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Face of the day

Sumatran elephant, (Elephas maximus sumatrensis) a member of Flying Squad in Tesso Nilo National Park, Riau, Indonesia

Sumatran elephant, (Elephas maximus sumatrensis) a member of Flying Squad in Tesso Nilo National Park, Riau, Indonesia

As a man was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not.

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Word of the day

The word for today is…

hortatory (adj) – Marked by exhortation or strong urging

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 1580s, from Middle French hortatoire and directly from Late Latin hortatorius “encouraging, cheering,” from hortatus, past participle of hortari “exhort, encourage, urge, incite, instigate,” intensive of horiri “urge, incite, encourage.”

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 28

20 The trustworthy person will get a rich reward, but a person who wants quick riches will get into trouble.

Saturday nightCap

Why? Because they’re mad. That’s why


Today’s Trivia


Welcome to Daily Trivia. There is a game to play here. The photo above relates to one of the items below. The first reader to correctly tell us in the comments what item the photo belongs to, and why, gets bragging rights. Sometimes they are obvious, other times the obvious answer is the decoy. Can you figure it out tonight?

The deepest hole in the world is the Kola Superdeep Borehole. (Source)

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Daily dose of Awww


Dad comes through


Daily Roundup