Colloidal silver is a mixture of silver particles and water that has antimicrobial properties. Formerly used on external wounds and burns to prevent infection, colloidal silver is cited by some alternative-health practitioners as a beneficial nutritional supplement and a powerful antibiotic that is relatively safe for human consumption. However, most members of the mainstream medical community warn users that it can lead to argyria, a rare but permanent condition that turns the skin what color?
Back in the day
Situated along busy shipping routes that connect Europe to China, the Port of Singapore is the world's busiest port in terms of shipping tonnage handled. In 1819, Sultan Hussein Shah signed a treaty that effectively established Singapore as a trading post and transferred control of the island to the British East India Company. Singapore was made a British crown colony in 1867 and became a self-governing state in 1959. The first records of Singapore's existence refer to the island by what name?
Born on a day like today
George Herman Ruth, better known as Babe Ruth, was arguably the greatest player in the history of baseball. His ability to hit home runs helped turn the game into the American national pastime in the 1920s and 30s, and two of his records stood for more than 30 years. In 1936, Babe Ruth became the second player to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. What is the origin of his nickname, "Babe"?