Americans are awash in information. Most of us walk around with devices that give us instant access to all the knowledge in human history. But before you could Google it, and long before we met Alexa, there was Britannica. As in Encyclopedia Britannica, which turns 250 years old this month. "Britannica did something unique," said executive editor Ted Pappas. "It combined long, scholarly essays with short definitional entries and practical information." Founded in 1768 in Edinburgh, Scotland, Britannica was the brainchild of Colin Macfarquhar, a printer, and Andrew Bell, an engraver. They also had an editor, William Smellie. "He was a very learned man," Pappas said, with (he added) a wonderful capacity for drinking. So there they were, two guys with no formal training and one very drunk editor managed to write and publish the first edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica, in three volumes. Its useful, practical information also contained some guesses: a short article from 1768 … [Read more...] about Encyclopedia Britannica is turning 250 – look it up!
World Ancient Egypt sphinx Archaeology Archaeologists have discovered a sphinx buried in Luxor in Egypt—the site of the ancient city of Thebes—Egypt Today has reported. The newly uncovered sphinx is the latest treasure imparted by Luxor’s ancient Al-Kabbash Road, much of which is lined with the magnificent stone creatures. File photo: Luxor's avenue of sphinxes is pictured. Getty Images Al-Kabbash Road links the famous Luxor Temple to Karnak Temple—two vast and impressive centers built for the ancient god Amon, who was particularly revered in Thebes from about 2000 BCE. Recommended Slideshows 76 The Most Powerful Military Forces in the World 59 The 25 Most Powerful Passports in the World 61 Every World Press Photo Winner Ever: 60 Images That Define Our World The statue is pretty small compared to the famous Great Sphinx of Giza, which sits near the Great Pyramids of Giza. But what it lacks in size, … [Read more...] about Ancient Egypt: New Sphinx Statue Uncovered in Historic Luxor City
World Russia Steven Seagal Russia has tasked martial arts film icon Steven Seagal to raise awareness of its “common history” with the U.S., including Moscow’s colonial rule over Alaska and other parts of America. Seagal, who has recently rediscovered his celebrity with visits to Russia and the former Soviet Union, accepted the honor of a “special representative” of the Russian Foreign Ministry over the weekend. The actor issued a statement claiming he was “humbled and honored” to oversee “Russian and American Humanitarian ties” on Monday, while Moscow explained what issues would fall under Seagal’s amorphous purview later in the day. “It is expected that in his new role, Steven Seagal will assist in the development and implementation of various projects for bilateral cooperation in the field of culture, arts, science, education, sports, public and youth exchanges, as well as participate in respective events in Russia … [Read more...] about Russia Wants Steven Seagal to Remind U.S. About Moscow Ruling Alaska
World Russia Kaliningrad castles Germany Middle Ages History A castle that once housed one of Europe’s most famous knight orders in the Middle Ages is up for sale, with an asking price of $153,000. The Preussisch Eylau Castle, built in the marshes near the coast of the Baltic Sea in the 14th century, has changed hands repeatedly in its lifetime, once forming part of Nazi Germany’s East Prussia region, then coming under Soviet control and remaining a lone Russian enclave as Communism in Eastern Europe collapsed during the 1990s. The ex-knights’ residence and survivor of sieges and war has slipped into disrepair in recent years and authorities are now looking for a new lord of this manor. Russia’s Kaliningrad region announced the open tender this month, calling for bidders to take the castle off the state’s hands, provided they preserve it as a culturally important building. The property includes the 3,628.2 square meter (0.9 acres) castle and the 45,800 … [Read more...] about 14th-Century Castle Once Held by Nazis and Soviets Is Up for Sale
Barbara Ortutay, Ap Technology Writer Updated 4:17 pm PDT, Monday, July 9, 2018 Photo: AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 This image provided by Google shows a page of Local news in the free YouTube app for TV screens. Google's YouTube says it is taking several steps to ensure the veracity of news on its service by cracking down on misinformation and supporting news organizations. The company said Monday, July 9, 2018, it will make "authoritative" news sources more prominent, especially in the wake of breaking news events when misinformation can spread quickly. (Google via AP) less This image provided by Google shows a page of Local news in the free YouTube app for TV screens. Google's YouTube says it is taking several steps to ensure the veracity of news on its service by cracking down ... more Photo: AP YouTube aims to crack … [Read more...] about YouTube aims to crack down on fake news, support journalism