" It is just at the very age when a man's character is forming that he tumbles into love, and then the lass he loves has the making or marring of him. Unconsciously he molds himself to what she would have him, good or bad. "
Jerome K. Jerome

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Alexis St. Martin Becomes Medical Marvel

In 1822, St. Martin, a Canadian fur trapper, was accidentally shot with a musket at close range, leaving a fist-sized hole in his stomach. Dr. William Beaumont, a US Army surgeon, saved his life. However, the wound never healed properly, and the small hole that remained enabled Beaumont to experiment on digestion by inserting and removing food to study the effects of gastric juices. Why, when St. Martin died at age 86, did his family wait to bury him until his body began to decompose?



The Pool of Siloam

In the New Testament of the Bible, an account in the Gospel of John tells of how Jesus cured a blind man by covering his eyes with mud and then having him wash in the Pool of Siloam—the same pool mentioned multiple times in the Old Testament Book of Isaiah. The rock-cut pool is believed to have been used as a ritual bath by ancient Jews near the Temple. In 2004, archaeologists in Jerusalem announced that they had discovered the pool during an unrelated excavation. Where was it found?

Born on a day like today


William Thomas Cosgrave

Cosgrave was the first prime minister of the Irish Free State, which was created following a 1921 treaty with Britain. Serving from 1922 to 1932, he was able to maintain a democratic government despite several crises and the tensions related to the Irish struggle for sovereignty. Cosgrave was elected to British Parliament in 1918 but protested British rule by refusing to take his seat. Two years earlier, his role in the Easter Rising of 1916 earned him a death sentence. How did he avoid it?

Last updated on Thursday, 6th June 2013

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