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- Posie Rings August 12, 2020Posie rings—also known as poesy or posy rings—were tokens of love in England made popular in Medieval times. Sometimes worn as wedding rings, they were engraved with short, often rhyming expressions of love, friendship, or fidelity. Thousands of French and English posie-ring sayings have been recorded over the years, including "in thee my choyce I do re […]
- The Taiga August 11, 2020Comprising about a third of the world's forest land, the taiga is a vast belt of coniferous forest stretching across northern Eurasia and North America. Bounded by the treeless tundra to the north, it has a short annual growing season and long, harsh winters. Soil in the taiga is poor, and swampy areas form in the spring. Only hardy cereals and roots, s […]
- The Peshitta August 10, 2020Written in the Syriac language—a form of Aramaic—the Peshitta is the Bible used by Syriac Christians. Its Old Testament is said to be a direct translation from the ancient Hebrew, unlike other modern Bibles, which have been translated from Greek or Latin. Because the New Testament of the Peshitta has remained in Aramaic for so long, Syriac Christians believe […]
- Posie Rings August 12, 2020
- Isaac Singer Granted Patent for Sewing Machine (1851) August 12, 2020Before the advent of the sewing machine, sewing was a laborious task. Singer's 1851 sewing machine patent made him a very rich man. Several other people laid claim to having invented the sewing machine, notably Elias Howe, who won a lawsuit against Singer for infringement. Nevertheless, Singer's company was already well established and was able to […]
- Mayan Long Count Calendar Begins (3114 BCE) August 11, 2020The Long Count is one of the various ancient Mayan calendars that maintained complicated, cyclical measurements of time. It was intended to provide an accurate record of historical events and counts the days elapsed from a fixed starting point—calculated as August 11, 3114 BCE, the date of creation according to the Maya. Some believe that the calendar predic […]
- Untitled August 10, 2020The first planetary spacecraft to be launched from a space shuttle, Magellan took 15 months to reach its destination, arriving in orbit around the second planet from the Sun in August 1990. It was then put to work generating high-resolution maps of Venus's surface and measuring the planet's gravity. Four years later, with its mission complete, Mage […]
- Isaac Singer Granted Patent for Sewing Machine (1851) August 12, 2020
- Ross and Norris McWhirter (1925) August 12, 2020In 1954, a few years after identical twins Norris and Ross McWhirter founded a London fact-finding agency, they met a director of the Guinness brewing company, Sir Hugh Beaver, who commissioned a compilation of world records that was intended to settle bar-room disputes. The first edition of the McWhirters' Guinness Book of Records was given to bars for […]
- Alex Haley (1921) August 11, 2020A descendent of African slaves, Haley began writing during a 20-year US Coast Guard career. He became a journalist, and earned national attention for The Autobiography of Malcolm X. His biggest success was 1976's Roots, a Pulitzer Prize-winning history of his ancestors beginning with their enslavement. A television adaptation became one of the most-watc […]
- Henri Nestlé (1814) August 10, 2020Born in Germany, Nestlé was the 11th of 14 children—only half of whom survived to adulthood. After apprenticing to a pharmacist in the 1830s, he began to work on an infant food that could serve as a substitute for breast milk for struggling babies. Combining milk, flour, and sugar, he created the first commercial infant formula and founded what is today the […]
- Ross and Norris McWhirter (1925) August 12, 2020
- Santa Fe Opera Festival August 12, 2020The internationally acclaimed Santa Fe Opera Festival began in 1957 and survived the burning of the opera house in 1967. It is now staged in an open-air opera "house" atop a mesa outside Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Gala Opening Celebration includes an Opera Ball to benefit apprentice programs for young artists, and, on opening night, a festive recept […]
- Rasa Leela Festival (Mathura, Uttar Pradesh) August 11, 2020Janmashtami is the birthday of Krishna, the eighth incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu, which is observed on the new moon day of the month of Bhadrapada. In the city of Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, an important center of Indian art and the birthplace of Krishna, a month-long festival is held during Bhadrapada. The Rasa Leela play cycle, a traditional operatic b […]
- Perseids Meteor Shower August 10, 2020A meteor shower occurs when a number of meteors enter the Earth's atmosphere at approximately the same time and place. Since the year 36 CE there have been records of an annual meteor shower known as the Perseids (because it appears to originate in the constellation Perseus) that is most observable during the nights of August 10-12. Observers everywhere […]
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- erudition August 12, 2020Definition: (noun) Profound scholarly knowledge. Synonyms: encyclopedism, learning, scholarship. Usage: They, like himself, had been bred in the studious cloisters of a university, and were supposed to possess all the erudition which mankind has hoarded up from age to age. Discuss
- drudge August 11, 2020Definition: (noun) A laborer who is obliged to do menial work. Synonyms: navvy, peon, galley slave. Usage: Picking up after my ungrateful kids every day makes me feel like little more than a household drudge.
- manumit August 10, 2020Definition: (verb) Free from slavery or servitude. Synonyms: emancipate. Usage: If I truly wanted to manumit the slave boy, I would have to buy his freedom.
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- Thomas Hardy August 12, 2020The sky was clear—remarkably clear—and the twinkling of all the stars seemed to be but throbs of one body, timed by a common pulse. Discuss
- Oscar Wilde August 11, 2020As long as war is regarded as wicked it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.
- Washington Irving August 10, 2020Great minds have purposes; others have wishes. Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them.
- Thomas Hardy August 12, 2020
- No more bosses August 6, 2020Can companies operate better without managers? We talk about it and teach you vocabulary.
- The medicine of coronavirus July 30, 2020Neil and Georgina talk about Covid-19 and teach you related vocabulary.
- Food made in space July 23, 2020Find out how growing plants in space might help develop better crops.
- Sport against poverty July 16, 2020Neil and Sam discuss how sport is giving hope to young people leading the toughest lives.
- Covid-19: The office after lockdown July 9, 2020Companies are rushing to install technology to make offices safer. Neil and Sam discuss.
- Should we wear a face mask? July 2, 2020Can wearing masks in public help prevent the spread of coronavirus? Rob and Sam discuss.
- Millennials and business June 25, 2020Rob and Sam discuss the new generation's desire to make the world a better place.
- Is being thrifty a virtue? June 18, 2020Neil and Sam talk about being a saver in a consumer culture and teach you vocabulary.
- The food delivery revolution June 11, 2020Takeaway apps are changing food culture. We talk about it and teach you vocabulary.
- What difference has #MeToo made? June 4, 2020Sam and Georgina talk about the movement and teach you related vocabulary.
- No more bosses August 6, 2020