Ronald Reagan and ice cream

Self-tutoring about history and dessert: the tutor shares a find about Ronald Reagan.

I was a kid while Reagan was in power in the United States. Times were heady: the Cold War was reaching its climax. Most people probably recall Reagan as the tough president who wouldn’t back down from the Soviets. He earned their respect, and mine as well.

Reagan loved the American way of life. In fact, back in ’84, he designated July as National Ice Cream Month. More specifically, July’s third Sunday would be National Ice Cream Day. He recommended Americans come up with fitting ways to embrace the occasion.

Reagan was always smiling. I regret I never got to share a bowl of ice cream with him:)

Source:

www.idfa.org

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English, history: whence the saying “That’s all she wrote”?

Self-tutoring: the tutor inquires about the origin of the popular saying “That’s all she wrote.”

Apparently “That’s all she wrote” originates from WWII: if an American serviceman received a letter saying only “Dear John,” he’d been deserted by its writer. Observing the brevity of the letter, its receiver would report “That’s all she wrote” to share that his lady back home had left him. Therefore, “That’s all she wrote” meant not only the letter ended, but the relationship also had.

I had hoped, perhaps, for a more intriguing story behind “That’s all she wrote.” However, two sources suggest it arose as explained above. Hence, for this post, “That’s all she wrote:)”

Source:

word-ancestry.livejournal.com/60070.html

www.phrases.org

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Music, history: the 85-key piano

Seeing an antique can trigger self-tutoring: the tutor shares a find.

A few days back my son, visiting a historic site, was invited to play the piano. After awhile he pointed out that it starts – and ends – with an A key.

The pianos that I’ve seen, as both my sons pointed out, start with a bass A but end with a treble C. Our piano at home is like so. Such pianos have 88 keys.

The antique one that starts with a bass A, but ends with a treble A as well, three keys earlier than I’ve ever seen – is it common? Well, common enough, especially among pianos from the 1800s, apparently.

Source:

livingpianos.com

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History: Battle of Hastings: what was William’s claim?

Tutoring history or social studies, you might be asked about the Battle of Hastings. The tutor explains why it happened.

William’s claim

William of Normandy was a cousin of Edward the Confessor, King of England 1042-1066. Supposedly, William visited Edward, in England, in 1051. Some believe that, during that visit, Edward promised he would name William to succeed him as King of England.

Edward the Confessor died in January 1066; just before, he named Harold Godwine to take over as England’s king. Thinking the English crown had already been promised to him, William invaded England in September 1066 to claim his right.

Source:

www.history.com

www.bbc.co.uk

www.historylearningsite.co.uk

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English, economics, history: what is mercantilism?

Tutoring a number of subjects, the term mercantilism might arise. The tutor defines it.

mercantilism

economic policy that favours exports, discourages imports, and has the objective of amassing precious metals.

Source:

Barber, Katherine et al. Oxford Canadian Dictionary of Current English. Don Mills: Oxford University Press, 2005.

www.investopedia.com

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English, history: what does wassail mean?

Tutoring English, new vocabulary is always interesting. The tutor shares the meaning of wassail and its holiday connection.

wassail (verb): to celebrate with drinking

In the Yule celebrations, people would not only wassail each other, but also crops and trees.

Source:

wicca.com

Mish, Frederick C (editor). The Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Springfield: Merriam-Webster, 2004.

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English, history: AD vs CE

Tutoring English, conventions are important. The tutor brings up one he was curious about.

As far as I can determine, timewise, the two acronyms AD and CE have the same meaning. However, their literal meanings are different:

AD anno domini: year of our lord

CE: common era

The reason CE might be used is to avoid religious connection to a given topic.

Source:

bible.org

english.stackexchange.com

Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.

Business: what do Carly Fiorina and Martha Stewart have in common?

Tutoring, you’re interested in education. The tutor brings up two business titans from the late ’90s/2000s: What were their first degrees?

In their time, I followed both Carly Fiorina (CEO, Hewlett-Packard, 1999-2005) and Martha Stewart through the headlines. Both were tremendous achievers – that’s an understatement.

Interestingly, both have arts degrees (among others). Carly has a BA in philosophy and medieval history from Stanford; Martha has a double major in history and architectural history from Barnard College.

Some people say it’s hard to succeed in business with an arts degree….:)

Source:

wikipedia

wikipedia

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Architecture: what is an engaged column?

Tutoring history, you might mention architectural features. The tutor brings up the engaged column.

An engaged column is a round vertical feature that is not free-standing, but partly built into a wall. Its roundness protrudes from the wall it’s part of, interrupting what would simply be flatness.

The engaged column is not only a design element, but also structural. It increases the surface area of the wall it’s part of, which contributes extra strength. It also adds vertical support to the roof above.

Source:

study.com

Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.

Lifestyle, history: how was acetaminophen discovered?

The tutor shares a few facts from his recent research of pain medications.

In 1886, Doctors Arnold Cahn and Paul Hepp were trying naphthalene as a treatment for intestinal worms. They ordered more, but a pharmacist mistakenly sent acetanilide.

One of the patients was not only suffering from worms, but also from fever. After they took the acetanilide, the fever subsided, although the intestinal worms remained. The doctors examined the medication and discovered it wasn’t naphthalene, but rather acetanilide.

Having noticed the fever-reducing performance of the acetanilide, the doctors performed more trials with it. They discovered it to be effective as a pain reliever (analgesic) as well. A derivative, phenacetin, became established by Bayer for relief of pain and fever.

Phenacetin, even in moderate doses, was found to be toxic. In 1899, Karl Morner of Germany discovered that the body metabolizes acetanilide into acetaminophen. (The same effect occurs with phenacetin.) In the UK, Sterling realized that acetaminophen is effective against pain and fever, without the toxicity of phenacetin.

Acetaminophen went to market in the US and the UK in the 1950s. It is also known as paracetamol, and sold under many brand names worldwide.

Source:

www.ch.ic.ac.uk

onlinelibrary.wiley.com

historyhole.com

medicinenet.com

world-medicinehistory.com

chemistryexplained.com

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