Category: history

History: what is a telephone “party line?”

Self-tutoring about lifestyle history: the tutor mentions the idea of a party line. I was at an apartment in the late ’80s where the resident said she had a “party line.” I didn’t know what she meant, but didn’t ask.

History: 2019: Remembrance Day reflections

Self-tutoring about Remembrance Day: the tutor reflects…. Of course, today is marked to honour those who have fallen defending their homelands in war. Many have marked graves; many do not. By far most were very young when killed. For a

History: General Nathan Bedford Forrest, part 0

Self-tutoring about the Civil War: the tutor mentions a quote never far from his mind. I have never on the field of battle sent you where I was unwilling to go myself, nor would I now advise you to a

Internet documentaries: ColdFusion: “Enron – the Biggest Fraud in History”

Self-tutoring about history: the tutor finds a documentary, by ColdFusion, about Enron. The Enron story loomed large in 2000 and 2001. During summer 2000, Enron reached its peak value of around $70B. December 2001 it filed for bankruptcy. The ColdFusion

History: what does GI stand for in GI Joe?

Self-tutoring about pop culture and history: the tutor researches another question he’s often wondered about. GI: galvanized iron, apparently. With time, it took on a broader meaning, eventually referring even to recruits. BTW: not all sources seem to agree about

When did the Jesuits begin?

Self-tutoring about history: the tutor gives a brief about the Jesuits. The Jesuits are a Catholic religious order begun in 1534, and approved by Pope Paul III in 1540. Their main aim is helping people from a Catholic viewpoint, hopefully

How much is a talent (unit of mass)?

Self-tutoring about antiquity: the tutor brings up the ancient unit of mass talent. Talent is a measure used for precious metals in the Old Testament – for instance, in 1 Kings 10.10. How much was a talent? Apparently, a talent,

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

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.

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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

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