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Quote of the day

  • Beatrix Potter
    Believe there is a great power silently working all things for good, behave yourself and never mind the rest. Discuss

Word of the Day

  • despondent
    Definition: (adjective) Feeling or showing profound hopelessness, dejection, discouragement, or gloom.
    Synonyms: heartsick.
    Usage: I did my best to take Mike's mind off his problems, but he was too despondent to smile at my corny jokes.
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This Day in History

  • Karl Benz Unveils His Patent Motorwagen (1886)
    Six months after applying for a patent for a three-wheeled horseless carriage driven by an internal combustion engine, Benz staged a public demonstration of the contraption in Mannheim, Germany. Widely regarded as the first automobile, the Benz Patent Motorwagen resembled a park bench on a giant tricycle and had a steering handle instead of the now-familiar wheel. It was only used for short jaunts until 1888, when Benz's wife took it for its first long-distance road trip. What was its top speed? Discuss