Daily Archives: March 4, 2013

Quotation: Ralph Waldo Emerson – On one’s personal courage

Every man has his own courage, and is betrayed because he seeks in himself the courage of other persons.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) Discuss

Today’s Birthday: JACK SHEPPARD (1702)

Jack Sheppard (1702)

A popular English criminal who served as the basis for the character Macheath in John Gay‘s The Beggar’s Opera, Sheppard was arrested and imprisoned five times in 1724 alone. The first four times, he escaped. The fifth time, he was executed. Because his crimes were all non-violent, he was well liked, especially by the lower classes, and he became a fixture in the folklore of the era. His execution resembled a party, with the 22-year-old stopping to do what on his way to the gallows? More… Discuss


This Day in the Yesteryear: COLLINWOOD SCHOOL FIRE (1908)

Collinwood School Fire (1908)

In one of the deadliest disasters of its kind in the United States, 172 children and three adults were killed when an elementary school caught fire in Collinwood, Ohio. Though the building’s doors opened outward, they were fitted with regular door latches instead of panic bars, which hindered the evacuation. As the conflagration rapidly spread, many children became trapped. Within two years of the disaster, residents of Collinwood voted to make what dramatic change to their community? More… Discuss


Genetic Consequences of Sacrificing Sleep

Imagine a future in which sleep has been made obsolete. It may be improbable, but it is not necessarily impossible. A lack of adequate sleep can cause a host of health issues, as illustrated by a recent study showing that just a week of shortened sleep alters theexpression of more than 700 genes, including those involved in stress and immuneresponses. Still, if researchers are able to uncover all of the physiological changes that occur as a result of sleep deprivation, they could, theoretically, develop a drug to counter these effects and thereby eliminate the need for sleep. More… Discuss


St. Elmo’s Fire

St. Elmo’s fire is a weather phenomenon that causes luminous plasma to appear at the ends of tall, pointed objects such as spires, airplane wings, and ships’ masts when the atmosphere is electrically charged. It is sometimes accompanied by a hissing sound. Named for St. Erasmus, the patron saint of sailors, the glowing display has been known to mariners since ancient times and has been interpreted as an omen, usually for good. What were some notable historical appearances of the phenomenon? More…Discuss