We had a quiet weekend around here after a rather full week (doctor's appointment for a check-up, fingerprinting to comply with a new law to maintain educator certification, teaching a class at the library, spending a day with Mama at the hospital as she has been diagnosed with congestive heart failure in the early stages, and a two-day trip to Austin to scrapbook with friends).
As we relaxed this weekend, I spent some time on one of my favorite hobbies - reading! I'm currently reading several books and finishing up a few magazines that have been in my to-read pile for a while. I learned several new things that I didn't know before from this Time special edition.
Here are a few tidbits of knowledge I garnered from TIME Secrets of Genius: Discovering the nature of brilliance:
*The most accepted definition of a "prodigy" is "a child between the ages of 10 & 13 already performing at an adult professional level in a highly demanding and valued field."
*The word "prodigy" is derived from the Latin word Prodigium, which means something unnatural or a monster. Until recently, many child prodigies were considered to be possessed rather than blessed with a particular talent.
*The Slinky debuted at Gimbel's department store in Philadelphia in 1943 and the original stock of 400 sold out in 90 minutes.
*There are people who believe in Singularity (the moment artificial intelligence surpasses human intelligence and ends civilization as we know it) and believe that it's almost here.
*Liquid paper was developed in 1951 by a single mom supporting her young son, and she created it at home until she was able to open a factory years later. The product was originally called "Mistake Out," but the name was later changed to "Liquid Paper."
Have you learned any interesting tidbits from magazines lately?
Joining in today with Sian's Memorandum Monday meme sharing something NEW (Something you did over the weekend FOR THE FIRST TIME or something you learned and DIDN'T KNOW BEFORE).