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- Manes December 16, 2018The mane is the long coarse hair that grows from the crest of the neck of certain mammals, including the lion, horse, gnu, cheetah, and giraffe. In horses, it grows from the poll—the area between the ears—down to the withers—the area between the shoulder blades—and includes the forelock, the lock of hair that grows from or falls on the forehead. Grooms may l […]
- The Matchlock December 15, 2018Invented in the 15th century, the matchlock was the first mechanical device for igniting gunpowder and a major advance in small-arms manufacture. It consisted of an S-shaped arm designed to hold a lit match and a trigger that would lower it into a flash pan and ignite the priming powder that would then ignite the main charge. Though slow and rather clumsy, t […]
- Phineas Gage December 14, 2018Gage was a railroad worker whose incredible survival of a traumatic brain injury played a seminal role in the study of localization of brain function. In 1848, Gage was blasting rock to clear the way for a new rail line when an explosives accident caused a large metal rod to shoot through his face, brain, and skull. Remarkably, Gage was conscious, walking, a […]
- Manes December 16, 2018
- Last Recorded Eruption of Mount Fuji Begins (1707) December 16, 2018Majestic Mount Fuji, located about 60 mi (100 km) from Tokyo, is the tallest mountain in Japan. The beauty of the snowcapped symmetrical cone, ringed by lakes and virgin forests, has inspired Japanese poets and painters throughout the centuries. Though the volcano is classified as active, its last major eruption began on December 16, 1707, and ended in early […]
- Billionaire's Grandson Found Alive—But Maimed—after Kidnapping (1973) December 15, 2018In 1973, 16-year-old John Paul Getty III—grandson of oil tycoon J. Paul Getty—was kidnapped in Rome. His family initially dismissed a $17-million ransom demand as a joke by the rebellious teen, but a second note convinced his father to ask J. Paul to pay it. He refused. The frustrated kidnappers then cut off John's ear and sent it along with a note sayi […]
- USSR Expelled from the League of Nations (1939) December 14, 2018The League of Nations was an international confederation of countries created after World War I and disbanded following World War II when many of its functions were transferred to the United Nations. The League collapsed when faced with threats to international peace from all sides in the 1930s, including the Spanish civil war, Japan's resumption of war […]
- Last Recorded Eruption of Mount Fuji Begins (1707) December 16, 2018
- Margaret Mead (1901) December 16, 2018A prolific writer and avid speaker, anthropologist Margaret Mead was instrumental in popularizing the anthropological concept of culture in the US. Though many later anthropologists have questioned both the accuracy of her observations and the soundness of her conclusions, she remains highly regarded for her many contributions to the field. Over the course o […]
- Ludwig Lazarus "L. L." Zamenhof (1859) December 15, 2018Born and raised in Bialystok, a city on the Polish-Russian border populated by Poles, Germans, and Belarusians, Zamenhof was profoundly affected by the ethnic conflict he witnessed all around him. In his estimation, the primary cause of such conflict was mutual misunderstanding. Thus, he reasoned, removing communication barriers would foster peace. To this e […]
- George VI, King of Great Britain and Ireland (1895) December 14, 2018The subject of the Academy Award-winning 2010 film The King's Speech, George VI became king of the United Kingdom following the abdication of his brother, Edward VIII. George was an important symbolic leader of the British people during World War II, supporting the wartime leadership of Winston Churchill and visiting armies on the battlefield. He earned […]
- Margaret Mead (1901) December 16, 2018
- Posadas December 16, 2018This nine-day Christmas celebration in Mexico commemorates the journey Mary and Joseph (the parents of Jesus) took to Bethlehem. Reenacting their search for shelter (posada in Spanish) in which Jesus might be born, a group of "pilgrims" will knock on someone's door and ask the owner to let them in. The master of the house finally invites them […]
- Bill of Rights Day December 15, 2018The first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution of 1787—referred to collectively as the Bill of Rights—were ratified on December 15, 1791. This landmark document protected American citizens from specific abuses by their government and guaranteed such basic rights as the freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of the press. In 1941, President Fra […]
- Halcyon Days December 14, 2018The ancient Greeks called the seven days preceding and the seven days following the Winter Solstice the "Halcyon Days." Greek mythology has it that Halcyone (or Alcyone), Ceyx's wife and one of Aeolus's daughters, drowned herself when she learned her husband had drowned. The gods took pity on her and transformed them both into kingfishers […]
- Posadas December 16, 2018
- well-being December 16, 2018Definition: (noun) The state of being healthy, happy, or prosperous. Synonyms: eudaimonia, welfare. Usage: Holistic medicine emphasizes the emotional as well as the physical well-being of the patient. Discuss
- abbess December 15, 2018Definition: (noun) The superior of a group of nuns. Synonyms: mother superior, prioress. Usage: The abbess welcomed the novice to the convent with a warm smile, putting her immediately at ease.
- sanctify December 14, 2018Definition: (verb) Render holy by means of religious rites. Synonyms: hallow, bless, consecrate. Usage: Though they are comfortable with the fact that their marriage has not been sanctified in a Christian church, their parents are not.
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- Jack London December 16, 2018The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time. Discuss
- Oscar Wilde December 15, 2018Children have a natural antipathy to books--handicraft should be the basis of education. Boys and girls should be taught to use their hands to make something, and they would be less apt to destroy and be mischievous.
- Miguel de Cervantes December 14, 2018Everyone is as God has made him, and oftentimes a great deal worse.
- Jack London December 16, 2018
- Why do teenagers leave their homework until the last minute? December 13, 2018What's going on in a teenager's brain? We hear about research explaining their behaviour
- Why does 'x' mean 'kiss'? December 6, 2018What does the letter 'x' all by itself at the end of a message mean? We'll tell you.
- Do you take photos of your food? November 29, 2018Rob and Neil talk about food photos on social media.
- The smell of coffee November 22, 2018Neil and Catherine discuss the science of why coffee often smells better than it tastes.
- Internet - good or bad? April 26, 2018Rob and Neil discuss some of the advantages and drawbacks of going online
- Why do teenagers leave their homework until the last minute? December 13, 2018