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- Clarence Hudson White June 14, 2021An accountant with a passion for art, White began teaching himself photography by taking portraits of his friends and family in his spare time. In 1896, he won a gold medal from the Ohio Photographer's Association. As time passed, he became increasingly devoted to photography, helping to found the Photo-Secession movement in 1902 and, a few years later, […]
- Music Video Games June 13, 2021Music video games require players to interact with songs in order to advance gameplay. Perhaps the best known music video games are Dance Dance Revolution and Guitar Hero, which are sub-categorized as rhythm games, since players must press the buttons on specialized controllers in time with the game's music. Other music video games, such as Karaoke Revo […]
- Tether Satellites June 12, 2021During the second half of the 20th century, space agencies began to take a keen interest in the use of tethers in space. In 1992, NASA and the Italian Space Agency jointly launched the first tether satellite, TSS-1, from the Space Shuttle, but a protruding bolt kept the tether—a thin, super-strong, conductive cable—from fully extending. The next tether satel […]
- Clarence Hudson White June 14, 2021
- Falklands War: Argentine Forces Surrender to the British (1982) June 14, 2021Both Argentina and Britain had long claimed sovereignty over the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic Ocean when, despite ongoing negotiations, Argentina invaded the islands with 10,000 troops in April 1982. About 250 British soldiers and about 700 Argentines died before Argentina surrendered, ending the undeclared, 74-day war. The defeat discredited Argen […]
- "The Cinderella Man" Becomes World Heavyweight Champion (1935) June 13, 2021For budding boxer James J. Braddock, 1929 was a bad year. The promising pugilist narrowly lost a 15-round championship fight and, months later, the Great Depression struck. Braddock, struggling to support his family and losing many more bouts than he won, eventually gave up boxing to work the docks. In 1934, he returned to the ring, and a year later, he land […]
- The Armagh Rail Disaster (1889) June 12, 2021In 1889, a Sunday school train excursion in Armagh, Ireland, turned tragic when the train stalled while climbing a steep hill. The crew decoupled the cars, intending to climb the hill with the first few cars and then pull the remaining cars separately, but the back section had insufficient brakes and rolled down into an oncoming train. At least 78 people wer […]
- Falklands War: Argentine Forces Surrender to the British (1982) June 14, 2021
- Ernesto "Che" Guevara (1928) June 14, 2021Guevara was a Latin American revolutionary who developed guerrilla warfare as a tool for revolution. Born in Argentina, Guevara traveled widely as a medical student and became convinced that only violent revolt would end the poverty he witnessed. He joined the Cuban Revolution and became one of Fidel Castro's most trusted aides before leaving to foster […]
- Lucy Christiana, Lady Duff Gordon (1863) June 13, 2021A leading British fashion designer of the Edwardian era, Gordon made less restrictive clothing for women that she sold in her own "Lucile, Ltd." shops in London, Paris, Chicago, and New York. To promote her wares, she organized tea times when models would parade around in her designs, a precursor of the modern fashion show. Gordon was a passenger o […]
- Arthur Fellig, AKA Weegee (1899) June 12, 2021A New York City-based photojournalist, Fellig distinguished himself with his stark and often grisly black-and-white images. His nickname, Weegee, a phonetic pronunciation of Ouija, was derived from his seemingly clairvoyant knowledge of where crimes and emergencies were taking place and his habit of frequently beating authorities to the scenes. In reality, t […]
- Ernesto "Che" Guevara (1928) June 14, 2021
- Rice-Planting Festival at Osaka June 14, 2021There are many rituals associated with the growing of rice in Japanese farming communities. In many rural celebrations, young women in costume perform rituals including planting seedlings while singing rice-planting songs to the accompaniment of pipes and drums. On June 14 in Osaka, thousands congregate to observe a group of young kimono-clad women plant ric […]
- Feast of St. Anthony of Padua June 13, 2021St. Anthony of Padua (1195-1231) was born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1195, and is the patron saint of Portugal. The festivities held here in his honor begin on the evening of June 12 with an impressive display of marchas, walking groups of singers and musicians, who parade along the Avenida da Liberdade. The celebration continues the next day with more processi […]
- Philippines Independence Day June 12, 2021Emilio Aguinaldo (1869-1964) declared the Philippines independent on June 12, 1898. But the U.S. acquired the islands in 1899, and it wasn't until July 4, 1946, that they were granted full independence. For many years, Filipinos set aside July 4 to celebrate their independence. In 1962, the date was changed to June 12. Independence Day ceremonies in Man […]
- Rice-Planting Festival at Osaka June 14, 2021
- abscond June 14, 2021Definition: (verb) To leave quickly and secretly and hide oneself, often to avoid arrest or prosecution. Synonyms: go off, run off, decamp, bolt. Usage: Just as the case was about to go to trial, the lawyer panicked and absconded with his client's money. Discuss
- bumptious June 13, 2021Definition: (adjective) Crudely or loudly assertive. Synonyms: cocky, forward, arrogant, brash, swaggering, vaunting, pushy. Usage: I could hardly believe that the bumptious young suitor I had once turned away had grown into the polite, refined gentleman standing before me.
- glorify June 12, 2021Definition: (verb) To honor with praise, admiration, or worship. Synonyms: exalt, extol, laud, proclaim. Usage: People glorify all sorts of bravery except the bravery they might show on behalf of their nearest neighbors.
- abscond June 14, 2021
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- Arthur Conan Doyle June 14, 2021There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact. Discuss
- Friedrich Nietzsche June 13, 2021Man is a rope stretched between the animal and the Superman—a rope over an abyss ... What is great in man is that he is a bridge and not a goal.
- Mary Shelley June 12, 2021Live, and be happy, and make others so.
- Arthur Conan Doyle June 14, 2021
- Food superstitions June 10, 2021We talk about food superstitions and teach you vocabulary along the way.
- The Rosetta Stone June 3, 2021How the famous piece of rock became the key to decoding Egyptian hieroglyphs.
- Compassion fatigue May 27, 2021Has the pandemic made people tired of feeling sorry for others and themselves?
- Hermits May 20, 2021Why do people decide to be alone for long periods of time?
- When males are not needed May 14, 2021We talk about different animals which can reproduce without having sex.
- Mermaids May 6, 2021We talk about different variations on the concept of mermaids.
- A quieter world April 29, 2021Neil and Georgina discuss noise and whether it is bad for our health.
- US and China vs climate change April 22, 2021Can the world's two biggest emitters of greenhouse gases work together?
- Naked in nature April 15, 2021Hear about why being naked in nature might be good for you.
- The language of biscuits April 8, 2021Rob and Neil talk about the origins and the language of this humble snack.
- Food superstitions June 10, 2021