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!
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World A Washington D.C. correspondent of Russian government-backed television station RT is apologizing after posting tweets with false information that glorified the Gulags of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. Sameera Khan tweeted that Stalin's forced labor camps allowed for two-week annual holidays, provided wages equal to common citizens and offered prisoners equal citizenship rights after release as well as education, music and theater. She also wrote that married prisoners were given cabins, sentences were revoked for good conduct and the incarcerated had freedom of movement inside the Gulag. Khan accompanied her tweets with script that read "capitalists fooled you...again." The RT employee has since removed the tweets and issued an apology. "I have just found out that the memes I shared re: Stalin’s gulags were inaccurate. My apologies to all those who were offended," she wrote on Twitter. "I also in no way intended to make light of the tragic mass persecutions they took … [Read more...] about RT Writer Glorifies Stalin’s Gulags in False Tweets, Later Apologizes
close Video Could allegation be mistaken identity? Ford: Absolutely not Dr. Christine Blasey Ford responds to a question from Sen. Dianne Feinstein during testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on her sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Christine Blasey Ford gave a detailed scientific explanation for her memory of the alleged incident involving Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh at her highly anticipated Senate testimony Thursday. Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., pressed Ford over her level of certainty that it was, in fact, Kavanaugh who allegedly pinned her down 36 years ago, while in high school, and attempted to remove her clothing. “How are you so sure that it was he?” Feinstein asked. Ford, a California-based psychology professor, laid out a detailed scientific explanation. “The same way that I’m sure I’m talking to you right now,” Ford … [Read more...] about Ford gives scientific explanation for her memory of alleged Kavanaugh incident
President Trump told Spain he thinks building a wall across the Sahara Desert will help solve the European migration crisis.That’s according to Spain’s Foreign Minister Josep Borrell, who doesn’t think a border wall will be an apt solution.According to El Pais, Trump told Borrell, "The border with the Sahara cannot be bigger than our border with Mexico.”It’s important to note Trump is still struggling to have the U.S.-Mexico border wall built, he even threatened a government shutdown if he doesn’t get the funding.Also according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection report, his prototypes are failing tests.See the prototypes here: 23 PHOTOS President Donald Trump's border wall prototypes See Gallery President Donald Trump's border wall prototypes A border patrol officer stands next to some of U.S. President Donald Trump's eight border wall prototypes as they near completion along U.S.- Mexico border in San Diego, California, U.S., … [Read more...] about Trump told Spain it should build a border wall across the Sahara desert