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- Central Asia September 24, 2018Although the exact borders of the region known as Central Asia are debated, the nations of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan are known as the Central Asian Republics—former republics of the Soviet Union. Sometimes said to include Afghanistan, Mongolia, and portions of China and Pakistan, the region has historically acted as a c […]
- Euripides September 23, 2018Euripides was a Greek playwright recognized, along with Aeschylus and Sophocles, as one of Athens's three great tragic dramatists. Unlike his contemporaries, who concerned themselves with grandiose themes and deities, Euripides wrote about ordinary people and social issues. He began competing in the dramatic festival of Dionysus in 455 BCE and won his f […]
- Jump Rope September 22, 2018Dating from the 19th century, jump rope is traditionally a sidewalk or playground game in which players hold a rope at each end and twirl it in a circle, while one or more players jump over it. There are many variations, including "double Dutch," in which two ropes are twirled in opposite directions. Single-rope jumping is a popular workout, especi […]
- Central Asia September 24, 2018
- Gertrude of Merania Killed by Discontented Hungarian Nobles (1213) September 24, 2018The first wife of Andrew II of Hungary, Gertrude played an active role in the political machinations of his early reign. She used her influence to advance her German relatives at court and gifted Hungarian lands to them, angering the Hungarian nobility and inciting them to action. While her husband was off on a military campaign, Gertrude was murdered by a g […]
- Untitled September 23, 2018A holy grail of marine salvage, the wreck of the Merchant Royal, one of the most valuable of all time, has eluded treasure hunters for centuries. When the leaky, 17th-century English merchant ship sank in rough weather in the vicinity of the Isles of Scilly and southwestern England, she took with her a fabled cargo of gold, silver, and precious gems worth ov […]
- Shaka Zulu Is Assassinated (1828) September 22, 2018A skilled warrior, Shaka established himself as head of the Zulu circa 1816 and soon made them the dominant power in southeastern Africa. He was ruthless before his mother's death in 1827, but after, he became positively savage. He had at least 7,000 people executed for being insufficiently grief-stricken, put to death any couple found to have conceived […]
- Gertrude of Merania Killed by Discontented Hungarian Nobles (1213) September 24, 2018
- Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (1825) September 24, 2018Born free in Baltimore, Maryland—where slavery was still in place—Harper was raised by an abolitionist uncle and published her first volume of poetry when she 20 years old. In 1854, she gave her first anti-slavery lecture. Her second volume, Poems on Miscellaneous Subjects, made her the best known African-American poet of the era. Her short story, "The […]
- Suzanne Valadon (1865) September 23, 2018After a fall from the trapeze ended her career as a circus acrobat, Valadon modeled for many of the major impressionists. Encouraged by Henri Toulouse-Lautrec and Edgar Degas, she began painting and became known for her intensely personal works, including landscapes, nudes, and portraits featuring vibrant colors with heavy black outlines. Valadon was the mot […]
- Anne of Austria, Queen of France (1601) September 22, 2018Neglected by her husband, French King Louis XIII, Anne of Austria stirred up controversy with flirtatious indiscretions. After her seemingly treasonous correspondence with Spain, her husband's principal minister, Cardinal Richelieu, attempted to limit her influence. When Louis died, Anne was declared sole regent of their son, Louis XIV—contrary to her h […]
- Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (1825) September 24, 2018
- Tzom Gedaliahu (Fast of Gedaliah) September 24, 2018Nebuchadnezzar, the Babylonian king, destroyed Jerusalem and the First Temple and carried away most of the Jews into slavery in 586 BCE. He left behind a few farmers and families under the supervision of a Jewish governor named Gedaliah ben Ahikam to administer affairs in the devastated land. A few traitors, who accused Gedaliah of collaborating with the ene […]
- Aizu Byakko Matsuri September 23, 2018Aizu was once the sturdiest castle in northeast Japan, but it was destroyed in a battle between the Emperor's forces and the Shogun's forces in 1868. The Byakkotai, or White Tiger Band, young men who vowed to lay down their lives in defense of the castle, saw what they thought was fire rising from the walls. Thinking it had fallen into enemy hands, […]
- Kiwanis Kids' Day September 22, 2018Kiwanis International first came up with the idea of setting aside a day to focus on children and their welfare in 1949. On the fourth Saturday in September, local Kiwanis clubs sponsor activities designed to show the community's appreciation of and pride in its children. The program for the day varies from one club to the next, but some of the more pop […]
- Tzom Gedaliahu (Fast of Gedaliah) September 24, 2018
- dilatory September 24, 2018Definition: (adjective) Tending or inclined to delay or waste time. Synonyms: laggard, poky. Usage: Frank, dilatory in all his proceedings, was the last of the dramatic company who left the precincts of the stage. Discuss
- objectify September 23, 2018Definition: (verb) Make impersonal or present as an object. Synonyms: depersonalize. Usage: Pornography objectifies women.
- scurvy September 22, 2018Definition: (adjective) Of the most contemptible kind. Synonyms: abject, low-down, scummy, miserable, low. Usage: It was a scurvy trick to play on a helpless old lady, but he was desperate for money and therefore went along with the plan to swindle her out of her life savings.
- dilatory September 24, 2018
- Why do we love bees but hate wasps? September 24, 2018A lack of understanding of the important role of wasps in the ecosystem and economy is a fundamental reason why they are universally despised whereas bees are much loved, according to UCL-led research. Both bees and wasps are two of humanity's most ... Discuss
- Great white shark lair in Pacific Ocean discovered by scientists September 23, 2018Researchers from Monterey bay Aquarium and Stanford University have discovered, between California and Hawaii, an area the size of Colorado that appears to be a “White Shark Café” — but it is unclear if the sharks are there for food or sex. The San ...
- Mars Explorers Could Live in 'Igloo' Near Red Planet's North Pole September 22, 2018Mars explorers could live in an igloo-like structure near the Red Planet's frigid north pole, to take advantage of the seasonally abundant solar energy in that region, a new study suggests. The Martian poles are famous among scientists for their ...
- Why do we love bees but hate wasps? September 24, 2018
- Henry David Thoreau September 24, 2018Public opinion is a weak tyrant compared with our own private opinion. What a man thinks of himself, that it is which determines, or rather indicates, his fate. Discuss
- Charles Dickens September 23, 2018Pride is one of the seven deadly sins; but it cannot be the pride of a mother in her children, for that is a compound of two cardinal virtues—faith and hope.
- Jerome K. Jerome September 22, 2018An aching head soon makes one forget an aching heart.
- Henry David Thoreau September 24, 2018
- Snowflakes and taking offence September 20, 2018The word 'snowflake' has been used as an insult. We discuss what it takes to be offended.
- Dating apps: How our brains react September 13, 2018Rob and Dan discuss love and teach you new items of vocabulary in just 6 minutes!
- Do you have a sedentary lifestyle? September 6, 2018How does being physically inactive affect your health? Dan and Catherine find out.
- Street food: Why is it becoming so popular? August 30, 2018Rob and Neil discuss the popularity of street food and teach you six items of vocabulary.
- Internet - good or bad? April 26, 2018Rob and Neil discuss some of the advantages and drawbacks of going online
- Snowflakes and taking offence September 20, 2018