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Question: Was Winnie the Pooh a real teddy bear? Answer: Yes. He belonged to Christopher Robin Milne, son of writer and poet A. A. (Alan Alexander) Milne. And his name came from the black bear young Christopher used to like to visit at London Zoo. Orphaned as a cub, the bear had been rescued by […]

Though the Macy’s Parade in New York might be the best known (even non-Americans have heard of it), it is not the oldest Thanksgiving Day Parade in the country. The first one was held in Philadelphia in 1920, and was sponsored by Gimbel’s Department Store.

Great Britain has its share of violent storms (the photo above was taken in Blackpool in what was about to become gale-force winds) but nowadays, people have some warning and are a bit prepared. On November 24th, 1703, however, no one was in the least prepared. A violent week-long squall hit Southern England, killing thousands […]

Some of the transplant team with the donor and recipient. From left to right: Joseph E. Murray (surgeon), Richard Herrick (recipient), John P. Merrill (nephrologist), Ronald Herrick (donor) and J. Hartwell Harrison (surgeon). On December 23rd, 1954, a healthy kidney was removed from twenty-three-year-old Ronald Herrick and placed in his identical twin brother, Richard Herrick. […]

Until late in the eighteenth century, books aimed at kids were primarily designed to be educational or morally uplifting. Then, in 1770, a London publisher named Robert Sayer introduced what were called ‘metamorphoses’ books because they contained pages with illustrations that could be revealed by raising a flap. Later on, publishers like Ernest Nister and […]

November is Picture Book Month, and the ones above were five of my favourites when I was a child. (Yes, I still have them.) The earliest picture book for children was Orbis Sensualium Pictus (Translation: The World of Things Obvious to the Senses Drawn in Pictures). It was published in 1658 and contains 150 pictures of […]

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