Groundhog Day 2016

Wordlist Spring is coming! America’s most iconic weather forecaster, the Pennsylvania groundhog Punxsutawney Phil, „told” this to the president of the groundhog club after not seeing his shadow at Gobbler’s Knob in the town northeast of Pittsburgh. Legend says that if Phil does not see his shadow on Groundhog Day, there will be early springlike[…]

Wheeler Dealers – Fiat 126p (text + video)

The Fiat 126 (Type 126) is a city car introduced in October 1972 at the Turin Auto Show as a replacement for the Fiat 500. Some were produced in Bielsko-Biała, Poland, as the Polski Fiat 126p until 2000. It was replaced by the front-engined Fiat Cinquecento in 1993. The 126 used much of the same[…]

Wheeler Dealers – Syrena (text + video)

The Syrena was a Polish automobile model first exhibited at the Poznań Trade Fair in 1955 and manufactured from 1957 to 1972 by the Fabryka Samochodów Osobowych (FSO) in Warsaw and from 1972 to 1983 by Fabryka Samochodów Małolitrażowych (FSM) in Bielsko-Biała. 177,234 were made by FSO and 344,077 by FSM, a total of 521,311.[…]

Christmas traditions around the world (text + video)

Wordlist What makes Christmas special, apart from the food, family and friends, are the traditions. Some traditions are…well, very traditional. But others can be fun and weird. Here’s a highlight of the most interesting Christmas traditions from around the world. Christmas Pickle It’s an old German tradition where a pickle ornament is hidden on the[…]

Selection of Christmas facts (text + video)

Wordlist Christmas is an annual Christian holiday held on December 25th celebrating the birth of Jesus. A Christmas tree is also known as the Yule-tree. Christmas trees are evergreen trees, usually either a fir tree, pine tree or spruce tree. It is believed that decorating Christmas trees started in 16th century Germany when Christians would[…]

Be your own best advocate

Wordlist Most seasoned managers know how to handle formal negotiations at work—with clients over contracts, with bosses over budgets, with employers over compensation. But what about all the opportunities for informal negotiations that arise? Do you know how to recognize and seize chances to move into a better role, change an untenable situation, or ensure[…]

„Moms Like Me” New NRA ad featuring Dana Loesch – moms who demand protection and their right to bear arms (video)

Wordlist In this new commercial from NRA, our own Dana Loesch lays out the position of moms who demand protection and their right to bear arms. Now, read the comments given by YouTube users under this LINK and then make some discussion – do you agree with NRA statement or not? The heart of The[…]

Here’s what happens to your body when you eat a slice of pizza

Wordlist Pizza is one of those foods that are just almost universally loved. And it’s not surprising. Pizza is a lot of amazing things. It’s delicious, it’s diverse (SO MANY TOPPINGS), and perfectly sharable. Pizza would be in the running for the Most Perfect Food of All Time award if only it were healthy. But we all[…]

World’s first robotic kitchen unveiled (text + video)

Wordlist The world’s first Automated Kitchen was unveiled at Hanover Messe, the premier industrial robotics show. Created by Moley Robotics, the system features a dexterous robot integrated into a kitchen that cooks with the skill and flair of a master chef. The company’s goal is to produce a consumer version within two years, supported by[…]

Why bad guys win at work?

Wordlist “Not all psychopaths are in prison – some are in the board room,” Robert Hare famously said during his aptly titled lecture, The Predators Among Us. Psychopathy is one of three “dark triad” traits, the other two being narcissism and Machiavellianism. It should be noted that, unlike clinical personality traits, these traits are normally distributed[…]

Psychology of colour and marketing

Wordlist Colour determines buyer’s choices. It can be such a powerful marketing tool that it accounts for 85% of the reason why someone decides to purchase a product. This is why, marketers should understand the psychology of colour in order to use it effectively. Colours are associated with meanings. These associations are studied broadly in[…]

All Hallow’s Eve and all its accompanying frightful creatures

Wordlist As we approach All Hallow’s Eve and all its accompanying frightful creatures, Merriam-Webster Dictionary presents a set of descriptions of monsters typically associated with Halloween. Here they are: #1: Chupacabra „Some swear the creature is actually a vampire — resembling a large rat, but with horns and fangs … In any case, the Chupacabra[…]

Poland lurches to right with election of Law and Justice party

Wordlist Jarosław Kaczyński (front left), leader of Poland’s winning party, Law and Justice (PiS), and its candidate for prime minister, Beata Szydło (front right), celebrate after the exit poll results are announced in Warsaw. Poland has consolidated its rightwing shift after exit polls showed voters had handed an absolute majority in its parliamentary election to[…]