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People, non-governmental organizations and governments unite on World No Tobacco Day to draw attention to the health problems that tobacco use can cause. It is held on May 31 each year.
The World Health Assembly created World No Tobacco Day in 1987 to draw global attention to the tobacco epidemic and its lethal effects. It provides an opportunity to highlight specific tobacco control messages and to promote adherence to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. Tobacco use is the number...
I heard there was All Russian Library Day yesterday. So I'd like to show you The 35 Most Amazing Libraries In The World.
1. Library of Congress, Washington D.C.
The Library of Congress is essentially the national library of the United States and the oldest federal cultural institution in the US. The library consists of three different buildings and is the largest library in the world as measured by shelf space and number of volumes. The library is open to the public, but as the research institution of Congress only members of Congress (and Supreme Court justices and certain other government officials) may check out books.
Yes, if you looked out your window last night you experienced the biggest and brightest full moon of the year. We're going to venture to say that this year, the most gorgeous photo of last night's Supermoon you will see is the one above, taken by Flickr photographer Don Kittle. It shows birds silhouetted against the stunning moon. "Went out to Humber Bay bridge (in Toronto, Canada) tonight to shoot the moon," he writes. "There were lots of birds over the harbour so I just waited patiently...
A patient matchstick artist has painstakingly recreated this stunning replica of the Notre Dame Cathedral.
Patrick Acton, 59, used 298,000 matchsticks and a whopping 55 litres of wood glue to assemble the 7.5ft long by 5ft high (2.3m x structure.
He spent 2,000 hours on the piece, but he can take solace in the fact it took over 180 years to build the stone cathedral in Paris.
Labour of love: Patrick Acton, 59, used 298,000 matchsticks and a whopping 55 litres of...
Think about how easy and natural it is to type an English word. Writing a word down on paper and typing a word on a computer are done using the same process – letter by letter. Made a mistake? Pop back and fix the spelling error. It’s easy to overlook how simple the whole process is, because it is done so naturally. But, users of the Roman alphabet have it easy in the world of computers. Things don’t go as smoothly in other languages around the world, which have had to adapt to the now-ubiquitous...
"Here she is - the
iPad HD! Er, new iPad," says Engadget. Right! Wait - what? Yes, the new iPad is not being called the iPad 3 but just the new iPad. You know, like they did for the New Testament. "Breaking away from the numerical tracking system used before (and still used in the iPhone range), Apple has decided to highlight the most major change in its newest slate by simply dubbing it 'new.' " Everybody cheer on the count of three: One. Two. Yay. Three. Couldn't hold it in! The denumbering...
In this cartoon from The Daily Telegraph, Christian Adams uses the 'going off a cliff' metaphor (see here, here, and here for other examples) to comment on Germany's changing attitude to the Greek debt crisis.
In the top two panels, German Chancellor Angela Merkel tries to warn Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos that he is walking towards the cliff edge. Merkel seems genuinely alarmed. However, when Papademos carries on walking on air rather than plunging into the void, Merkel becomes impatient and starts looking at her watch, waiting for him to fall.
The message seems to be that after trying to save Greece from disaster with the carrot and stick approach of bailouts and austerity measures, Germany has now accepted the inevitable: that Greece is a lost cause and it is only a matter of time before its economy crashes.
The thing I would like to ask you is one question and three variants to answer.
How did you learn English?
1. at school
2. in an university
3. by yourself
A Short History of Medicine:
"Doctor, I have an ear ache."
2000 B.C. - "Here, eat this root."
1000 A.D. - "That root is heathen, say this prayer."
1850 A.D. - "That prayer is superstition, drink this potion."
1940 A.D. - "That potion is snake oil, swallow this pill."
1985 A.D. - "That pill is ineffective, take this antibiotic."
2000 A.D. - "That antibiotic is artificial. Here, eat this root!"
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