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January 9

Word of the Day
Definition: (verb) To undergo thickening or cause to thicken, as by boiling or evaporation.
Synonyms: condense, thicken
Usage: The recipe then instructed the cook to inspissate the sauce by adding flour.

This Day in History
Joan of Arc Goes on Trial (1431)
Joan of Arc, who from the age of 12 was visited by visions of saints and angels, convinced King Charles VII to drive the English out of France. The King gave her authority over the army in a number of engagements when she was a mere 17 years of age. When Joan was ultimately captured and delivered to the English, they put her on trial for heresy. What was unlawful and unfair about Joan of Arc's trial? More...

Today's Birthday
Jimmy Page (1944)
One of the most influential guitarists in the history of rock music, Page started out as a highly sought-after studio guitarist in England. Under his direction, Led Zeppelin became the prototype for rock bands to come and redefined music in the 1970s. Page's "sound" incorporates blues, slide guitar, and distortion, and he has co-written many popular rock anthems, including "Stairway to Heaven." More...

Quotation of the Day
Life's more amusing than we thought.
Andrew Lang