Philogelos – “Laughter Lover”

To pilfer one of the oldest jokes in the book means dusting off the Philogelos (meaning “Laughter Lover”), a Greek anthology of more than 200 jokes from the fourth or fifth century.


From gags about dunces to jests at the expense of great thinkers, here are some jokes from the oldest existing collection of jokes, as translated by now-retired classical languages professor William Berg.

“Consulting a hotheaded doctor, a fellow says, ‘Professor, I’m unable to lie down or stand up; I can’t even sit down.’ The doctor responds: ‘I guess the only thing left is to hang yourself.'”

“A wife-hater is attending the burial of his wife, who has just died. When someone asks, ‘Who is it who rests in peace here?’, he answers, ‘Me, now that I’m rid of her!'”

“Two lazy-bones are fast asleep. A thief comes in, pulls the blanket from the bed, and makes off with it. One of them is aware of what happened and says to the other, ‘Get up! Go after the guy who stole our blanket!’ The other responds, ‘Forget it. When he comes back to take the mattress, let’s grab him then.'”

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Engineers translate brain signals directly into speech

Ερευνητές “μεταφράζουν” τα σήματα του εγκεφάλου σε ομιλία

Ο καθένας που έχει χάσει την ικανότητα να μιλάει, είτε λόγω τραυματισμού είτε λόγω ασθένειας, θα έχει ξανά την ευκαιρία να έλθει σε επαφή με τον κόσμο γύρω του.


Advance marks critical step toward brain-computer interfaces that hold immense promise for those with limited or no ability to speak


In a scientific first, Columbia neuroengineers have created a system that translates thought into intelligible, recognizable speech. By monitoring someone’s brain activity, the technology can reconstruct the words a person hears with unprecedented clarity.

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How Children Learn by Observing Behavior of Adults


According to research published in Pediatric Institute Publications, babies and toddlers learn by observing adults, even when those adults aren’t intentionally trying to teach them anything.


For example, you may see a child imitating parents by pretending to talk on the phone, using any object she has at her disposal.
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Dilili à Paris

Η Ντιλιλί στο Παρίσι


The new feature film by Michel Ocelot (Kirikou and the Sorceress, Azur and Asmar) has the art and science aligned to save the world from gender-based catastrophe.

It would be easy to tell that Michel Ocelot comes (at last) to making a Paris-based (and a European-based) film after travelling in magic and wonder in Africa, Asia and so many worlds of princes and princesses. In reality, though, the new solid -but ultimately not completely satisfying- Belle Époque mystery of Dilili à Paris (Dilili in Paris). Continue reading

Rolando Villazón and La Fura dels Baus mix Mozart and science fiction


Visually stunning and eccentric, that is how the world’s famous Mozart festival (Mozartwoche) opened in Salzburg – for the first time under the direction of Rolando Villazón. One of the highlights, the new staging of Thamos, a forgotten work composed by Mozart when he was only 17 years old.

“The piece is about power and love. It’s about a ruler. It talks about technology and a vision about the future. Especially in this production staged by La Fura dels Baus.” Continue reading

Take a better look ….. and ask…


Whether it’s a coworker, acquaintance, or just someone you want to get to know a little better; it can be hard to make a connection with people. Not to worry though, I’m here to help withsome questions to get to know someone…  even yourself…

For a better view


What keeps you up at night?

What’s the most surprising self-realization you’ve had?

What’s the most illegal thing you’ve done?

What lie do you tell most often?

What do you regret not doing?

What gives your life meaning?

What do you most often look down on people for? What do you think other people look down on you for?

What bridges do you not regret burning?

What are you most insecure about?

How do you get in the way of your own success?

What’s one thing you did that you really wish you could go back and undo?

What are you afraid people see when they look at you?



Ταυτότητα (Identity)


“Living in a world where everybody wears masks due to lack of self-identity, a brave girl encounters the truth that sets her free”

“Identity” is a project made for the youth in schools.

Ζώντας σε έναν κόσμο όπου ο καθένας φοράει μάσκες, λόγω της έλλειψης ταυτότητας, μια γενναία κοπέλα συναντά την αλήθεια που την ελευθερώνει.

Μην αφήνετε την κοινωνία να καθορίζει την ταυτότητά σας, ή να ορίζει ποιος θα πρέπει να είσαστε.

Η αλήθεια είναι ήδη μέσα σας. Μην χάσετε το ποιος/ποια πραγματικά είσαστε.

Venetian Masks – Bενετσιάνικες μάσκες και «mascareri»


Since the ancient carnival times, the habit of wearing masks and costumes has given birth to a flourishing trade, with specialized artisans producing more and more extravagant and sophisticated masks. Among the most famous and diffused costumes, especially in the 17th century, the so-called baùta consisted of a particular white mask under a black hat and a black cloak. It was even used outside the carnival period to court someone anonymously.

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Καληνύχτα Κεμάλ, αυτός ο κόσμος δε θα αλλάξει ποτέ Καληνύχτα…




Goodnight Kemal this world will never change goodnight



Lyrics in English (Narrator)

Hear now the story of Kemal, a young prince of the East, descendant of Sinbad, who thought he could change the world, but bitter is the will of Allah, and dark are the souls of men Continue reading

The Love Story Behind L.A.’s Bunny Museum


Hop on over to see California’s Bunny Museum. The “Hoppiest Place in the World” holds a collection of over 30,000 rabbit-related items. From floppy ears to cottontails, owners Candace and Steve have been celebrating their love for each other by exchanging bunny gifts every day since 1993. Their private collection is now on display to the public.

Eλάτε  να δείτε το Μουσείο Κουνελιού της Καλιφόρνιας. Κατέχει μια συλλογή πάνω από 30.000 αντικειμένων που σχετίζονται με το κουνέλι. Οι ιδιοκτήτες Candace και Steve γιορτάζουν την αγάπη τους ο ένας για τον άλλο ανταλλάσσοντας δώρα με λαγουδάκια κάθε μέρα από το 1993. Η ιδιωτική τους συλλογή εμφανίζεται τώρα στο κοινό.


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Kenyan roses for Valentine’s Day

Τα τριαντάφυλλα της Κένυας και ο Άγιος Βαλεντίνος

Αν ζείτε στην Ευρώπη και είχατε την τύχη να σας προσφέρουν τριαντάφυλλα την ημέρα του Αγίου Βαλεντίνου, μάλλον θα προέρχονταν από την Κένυα. Κι αυτό γιατί το περίπου 25% των λουλουδιών που πωλούνται στην Ευρώπη εισάγονται από τη συγκεκριμένη χώρα.



NAIVASHA: In a country strangled by anger and fear, it is taking armed escorts and emergency airlifts to transport Kenya’s most warmhearted export – the rose – abroad for Valentine’s Day.

Kenyan flowers – mostly roses – account for a quarter of Europe’s cut flower imports, and Kenyan growers have been pushing to keep exports up for the holiday despite ethnic violence that has paralysed the East African country.

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By the Grace of God / Grâce à Dieu (2019) – Trailer


«Με τη χάρη του Θεού» – Ένα φιλμ για την παιδοφιλία στην Καθολική Εκκλησία


“Do you remember what you did to me as a child, in the photo lab, on Saturdays, from 1983 to 1987?”

Unveiled in competition at the 69th Berlinale, François Ozon’s By the Grace of God [+] is an important, mature and precise fiction feature on the thorny subject of priests and paedophilia, in which all of Ozon’s filmmaking talents come together to bring the shadows of the past to light. Continue reading

Άσμα Ασμάτων – Μαρία Φαραντούρη


In memory of so many…

Τι ωραία που είν’ η αγάπη μου, η χαϊδεμένη από τη μάνα της και τ’ αδελφού της τα φιλιά. Κανείς δεν ήξερε πως είναι τόσο ωραία.


The “Mauthausen Trilogy” also known as “The Ballad of Mauthausen”, and the “Mauthausen Cantata”, is a cycle of four arias with lyrics based on poems written by Greek poet Iakovos Kambanellis, a Mauthausen concentration camp survivor, and music written by Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis.

It has been described as the “most beautiful musical work ever written about the Holocaust”,and as “an exquisite, haunting and passionate melody that moves Kambanellis’ affecting words to an even higher level”. Continue reading

World Radio Day



“On this World Radio Day, let us recognize the power of radio to promote dialogue, tolerance and peace.” —

UN Secretary-General António Guterres


Radio is the mass medium reaching the widest audience in the world. It is also recognized as a powerful communication tool and a low cost medium.
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Red Hand Day

“Kids’ minds should be full of smarts not guns.”

“Keep your head held high no matter the tough obstacles you face.”

“We are children, not soldiers.”

On Red Hand Day or the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers, February 12 each year, pleas are made to political leaders and events are staged around the world to draw attention to child soldiers: children under the age of 18 who participate in military organizations of all kinds. The aim of Red Hand Day is to call for action to stop this practice, and for support for children affected by it!


Η Ημέρα της Ερυθράς Χειρός ή Ημέρα του Κόκκινου Χεριού γιορτάζεται κάθε χρόνο στις 12 Φεβρουαρίου με σκοπό να θυμήσει και να ευαισθητοποιήσει τους πολίτες του κόσμου για τα παιδιά που στρατεύονται παρά τη θέλησή τους σε πολέμους και ένοπλες συγκρούσεις. Πρόκειται για τη χειρότερη μορφή παιδικής κακοποίησης. Continue reading

There is enough food grown in the world for everyone



There is enough food grown in the world for everyone. And yet we remain stuck in a food crisis. Half the world’s food is lost as waste and a billion people – one in every six of the world’s poorest – cannot access enough of the other half and so go hungry every day. Our leaders have another chance to put that right.


Υπάρχουν αρκετά τρόφιμα που καλλιεργούνται στον κόσμο για όλους. Και όμως παραμένουμε κολλημένοι σε μια κρίση των τροφίμων.

Το μισά από τα τρόφιμα του κόσμου χάνονται ως απόβλητα και ένα δισεκατομμύριο άνθρωποι – ένας στους έξι από τους φτωχότερους στον κόσμο – δεν μπορούν να έχουν πρόσβαση στο άλλο από το άλλο μισό και έτσι πεινούν καθημερινά.

Οι ηγέτες μας έχουν άλλη μια ευκαιρία να το κάνουν αυτό.



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The Cargo Women of Melilla

Ζούμε σε έναν περιφραγμένο κόσμο. Δεν υπήρξαν ποτέ τόσοι πολλοί τοίχοι. Υπάρχουν χιλιάδες χιλιόμετρα φράχτες, πύλες, συρματοπλέγματα και φράγματα, ακόμα και στα πιο μακρινά μέρη του κόσμου.  Λαθρέμποροι, αστυνομικοί και μετανάστες. Ο σκοπός του καθενός είναι άλλος: να διασχίσει, να αποφύγει τη διέλευση άλλων, να βοηθήσει άλλους να περάσουν… Όμως, όλες αυτές οι προσωπικές ιστορίες έχουν ένα κοινό πράγμα: τον τοίχο.

Embedded in the Moroccan coast, the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla represent Europe’s southernmost border. There is no formal customs agreement between these two autonomous cities and Morocco, giving rise to a system where goods are smuggled across the border as personal luggage to avoid customs charges and taxes. Continue reading

Hubert Sumlin – Sometimes I’m Right


„Sometimes I‘m right,

Sometimes I‘m wrong, baby“-


“Hubert is the heaviest, most original guitar player I’ve ever heard in my live” – Stevie Ray Vaughan Well-known for his role in Chicago blues, Sumlin performed with Howlin’ Wolf from 1955 until the singer’s death in 1976, after which he continued performing with the late blues legend’s band under the moniker Continue reading

Strange helmets of Miao minority

Γιατί κλαις κοριτσάκι μου ?

Με είπε κεφάλα χαχαχα!!!


  • Women in China’s Long-horn Miao minority save strands of ancestors’ hair
  • They use them to create spectacular headdresses for special occasions
  • Owners of headdresses claim some hair goes back hundreds of years

A Chinese tradition which sees women wear headdresses made from the hair of their dead ancestors appears to be going strong in this part of the country.
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Himself as a child – Marios Frangoulis


Ι will hide myself for somedays but i will return soon



Όταν ήμουν παιδί είχα βρει έναν κήπο για να κρύβομαι εκεί απ’ τη ζωή όταν λείπω όταν ήμουν παιδί είχα κρύψει έναν ήλιο να ‘χει ο δρόμος μου φως κι η σιωπή μου έναν φίλο

Himself as a child he’s holding hands with
Over the same places life will take them tonight
They’ll be passing again by the houses of memory by empty seas, by the nets of fear

They’ll be passing again by the houses of memory by empty seas, by the nets of fear
They’ll stand together and see passing by like rivers the moments that never come back and the faces that have turned themselves into streets and centuries and the dreams that have dug through the years hideouts

when I was a child I had discovered a garden
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To Help Digitize and Preserve the Sound of Stradivarius Violins, a City in Italy Has Gone Silent


The day will presumably come when the last Stradivarius goes to sleep, but by that time the sounds they made will still be wide awake in their digitized second life. And we can be certain, at least, that future generations will think of a musical use for them that we can no more imagine now than Antonio Stradivari could have in his day.


Ιταλία: Μια ολόκληρη πόλη «κρατάει την ανάσα της» για να σωθεί ο ήχος των Στραντιβάριους


We all have respect, even awe, for the name Stradivarius, even those of us who have never held a violin, let alone played one. The violins — as well as violas, cellos, and other string instruments, including guitars — made by members of the Stradivari family Continue reading

Μusica secreta and Canto Soave


Άκουσα χθες στο ραδιόφωνο ένα εξαιρετικό συγκρότημα και είπα να μοιραστώ μαζί σας κάποιες πληροφορίες, που ίσως δεν γνωρίζατε, όπως εγώ…

Το φημισμένο σύνολο Canto Soave παρουσιάζει μουσική από την Ιταλία του 17ου αιώνα.


The idea of a ‘secret’ music may seem somewhat strange to modern minds, but during the closing decades of the 16th century the Duke Alfonso II of Ferrara was so jealously obsessed with the singing and playing of his concerto delle donne, or singing ladies, that he allowed only chosen guests to hear them in his private concerts, known as the musica secreta. Continue reading

Davidson Bruce …


“He seemed to know that it was the inner moment I was drawn to and not his clown face or physical appearance”

– Bruce Davidson

USA. Palisades, New Jersey. 1958. The Dwarf.


Bruce Davidson was 24 when he visited the Clyde Beatty Circus. In 1958, combined with the Cole Brothers and Hamid-Morton, the circus raised a gargantuan three-ring tent at the Palisades Amusement Park in New Jersey.

One spring morning Davidson headed off there at the suggestion of Sam Holmes, who was in charge of the picture library at Magnum Continue reading

Riders On The Storm: Ancient Clay Horse Heads Emerge After Heavy Rain In Israel


Many important archaeological finds are a result of chance events and good fortune. In Israel, two clay horses’ heads which once were part of equine sculptures have been found by sheer luck.


They were only uncovered because of heavy rains and floods which exposed them in the ground according to the Israeli Antiquities Authority. These artifacts come from two different historic periods and are allowing experts to understand the importance of the horse in these distinct eras. Continue reading

Legendary midwife dies at age 96

Τιμώντας μια αξιόλογη γυναίκα που γνώρισα μέσω μιας φίλης

Legendary midwife dies at age 96


As i had promise to my friend Peggy i want to honor also a truly wonderful person who lived a remarkable life!

Rhodanthe, the midwife

Rhodanthe was passionate about new mothers and their babies. In fact, she spent more than 65 years catering for them. It’s calculated that she assisted 23,000 local mothers and their newborns. Continue reading

The 500-Year-Long Science Experiment

In 2014, microbiologists began a study that they hope will continue long after they’re dead

Imagine, he said, the first human who set out exploring: “What is behind the next hill? What is behind the next river? What is behind the next ocean? Our curiosity is always optimistic.” To continue venturing into the unknown is to be continually optimistic.




Φανταστείτε, τι είπε, ο πρώτος άνθρωπος που ξεκίνησε να διερευνά: «Τι είναι πίσω από τον επόμενο λόφο; Τι είναι πίσω από τον επόμενο ποταμό; Τι είναι πίσω από τον επόμενο ωκεανό; Η περιέργειά μας είναι πάντα αισιόδοξη. “Για να συνεχίσουμε να μπαίνουμε στο άγνωστο πρέπει να είμαστε συνεχώς αισιόδοξοι”.

In the year 2514, some future scientist will arrive at the University of Edinburgh (assuming the university still exists), open a wooden box (assuming the box has not been lost), and break apart a set of glass vials in order to grow the 500-year-old dried bacteria inside. This all assumes the entire experiment has not been forgotten, the instructions have not been garbled, and science—or some version of it—still exists in 2514. Continue reading

Charlie Haden on closed eyes


H: One of my students at CalArts asked me why I close my eyes when I play. The obvious answer is for concentration, but I told him,

“The first night we opened at the Five Spot, I looked across at the bar and there was Charlie Mingus, Wilbur Ware, Percy Heath, Paul Chambers, and just about every great bass player in New York, looking right at me. And from that moment on, I closed my eyes!”

F: Is that true?

H: Yeah! Not really, but . . . . [Laughs all around.]

Here’s Why the Unicorn Is Scotland’s National Animal

Γιατί ο μονόκερος είναι το εθνικό ζώο της Σκωτίας




The Scots had a thing for unicorns long before everyone else! As Scotland’s national animal, this legendary creature has served as a Scottish symbol for cent

Although a mythical beast, the unicorn — a white horse-like creature with a lion’s tuft for a tail and a spiraling horn protruding from its forehead — has featured in many cultures as far back as the classical age. Babylonians idolised this enchanting specimen, while peoples from the Indus Valley Civilization incorporated the unicorn into ancient seals. Similarly, unicorns feature in written accounts from the ancient Greeks, Romans and Persians.

Οι Σκωτσέζοι είχαν κάτι για τους μονόκερους πολύ πριν από όλους τους άλλους! Ως εθνικό ζώο της Σκοτίας, αυτό το θρυλικό πλάσμα έχει χρησιμεύσει ως σκωτσέζικο σύμβολο εδώ και αιώνες. Continue reading