Interesting Facts About Colours
We live in a colorful world. In many countries, colors represent various holidays; they are also used to express feelings and enliven language. Find your favorite color and see what it means around the world.
The ancient Egyptians and Romans used black for mourning, as do most Europeans and Americans today. The "Blackshirts" were the security troops in Hitler's German army, also known as the S.S. Black often stands for secrecy. Black humor is morbid or unhealthy and gloomy humor. A "blackhearted" person is evil. If a business is "in the black," it is making money. A "blacklist" is a list of persons or organizations to be boycotted or punished. Black is associated with sophistication and elegance. A "black tie" event is formal.
A Guide to Inventions and Discoveries
Aqualung: Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Emile Gagnan, France, 1943.
Aspirin: Dr. Felix Hoffman, Germany, 1899.
Astronomical calculator: The Antikythera device, Greece, first century B.C.. Found off island of Antikythera in 1900.
Atom: (nuclear model of) Ernest Rutherford, England, 1911.
(Uncontrolled obsession is called mania)
spermomania germs (See also spermato mania)
stauromania crosses or the crucifix
stenomania narrow things or places
An idiom a day, keeps confusion away
Boil to the surface
If a problem or issue boils to the surface, it emerges at a particular time and needs to be discussed or resolved.
Chinese walls are regulatory information barriers that aim to stop the flow of information that could be misused, especially in financial corporations.
If a person is in the doldrums, they are depressed. If a project or something similar is in the doldrums, it isn't making.
Every man has his price
Anyone's opinion or support can be bought, everyone's principles have a limit.
Transport & Travel
underground (UK) : Underground urban railway system.
visa : Stamp or mark put on a passport to authorize.