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- K2 August 19, 2018Standing 28,251 ft (8,611 m) high on the border of China and Pakistan, K2 is the second highest mountain in the world. Although the summit of Mt. Everest is at a higher altitude, K2 is considered a more difficult climb, due in part to its severe weather. Part of the Karakorum segment of the Himalayas, the peak was first scaled in 1954, but only a few hundred […]
- Offender Profiling August 18, 2018Featured in many popular films and TV shows, offender profiling is a method of identifying the perpetrator of a crime by analyzing the circumstances of an offense and then forming a description of the offender based on personality traits linked with the commission of such a crime. Though many criminals have been captured with the help of profiling, critics a […]
- Bronze Diabetes August 17, 2018Also known as bronze diabetes, hemochromatosis is a blood disorder that causes the body to retain excessive amounts of iron, leading to serious health consequences, including diabetes and cirrhosis of the liver. It was first described in 1865 by French physician Armand Trousseau in a report on diabetes in patients with bronze skin pigmentation. The disease m […]
- K2 August 19, 2018
- Little Person Eddie Gaedel Has Major League Debut (1951) August 19, 2018At 43 inches (1.1 m) tall, Gaedel became the shortest player in the history of Major League Baseball when he made a single plate appearance for the St. Louis Browns in 1951. He arrived on the field inside a replica cake honoring the American League's 50th anniversary, amusing the crowd by popping out of it. No one suspected his true reason for being the […]
- Priest Urbain Grandier Burned at the Stake for Witchcraft (1634) August 18, 2018Grandier was a 17th-century French Catholic priest who was accused of bewitching the nuns of the Ursuline convent. Although he was acquitted by an ecclesiastical council, Grandier had published scathing criticisms of Cardinal Richelieu, the chief minister and virtual ruler of France, who arranged to have him re-tried. Accused of having entered a pact with th […]
- Untitled August 17, 2018By 1978, there had been at least 14 failed attempts to cross the Atlantic by balloon, during which five people died. One of the failures was that of the Double Eagle I in 1977. A year later, however, Ben Abruzzo, Maxie Anderson, and Larry Newman landed the Double Eagle II in a field in Miserey, France, 137 hours after leaving Presque Isle, Maine. After their […]
- Little Person Eddie Gaedel Has Major League Debut (1951) August 19, 2018
- Roman Vishniac (1897) August 19, 2018A Russian-American biologist, photographer, linguist, art historian, philosopher, and professor, Vishniac is best remembered for producing a photographic record of Central and Eastern European Jewish communities in the years preceding the Holocaust. His efforts were not without risk; he was imprisoned 11 times and forced to do hard labor in two concentration […]
- Liviu Librescu (1930) August 18, 2018A Holocaust survivor, Professor Liviu Librescu had seen more than his fair share of death before April 16, 2007—Holocaust Remembrance Day—when a gunman tried to enter his classroom at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, popularly known as Virginia Tech. Librescu jumped into action, blocking the door to give his students time to escape throug […]
- Marcus Garvey (1887) August 17, 2018Garvey was a Jamaican-born American proponent of black nationalism. His Universal Negro Improvement Association, established in 1914 to promote racial pride, quickly spread in black communities throughout the US, the Caribbean, and Central America, and Garvey became the most influential black leader of the early 1920s, with a following some two million stron […]
- Roman Vishniac (1897) August 19, 2018
- Payson Rodeo "August Doin's" August 19, 2018The Payson Rodeo is a rodeo, parade, and general Wild West three-day weekend in the cowboy-and-cattle country of Payson, Arizona. The first Payson rodeo was held in 1885, and it's been held ever since with no interruptions, not even for war, making it the world's oldest continuous Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo. Events of the weekend […]
- Mohegan Wigwam Festival August 18, 2018This Mohegan festival, which takes place in Uncasville, Connecticut, has evolved from the pre-Columbian thanksgiving ceremony held by the Indians to thank their creator for the corn harvest. The Wigwam Festival, now billed as a "homecoming"—a time for Mohegan Indians living in all parts of the world to come home and renew their roots—is an opportun […]
- Chilseog August 17, 2018Chilseog is the Korean version of the Seven Sisters Festival, based on a Chinese legend about two stars known as the Herdsman and the Spinning Maiden. The Herdsman star, located in the Aquila constellation, and the Spinning Maiden star, Vega in the Lyra constellation, are in love but can only meet once a year—on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month, wh […]
- Payson Rodeo "August Doin's" August 19, 2018
- button-down August 19, 2018Definition: (adjective) Unimaginatively conventional. Synonyms: conservative. Usage: Knowing that her unconventional appearance would hold her back in the button-down corporate culture she was about to enter, she reluctantly dyed her magenta hair back to its natural auburn. Discuss
- self-restraint August 18, 2018Definition: (noun) Restraint of one's emotions, desires, or inclinations; self-control. Synonyms: temperateness. Usage: She little guessed the struggle within my breast, or the effort of self-restraint which held me back.
- spongy August 17, 2018Definition: (adjective) Easily squashed; resembling a sponge in having soft porous texture and compressibility. Synonyms: squishy, squashy. Usage: I like nothing better than butter on a slice of freshly baked, spongy white bread.
- button-down August 19, 2018
- Elephants rarely get cancer. Here's why this matters to humans August 19, 2018You'd think elephants would be getting cancer left and right: They are giants of the animal kingdom and have trillions more cells than humans -- cells that, in theory, could turn into cancer over their decades-long lifespans. But you'd be wrong. It's ... Discuss
- Mushrooms are bustin' out all over August 18, 2018If you’ve been outdoors in the past few weeks and it seems like the ground is suddenly sprinkled with little multi-colored domes, don’t be surprised. The dry start to the summer followed by consistent rains since mid-July have been perfect for luring mushrooms ...
- They Thought Hemophilia Was a 'Lifelong Thing.' They May Be Wrong August 17, 2018Scientists are edging closer to defeating a longtime enemy of human health: hemophilia, the inability to form blood clots. After trying for decades to develop a gene therapy to treat this disease, researchers are starting to succeed. In recent experiments, brief ...
- Elephants rarely get cancer. Here's why this matters to humans August 19, 2018
- John Filson August 19, 2018So much does friendship triumph over misfortune, that sorrows and sufferings vanish at the meeting not only of real friends, but of the most distant acquaintances, and substitutes happiness in their room. Discuss
- Virginia Woolf August 18, 2018Never are voices so beautiful as on a winter's evening, when dusk almost hides the body, and they seem to issue from nothingness with a note of intimacy seldom heard by day.
- Sherwood Anderson August 17, 2018It would be better to give up the notion of writing until you are better prepared ... You must not become a mere peddler of words. The thing to learn is to know what people are thinking about, not what they say.
- John Filson August 19, 2018
- Why do men want to be fathers? August 16, 2018Why do men want children? Catherine and Neil - a father - discuss and teach vocabulary!
- The advantages of being tall August 9, 2018Does being taller mean you earn more at work? Neil and Catherine discuss height.
- How intelligent is the octopus? August 2, 2018Neil and Catherine chat about this curious animal and teach you six items of vocabulary.
- Not going out July 26, 2018Why are countryside walks no longer so popular?
- Internet - good or bad? April 26, 2018Rob and Neil discuss some of the advantages and drawbacks of going online
- Why do men want to be fathers? August 16, 2018