The term Swam Song is used in conversation as a metaphorical phrase for the last gesture, effort or performance given just before death or retirement. It's kind of a strange expression, but it has an interesting origin; keep reading to find out what it was.
There was an ancient belief that the Mute Swan is completely silent during its lifetime, however, just before it died, it sang a beautiful song. This belief originated in Ancient Greece, around the 3rd century BC! Even Plato recorded in his writings that swans might sing in early life, but not so beautifully as before they die.
Is it true? Not really. The Mute Swan is NOT mute in life, they hiss. They almost certainly do not sing at any point in their life. That hasn't stopped the legend from being repeated throughout history until it became a common expression.
There was a child prodigy who spoke his first words at 4-months old and graduate college at the age of 10!
His name is Michael Kearney and for a while he had the youngest postgraduate ever. Michael was diagnosed with ADHD but his parents refused the medication. He spoke his first words when he was 4 months old. At 6 months, he told his pediatrician "I have a left ear infection," and learned how to read at 10 months.
When he was 4, he was given a multiple choice diagnostic test for the Johns Hopkins precocious math program. He didn't study for it, and got a perfect score.
He graduated high school when he was 6, and then enrolled in Junior college, where he graduated with an Associate of Science in Geology at the age of 8. He then went on to the University of Alabama, where he got a bachelor's in anthropology at the age of 10. Then, at the age of 14, he got a masters in biochemistry.
He's been a contestant in some game shows, including Gold Rush, where he won $1,000,000. He was also on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, but there he only won $25,000.
Movie soundtracks didn't start for artistic reasons! Why were they created, then? Read on to find out
If you've ever taken a film class, you've probably heard about how crucial a soundtrack can be. The right music can make a scary movie horrifying; an epic score can make a mediocre adventure movie into an awesome one. But did you know that there was nothing artistic about the invention of film scores?
When the film projector was first invented, it was REALLY noisy. The sound wasn't a little annoying, but actually disturbed the visual enjoyment of the film. Therefore, theater owners instinctively turned to music to drown out the noise of the projector.
They first used live musicians; piano players were common, but they also used live orchestras sometimes. Then as technology got better, audio tracks were included with movies.
A retired farmer from the Hunan province decided to jokingly model a set of women's clothing. This turned him into an online sensation after they went viral in the Chinese social network Weibo. He got a contract modeling for the Yecoo Fashion Store; their sales jumped from $160-a-day to more than $1100.
The Yecoo website has attracted more than 250,000 views and Weibo has recorded almost 10 million searches for "grandfather," which is how he's known. His success doesn't seem to have gotten to his head. He's grateful for what this has done for his granddaughter.