" In all private quarrels the duller nature is triumphant by reason of dullness. "
George Eliot

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Battle of Mohács Begins

In 1526, King Louis II of Hungary and Bohemia led a poorly prepared army against a vastly superior Turkish force led by Sultan Suleiman I with disastrous results. About 25,000 of the king's soldiers were killed in the battle, and the rest were taken captive and massacred. Louis himself died during the retreat after being thrown from his horse. The defeat resulted in more than 150 years of Ottoman domination in Hungary. What modern Hungarian expression of bad luck references the battle?



Tennis Elbow

Lateral epicondylitis or lateral epicondylosis, commonly known as tennis elbow, is a painful inflammation of several structures in the elbow resulting from overuse of lower arm muscles—those often used while playing tennis and other sports. When wrist muscles in the forearm are repeatedly and forcefully contracted, the stress causes microscopic tears, leading to inflammation. Though associated with sports players, mechanics and carpenters are also at risk for the condition. How is it treated?

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Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

The father of the US Supreme Court justice of the same name, Holmes was an American physician, poet, and humorist. After beginning his medical career as a general practitioner, he shifted to the academic field and became dean of the Harvard medical school. However, he is perhaps best known for the poem that won him national acclaim—"Old Ironsides," a protest against the scrapping of the USS Constitution, which helped save the ship. What common medical term was coined by Holmes?

Last updated on Monday, 30th August 2010

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