The Best Olympians

Hamblin and Abbey D’Agostino, a runner from Topsfield, Mass., collided on the track during the women’s 5,000-meter race. The two seemingly sacrificed any chance at an Olympic medal to help each other reach the finish line, picking each other up, urging each other to continue, pushing each other to the finish. “I’m never going to … Continue reading The Best Olympians

Harry Burn, age 24, Gave Women The Right to Vote

On August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, giving women the right to vote. The first national constitutional amendment had been proposed in Congress in 1878, and in every Congress session after that. Finally, in 1919, it narrowly passed both houses of Congress and was sent to the states to be ratified. Most … Continue reading Harry Burn, age 24, Gave Women The Right to Vote

Last of the puns… for now

Explain the Joke

Pun PictureNo matter how much you  push the envelope, it’ll still be stationery.
To push the envelope” is an expression that means to exceed or try to exceed the normal limits. “Stationery” is writing materials such as paper and envelopes.  “Stationary” (-ary) means to not move.  This pun plays with the word stationery/ stationery and the idea of pushing something (moving something) and staying still (stationary).

Whoever invented knock-knock jokes should get a no-bell prize.
If you knock on the door you do not use the doorbell.  “No-bell prize” sounds like Nobel, Nobel Prize.  This pun plays with the words no-bell/ Noble.

Energizer Bunny Arrested: Charged with Battery

  • When people are arrested they are charged with a crime.
  • One of the crimes you can be charged with is battery (verb): contact that hurts another person.
  • A battery (noun) is a small energy source that might…

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Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images  For years now, before anyone thought a person like Donald Trump could possibly lead a presidential primary, a small but respected niche of academic research has been laboring over a question, part political science and part psychology, that had captivated political scientists since the rise of the Nazis. How do people come … Continue reading WHAT IS AMERICAN AUTHORITARIANISM?