Should auld acquaintance (or old lyrics) be forgot…

Contrary to what you sometimes hear, Scottish poet and lyricist Robert Burns (1759-1796) didn’t create the song “Auld Lang Syne.” And, Canadian bandleader Guy Lombardo didn’t start the tradition of singing the song at New Year’s Eve parties. However, Burns did flesh out and popularize the lyrics of the song as we know it today … Read more

“Politics is not an exact science,” said Bismark. But is it an art?

On this date in 1863, the Prussian statesman Otto von Bismark made a famous remark about politics to members of the Prussian parliament. “Politics is not an exact science,” he said, on December 18, 1863. At the time, Bismark was serving as right hand man and Minister-President for Prussian King William I, who faced occasional … Read more

The “shocking” quote by Dr. Joycelyn Elders that got her fired by Pres. Bill Clinton…

Dr. Joycelyn Elders endured a lot on her rise to becoming the first African American to be appointed Surgeon General of the United States. She was born in 1933, the daughter of a poor sharecropper in a segregated community in rural Arkansas. As a child, she had to balance working in the cotton fields with … Read more