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Monthly Archives: February, 2015

YOU GO, GRRLS!— IN 19TH CENTURY MASSACHUSETTS

A DRAMA on SiriusXM’s “Radio Classics” introduced me to the Peabody sisters of 19th century Salem, Massachusetts. This remarkable trio, Elizabeth, Mary and Sophia, left a legacy that would do … Continue reading

February 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

“SIT!” SAID THE CYNOLOGIST

A BOOK of Sherlockiana introduced me to the term cynology, “logy” as in “the study of,” cyno from the Greek κυνóς, “dog.” As is usually the case, this book led … Continue reading

February 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

LATINA MORTUA EST?

IS LATIN a dead language? Far from it if you’re into the biological sciences, philology, law or medicine. Or if you happen to be using an ATM in Vatican City. … Continue reading

February 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

THE HUM

I CAME upon the Hum only recently while researching ”Sounds Like…” Maybe you’ve heard of the Hum, within the context of the Auckland Hum, Bristol Hum, Kokomo Hum, Taos Hum, Windsor … Continue reading

February 25, 2015 · 1 Comment

“SOUNDS LIKE…”

AN ONOMATOPOEIC word is one that sounds like its meaning: Bang! Ring, ring. Meow. Some are cross-cultural; others are not. Some have been around a long time; others are only … Continue reading

February 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

FLYING ROME TO TOKYO—IN 1920

THE FIRST flying machines seen by thousands of people across Asia could have been two Ansaldo SVA.9 biplanes. Italian pilots Arturo Ferrarin and Guido Masiero, accompanied by their mechanics Gino … Continue reading

February 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

THE PHILOSOPHY OF AUTO SAFETY

MARK ROSEKIND is the new administrator at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, sworn in December 22, 2014. And, as Keith Crain of Automotive News observed in his column on … Continue reading

February 21, 2015 · 1 Comment