“Man is descended from a hairy, tailed quadruped.”

The publication of Charles Darwin’s book On the Origin of Species in 1859 helped launch the modern science of evolution. It also created a firestorm of controversy, by suggesting that all species — including homo sapiens — evolved from “lower” life forms. However, Darwin did not explicitly state that humans evolved from ape and monkey-like … Read more

“We have met the enemy and he is us.”

The animal characters Walt Kelly created for his classic newspaper comic strip Pogo were known for their seemingly simplistic, but slyly perceptive comments about the state of the world and politics. None is more remembered than Pogo the ‘possum’s quote in the poster Kelly designed to help promote environmental awareness and publicize the first annual … 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