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How an old proverb led to two songs, a popular rock and roll band and a magazine | Words and Their Stories
Americans seem to have a lot of concern about losing it. At least that is what you would think from hearing them talk. They use the expression when they feel they are losing control.
Jeez Louise, don't be a doubting Thomas -- just sign your John Hancock and make Uncle Sam happy with these Words and Their Stories!
There are many American expressions about insects -- like bees, for example. Bees are known as very hard workers. They always appear to be busy, moving around in their homes, or hives. So you might say you were "as busy as a bee" if you spent your weekend cleaning your house.
This is a story about fraidy-cats, scaredy-cats, copycats, fat cats and everything else the cats dragged in.
Monkeys are very similar to us in many ways -- most have ten fingers and ten toes, and brains much like ours. We enjoy watching them because they often act like us. In fact, Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution says that monkeys and humans share a common ancestor.
Hedging Your Bets or Making Hay While the Sun Shines are American expressions that come from the farms. That and more in today's Worlds and Their Stories.
Thousands of students in Hong Kong are boycotting classes this week. They are protesting the Chinese government's decision to have a committee approve candidates for the territory's top official. More
A new social media site, Netropolitan, promises to be more exclusive by only permitting people who are rich to join. Users must pay $9,000 to join. This includes a $6,000 entry fee plus $3,000 for the yearly membership fee. More
Istanbul is suddenly the skyscraper capital of Europe, thanks to a national construction boom. But recent construction accidents in the country have many people angry about worker safety. More
Also, Islamic State group urges followers to attack citizens of the United States, France and other countries; And three missing Afghan soldiers found in U.S. near border with Canada | In the News More
The shooting of an unarmed teenager fueled racial anger between police and Ferguson’s African American community. Now, some African-American parents and social workers are talking to young people about how to act when stopped by police. More
Scientists in South Korea find that “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure.” Read on to learn about this idiom and many other expressions. More
Researchers saw immediate changes in brains of people when they were told hard work is more important than their genes | Science in the News More
President Abraham Lincoln asked the states for 75,000 soldiers to stop the South's rebellion. But border states -- those between the North and South -- refused to send any troops. And some prepared to leave the Union and join the Confederacy. More
These days, we all know that exercise is good for our health. But did you know that something as common as sitting too much could be bad for our health? Read on to find out more about the importance of moving. | HEALTH More
The new report says the Earth’s ozone layer is showing signs of recovery. Ozone is a form of oxygen. It is found in the air we breathe and in Earth's atmosphere. More