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- The Cottingley Fairies June 24, 2018In the early 20th century, cousins Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths created a series of photographs in which they were seen interacting with what appear to be fairies. The images provoked heated debate and even gained the attention of famed Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who championed their authenticity. Though the women initially claimed […]
- Wayang Kulit June 23, 2018Wayang—a classical form of Indonesian puppet theater—has been an important part of the local culture for centuries, with the puppeteers regarded as repositories of moral and aesthetic values. Hindu narratives featured prominently in early wayang. Later, Islamic restrictions against representations of God or gods led to the development of wayang kulit, a styl […]
- Lilith June 22, 2018Likely derived from the Assyrian storm demon Lilitu, Lilith is a female demon of Jewish mythology. In rabbinic literature, she is acknowledged as either Adam's first wife or the mother of his demonic offspring after he separated from Eve outside of Eden. Talmudic sources describe Lilith as a nocturnal creature with many evil attributes, while Jewish fol […]
- The Cottingley Fairies June 24, 2018
- Emperor Trajan Inaugurates the Aqua Traiana (109 CE) June 24, 2018The Aqua Traiana was an aqueduct built under Roman Emperor Trajan in the 2nd century CE. The structure channeled water to Rome from sources around Lake Bracciano, about 25 mi (40 km) northwest of the city. In 1605, Pope Paul V initiated the Aqua Traiana's repair to augment the city's water supply. Renamed the Acqua Paola in the pope's honor, i […]
- Edgardo Mortara Kidnapped from Jewish Family after Secret Baptism (1858) June 23, 2018Mortara, the son of a Jewish couple living in the Papal States, was secretly baptized Catholic as an infant by a panicked servant during an infantile illness. The baptism was deemed valid by the Catholic Church and, because canon law forbade non-Christians from raising Christian children, Pope Pius IX ordered the six-year-old Mortara to be taken to Rome as h […]
- The Hammond Circus Train Wreck (1918) June 22, 2018On the morning of June 22, 1918, a locomotive pulling empty passenger cars rear-ended the Hagenbeck-Wallace circus train near Hammond, Indiana. The wreck and subsequent fire—likely ignited by the oil lamps in the circus train's wooden sleeping cars—resulted in 86 deaths and 127 injuries. Most of the dead were buried five days later in a nearby cemetery, […]
- Emperor Trajan Inaugurates the Aqua Traiana (109 CE) June 24, 2018
- Henry Ward Beecher (1813) June 24, 2018Beecher became one of the most famous and influential American ministers of his time for his advocacy of an emotional "gospel of love" Christianity. Every important issue of the day was discussed from his pulpit and in his lectures. He was a leader in the antislavery movement, a proponent of women's suffrage, and an advocate of the theory of e […]
- Wilma Glodean Rudolph (1940) June 23, 2018Rudolph was the first American woman to win three gold medals in track and field in a single Olympic Games. She accomplished this despite having contracted numerous serious illnesses as a child, including polio, which damaged her leg and required her to wear a brace for some time. At the 1960 Games, she won gold in the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash, and […]
- Erich Maria Remarque (1898) June 22, 2018Drafted into the German army at age 18, Remarque served in World War I and was wounded several times. From his experience of trench warfare, he drew a grimly realistic picture of the horror of battle in his first novel and masterpiece, All Quiet on the Western Front. It was an immediate international success, and Remarque went on to write several other novel […]
- Henry Ward Beecher (1813) June 24, 2018
- Watermelon Thump June 24, 2018This is a celebration of the watermelon harvest in Luling, Texas. The chief watermelon-related events are watermelon judging, a watermelon auction, watermelon-eating competitions, and watermelon seed-spitting contests leading to a Championship Seed Spit-Off. Among other activities are a parade, a carnival, and the coronation of the Watermelon Thump Queen. Di […]
- Stonehenge Summer Solstice Ceremony June 23, 2018Stonehenge, the ancient stone circle located in Wiltshire, England, is believed to have been built between about 3050 and 1600 BCE. At the Summer Solstice, when viewed from the center of the monument, the sun rises through the entrance and just between two of the large stones. Today, modern Druids and other Neopagans gather at Stonehenge for Summer Solstice […]
- Midsummer (Sweden) June 22, 2018The Swedish begin their Midsommar celebration on the Friday before Midsummer Eve and continue through Sunday. Every town and village sets up a maypole, or Majstang, which is decorated with flowers, leaves, and flags. The province of Dalarna, where some of Sweden's oldest wooden cottages have been preserved, is a popular place to spend the Midsommar fest […]
- Watermelon Thump June 24, 2018
- self-assured June 24, 2018Definition: (adjective) Showing poise and confidence in your own worth. Synonyms: self-confident. Usage: He's a self-assured negotiator, and his confidence helps him make sales that no one else can. Discuss
- extortionate June 23, 2018Definition: (adjective) Greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation. Synonyms: exorbitant, usurious, outrageous, steep, unconscionable. Usage: The extortionate price of designer clothes makes them all the more desirable to those that can afford them.
- shenanigan June 22, 2018Definition: (noun) Reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in others. Synonyms: mischief, devilment, roguery, devilry, mischievousness, rascality. Usage: Mr. Jones had had enough of Billy's shenanigans and sent him to the principal's office in the hopes that she would be able to straighten the unruly student out. […]
- self-assured June 24, 2018
- Successful trial of 'coral IVF' gives hope for Australia's Great Barrier Reef June 24, 2018A coral fertility treatment designed to help heal damaged parts of Australia's Great Barrier Reef is showing signs of success and now needs to be scaled up to create a bigger impact, the lead scientist tells CNN. Peter Harrison a professor at Southern ... Discuss
- University will pay you $3500 to get the flu and book you a 10-day stay at 'Hotel Influenza' June 23, 2018University researchers are hoping that $3,500 will convince enough people to risk possibly suffering through a bout of diarrhea, fever, body aches and other flu symptoms in the name of science. The pitch is for volunteers to willingly expose themselves ...
- Honeybees Know A Lot About Nothing June 22, 2018Humans aren't the only species who can ponder abstract mathematical concepts like nonexistence. Honeybees understand that the number zero is less than 1, according to a new study. Dolphins, African grey parrots and non-human primates also understand ...
- Successful trial of 'coral IVF' gives hope for Australia's Great Barrier Reef June 24, 2018
- Herman Melville June 24, 2018Insensible as he is to a thousand wants, and removed from harassing cares, may not the savage be the happier man of the two? Discuss
- L. Frank Baum June 23, 2018It is worth a lot of bother to be able to think properly.
- Frances Hodgson Burnett June 22, 2018One of the new things people began to find out in the last century was that thoughts—just mere thoughts—are as powerful as electric batteries—as good for one as sunlight is, or as bad for one as poison.
- Herman Melville June 24, 2018
- Is gaming a sport? June 21, 2018We hear from people who take part in computer game tournaments and earn money from them.
- Are you excited about the World Cup? June 14, 2018We hear from football fans and those who are not so keen on the tournament.
- Talking to machines June 7, 2018How is the way we interact with technology affecting the type of language we use?
- Risk June 7, 2018Are you a risk taker? Knowing your risk type can help people make decisions for you.
- Internet - good or bad? April 26, 2018Rob and Neil discuss some of the advantages and drawbacks of going online
- Is gaming a sport? June 21, 2018