Island of Elba. He then began his second conquest of France.
1848 - The second French Republic was proclaimed.
1863 - U.S. President Lincoln signed the National Currency Act.
1881 - S.S. Ceylon began his world-wide cruise, beginning in Liverpool, England.
1916 - Mutual signed Charlie Chaplin to a film contract.
1919 - In Arizona, the Grand Canyon was established as a National Park with an act of the U.S. Congress.
1929 - U.S. President Coolidge signed a bill creating the Grand Teton National Park.
1930 - New York City installed traffic lights.
1945 - In the U.S., a nationwide midnight curfew went into effect.
1952 - British Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced that Britain had developed an atomic bomb.
1970 - The Beatles album "Beatles Again" was released in the U.S. It contained the song "Hey Jude."
1977 - The Eagles' "Hotel California" was released.
1986 - Corazon Aquino was inaugurated president of the Philippines. Long time President Ferdinand Marcos went into exile.
1993 - Six people were killed and more than a thousand injured when a van exploded in the parking garage beneath the World Trade Center in New York City. The bomb had been built by Islamic extremists.
1998 - A Texas jury rejected an $11 million lawsuit by Texas cattlemen who blamed Oprah Winfrey for price drop after on-air comment about mad-cow disease.
2009 - Former Serbian president Milan Milutinovic was acquitted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia regarding war crimes during the Kosovo War.

Birthdays
Victor Hugo 1802
Levi Strauss 1829
William "Buffalo Bill" Cody 1846
John Harvey Kellogg 1852
Herbert Henry Dow 1866
Madeleine Carroll 1906
Jackie Gleason 1916
Tony Randall 1920
Fats Domino 1928
Johnny Cash 1932
Sandie Shaw 1947
Michael Bolton 1953
Jennifer Grant 1966
Erykah Badu 1971
Oksana Baiul 1977

Feb. 25th, 2010

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Word of the day for February 25, 2010

gregarious \grih-GAIR-ee-us\, adjective:

1. Tending to form a group with others of the same kind.
2. Seeking and enjoying the company of others.

True locusts, which are actually certain kinds of grasshoppers, are usually solitary and rather sluggish, but when they are crowded they enter a gregarious and highly active migratory phase.
-- Gilbert Waldbauer, Millions of Monarchs, Bunches of Beetles
In the newly discovered gene, the change of a single unit of DNA converts the worm from a solitary forager into a gregarious diner.
-- "Can Social Behavior of Man Be Glimpsed in a Lowly Worm?", New York Times, September 7, 1998
My efforts to cultivate an identity as a strong silent type have consistently been undermined by my gregarious nature and my delight in conversation.
-- Marty Jezer, Stuttering: A Life Bound Up in Words

Gregarious is from Latin gregarius, "belonging to a herd or flock," from grex, greg-, "herd, flock."

This Day in History
1570 - England's Queen Elizabeth I was excommunicated by Pope Pius V.
1751 - Edward Willet displayed the first trained monkey act in the U.S.
1793 - The department heads of the U.S. government met with U.S. President Washington for the first Cabinet meeting on U.S. record.
1836 - Samuel Colt received a patent for a "revolving gun".
1901 - The United States Steel Corp. was incorporated by J.P. Morgan.
1919 - The state of Oregon became the first state to place a tax on gasoline. The tax was 1 cent per gallon.
1930 - The bank check photographing device was patented.
1933 - The first aircraft carrier, Ranger, was launched.
1940 - The New York Rangers and the Montreal Canadiens played in the first hockey game to be televised in the U.S. The game was aired on W2WBS in New York with one camera in a fixed position. The Rangers beat the Canadiens 6-2.
1956 - Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev criticized the late Josef Stalin in a speech before a Communist Party congress in Moscow.
1972 - Germany gave a $5 million ransom to Arab terrorist who had hijacked a jumbo jet.
1986 - Filippino President Ferdinand E. Marcos fled the Philippines after 20 years of rule after a tainted election.
1999 - William King was sentenced to death for the racial murder of James Byrd Jr in Jasper, TX. Two other men charged were later convicted for their involvement.
2000 - In Albany, NY, a jury acquitted four New York City police officers of second-degree murder and lesser charges in the February 1999 shooting death of Amadou Diallo.

Birthdays
Pierre Auguste Renoir 1841
Zeppo Marx 1909
Jim Backus 1913
Anthony Burgess 1917
René Thomas 1927
John Astin 1930
Sally Jessy Raphael (Sally Lowenthal) 1935
Karen Grassle 1944
Cesar Cedeno 1951
Téa Leoni 1966
Sean Astin 1971

Feb. 24th, 2010

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Word of the day for February 24, 2010

arcanum \ar-KAY-nuhm\, noun;
plural arcana \-nuh\:

1. A secret; a mystery.
2. Specialized or mysterious knowledge, language, or information that is not accessible to the average person (generally used in the plural).

Through the years, Usenet evolved into an international forum on thousands of topics, called Usenet news groups, from the arcana of programming languages to European travel tips.
-- Katie Hafner, "James T. Ellis, 45, a Developer of Internet Discussion Network, Is Dead", New York Times, July 1, 2001
Here we must enter briefly into the technical arcana of employment law.
-- Paul F. Campos, JurismaniaThe Madness of American Law
Each arcanum, made visible or tangible by one of these paintings, is the formula of a law of human activity in its relationship with spiritual and material forces whose combination produces the phenomena of life.
-- Lida A. Churchill and Paul Christian, History and Practice of Magic

Arcanum is from the Latin, from arcanus "closed, secret," from arca, "chest, box," from arcere, "to shut in."

This Day in History
1803 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled itself to be the final interpreter of all constitutional issues.
1835 - "Siwinowe Kesibwi" (The Shawnee Sun) was issued as the first Indian language monthly publication in the U.S.
1848 - The Communist Manifesto was published.
1857 - The first shipment of perforated postage stamps was received by the U.S. Government.
1868 - The first parade to use floats occurred in New Orleans at Mardi Gras.
1903 - In Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, an area was leased to the U.S. for a naval base.
1924 - Johnny ‘Tarzan’ Weissmuller broke the world’s record in the 100-meter swimming event. He did it in 57 2/5 seconds.
1938 - The first nylon bristle toothbrush was made. It was the first time that nylon yarn had been used commercially.
1942 - The Voice of America (VOA) aired for the first time.
1946 - Juan Peron was elected president of Argentina.
1956 - The city of Cleveland invoked a 1931 law that barred people under the age of 18 from dancing in public without an adult guardian.
1976 - The Eagles' "Greatest Hits" album became the first album in the U.S. to be certified platinum by the RIAA.
1980 - NBC premiered the TV movie "Harper Valley P.T.A."
1987 - An exploding supernova was discovered in the Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy.
1989 - Iran’s Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini sentenced Salman Rushdie to death for his novel "The Satanic Verses". A bounty of one to three-million-dollars was also put on Rushidie's head.
1997 - The U.S. The Food and Drug Administration named six brands of birth control as safe and effective "morning-after" pills for preventing pregnancy.
1999 - Lauryn Hill won five Grammy awards for her debut solo album "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill."

Birthdays
Wilhelm Grimm 1786
Winslow Homer 1836
Enrico Caruso 1873
Abe Vigoda 1921
Michel Legrand 1932
James Farentino 1938
George Harrison 1943 
Rupert Holmes 1947
Edward James Olmos 1947
Steven Jobs 1955
Paula Zahn 1956
Billy Zane 1966
Brandon Brown 1983

Feb. 23rd, 2010

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Word of the day for February 23, 2010

fructuous \FRUHK-choo-uhs\, adjective:

Fruitful; productive.

It had by now reached much beyond even that status to appear in our minds as a place sentient, actively helping these once forlorn and homeless sailors, presenting us with fructuous soil to grow our food, bountifully adding its own edible offerings, its waters supplying us with an abundance of fish.
-- William Brinkley, Last Ship
Theory does not provide us worthy Marching orders for a fructuous future, for theory in itself tells us nothing about how and when it is applicable.
-- Sheila McNamee and Kenneth J. Gergen, Relational Responsibility
Lagerfeld is talking about reducing his mighty Chanel shows to more intimate experiences. And this collection proved that such a fructuous collaboration with the couture hands deserves to be played out on a quieter note.
-- Suzy Menkes, "Chanel plays pipes, turning tiny tubes of tulle into couture", New York Times, July 1, 2008

Fructuous comes from Latin fructuosus, from fructus, "enjoyment, product, fruit," from the past participle of frui, "to enjoy."

This Day in History
1574 - France began the 5th holy war against the Huguenots.
1660 - Charles XI became the king of Sweden.
1792 - The Humane Society of Massachusetts was incorporated.
1813 - The first U.S. raw cotton-to-cloth mill was founded in Waltham, MA.
1821 - The Philadelphia College of Apothecaries established the first pharmacy college.
1822 - Boston was incorporated as a city.
1836 - In San Antonio, TX, the siege of the Alamo began.
1861 - U.S. President-elect Lincoln arrived secretly in Washington to take his office after an assassination attempt in Baltimore.
1875 - J. Palisa discovered asteroid #143 (aka Adria).
1886 - Charles M. Hall completed his invention of aluminum.
1896 - The Tootsie Roll was introduced by Leo Hirshfield.
1905 - The Rotary Club was founded in Chicago, IL, by Attorney Paul Harris and three others.
1910 - In Philadelphia, PA, the first radio contest was held.
1927 - The Federal Radio Commission began assigning frequencies, hours of operation and power allocations for radio broadcasters. On July 1, 1934 the name was changed to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
1940 - Walt Disney's animated movie "Pinocchio" was released.
1945 - The 28th Regiment of the Fifth Marine Division of the U.S. Marines reached the top of Mount Surabachi. A photograph of these Marines raising the American flag was taken.
1954 - The first mass vaccination of children against polio began in Pittsburgh, PA.
1967 - Jim Ryun set a record in the half-mile run when ran it in 1:48.3.
1968 - Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia 76ers) became the first player to score 25,000 career points in the NBA.
1985 - The TV show "Gimme a Break" was broadcast live before a studio audience. It was the first TV sitcom to be seen live since the 1950s.
1991 - During the Persian Gulf War, ground forces crossed the border of Saudi Arabia into the country of Iraq. Less than four days later the war was over due to the surrender or withdraw of Iraqi forces.
1997 - NBC-TV aired "Schindler's List." It was completely uncensored.
1999 - White supremacist John William King was found guilty of kidnapping and murdering James Byrd Jr. Byrd was dragged behind a truck for two miles on a country road in Texas.
2005 - The New York, NY, city medical examiner's office announced that it had exhausted all efforts to identify the remains of the people killed at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, due to the limits of DNA technology. About 1,600 people had been identified leaving more than 1,100 unidentified.

Birthdays
Samuel Pepys 1633
George Frederic Handel 1685
Istvan Ferenczi 1792
Agnes M. Royden 1876
Victor Fleming 1883
Walter Ernest Allen 1911
Lee Calhoun 1933
Sylvia Chase 1938
Peter Fonda 1940
Terry "Tex" Comer 1949
Brad Whitford 1952
Bobby (Roberto Martin Antonio) Bonilla 1963
Kristin Davis 1965
Jeff Beres 1971

Feb. 22nd, 2010

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Word of the day for February 22, 2010

fractious \FRAK-shuhs\, adjective:

1. Tending to cause trouble; unruly.
2. Irritable; snappish; cranky.

In Marshall's case, the experience of dealing with a clamorous band of younger siblings, earning their affection and respect while holding them to their tasks, proved remarkably useful in later years when dealing with fractious colleagues jealous of their prerogatives.
-- Jean Edward Smith, John Marshall: Definer of a Nation
Marcus frequently took a rod to Ambrose's back--with the predictable result of making the boy even more fractious and slow to obey.
-- Roy Morris Jr., Ambrose Bierce: Alone in Bad Company
Fractious heirs drink too much and squabble over dock space for their sailboats.
-- Marilyn Stasio, review of Stormy Weather, by Carl Hiaasen, New York Times, September 3, 1995

Fractious is from fraction, which formerly had the sense "discord, dissension, disharmony"; it is derived from Latin frangere, "to break."

This Day in History
1630 - Quadequine introduced popcorn to English colonists at their first Thanksgiving dinner.
1819 - Spain ceded Florida to the United States.
1860 - Organized baseball’s first game was played in San Francisco, CA.
1879 - In Utica, NY, Frank W. Woolworth opened his first 5 and 10-cent store.
1920 - The first dog race track to use an imitation rabbit opened in Emeryville, CA.
1924 - U.S. President Calvin Coolidge delivered the first presidential radio broadcast from the White House.
1956 - Elvis Presley entered the music charts for the first time with "Heartbreak Hotel."
1969 - Barbara Jo Rubin became the first woman to win a U.S. thoroughbred horse race.
1984 - The U.S. Census Bureau statistics showed that the state of Alaska was the fastest growing state of the decade with an increase in population of 19.2 percent.
1997 - Scottish scientist Ian Wilmut and colleagues announced that an adult sheep had been successfully cloned. Dolly was actually born on July 5, 1996. Dolly was the first mammal to have been successfully cloned from an adult cell.

Birthdays
George Washington (U.S.) 1732
Rembrandt Peale 1778
Frederic-Francois Chopin 1810
Edna St. Vincent Millay 1892
Robert Young 1907
Robert Wadlow 1918
Edward M. Kennedy 1932
John Ashton 1948
Julius Erving II 1950
Kyle MacLachlan 1959
Jeri Ryan 1968
Drew Barrymore 1975

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