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

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 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

A democratização do aprendizado de idiomas

Estamos encerrando o ano de 2018, momento oportuno para compartilharmos alguns indicadores com nossos clientes e amigos. Apesar da crise econômica no Brasil, batemos o recorde de views no nosso site/blog: 133.803 acessos até 03 de dezembro, 98.831 visitantes únicos e uma média de 1,35 posts por visitante. Porém, há uma questão que nos chama a… Read More

Live the Time – Happy New Year!!!

Dear friends and readers / Prezados amigos e leitores, English We would like to wish you a wondeful 2018. Our gift is the video ‘Live the Time’, filmed by Neil Bronhall, cameraman / photographer awarded with an Emmy for camera work on the BBC Sir David Attenborough ‘The Private Life of Plants’ series’. Neil was fascinated… Read More

The cost of higher education at the world’s top universities

Higher education received abroad has always been a widely recognized standard, and students from all over the world are dreaming about it. These are the current costs (end of 2016) of studying (for international students) at the world’s top universities: