Origin of Thanksgiving Day

    Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Several other places around the world observe similar celebrations. It is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States… Read More

What is beauty? Before and after.

What is your definition of beauty? Despite the universal standard, beauty still varies within different cultures throughout the world. And to find out what it means to be beautiful in each corner of the planet, American journalist and photographer Esther Honig decided to transform herself. In her project “Before and After”, she sent a picture… Read More

Leonardo Da Vinci’s wacky piano is heard for the first time after 500 years

A bizarre instrument combining a piano and cello has finally been played to an audience more than 500 years after it was dreamt up Leonardo da Vinci. Da Vinci, the Italian Renaissance genius who painted the Mona Lisa, invented the ‘‘viola organista’’ – which looks like a baby grand piano – but never built it,… Read More

The Impact of Leaders’ Language

  A new study by Jonathan R. Clark, assistant professor of management at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), states that the language of leaders has a profound effect on the performance of their employees. Clark’s top-tier research, published in Organizational Dynamics, shows that how a company presents its vision and values is deeply… Read More

Politically correct English

As we progress in the 21st century, more and more everyday English terms are considered offensive. Although there are many categories in which words have been changed such as racial and ethnic groups, age, ilness and disabilities, and sexual preferences, among others, it is in gender that these changes are more noticeable: Gender is an… Read More

The Blonde Stereotype

I have always wondered about the origin of blonde jokes. All women I know, despite of their hair color, are pretty smart! So, with a little help from Wikipedia, here it is: The blonde stereotype, the stereotypical perception of blond-haired women, has two aspects. On one hand, over the history, blonde hair in women has… Read More

Automaton

Pierre Jaquet-Droz (1721–1790) was a Swiss-born watchmaker of the late eighteenth century. He lived in Paris, London, and Geneva, where he designed and built animated dolls, or automata, to help his firm sell watches and mechanical birds. His astonishing mechanisms fascinated the kings and emperors of Europe, China, India, and Japan. Some consider these devices to be the oldest examples of the computer. The Writer has… Read More

You can do it: coffee

The origin and history of coffee dates back to the 10th century, and possibly earlier with a number of reports and legends surrounding its first use. The native (undomesticated) origin of coffee is thought to have been Ethiopia. The earliest substantiated evidence of either coffee drinking or knowledge of the coffee tree is from the 15th century, in the Sufi monasteries… Read More