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Trivia Tuesday: Don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater

Trivia Tuesday: Don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater

Please reconsider

To “throw out the baby with the bathwater” is a German idiom dating back to at least the 1500s (originally das Kind mit dem Bade ausschütten). It’s a caution to not discard something good in your haste to discard something bad.

Its first well-known use in English is in an essay by the Scottish philosopher Thomas Carlyle, addressing the slave trade that ran through England in the 1800s. However, Carlyle was using it as an excuse to not abolish slavery, or at least transition it to serfdom. If only the phrase had a more positive introduction to the English language, perhaps it would have caught on quicker.

The idiom has also famously been used by Martin Luther, Johannes Kepler, Goethe, Otto von Bismarck, and George Bernard Shaw.

Click here for our library’s literature on the fascinating use of idioms around the world.

July 16, 20130 comments
Trivia Tuesday: Who “discovered” heliocentrism?

Trivia Tuesday: Who “discovered” heliocentrism?

Heliocentrism is, of course, the astronomical theory that the Earth revolves around the sun, as opposed to the other way around. It is often accredited to Nicolaus Copernicus, since he first laid out the hypothesis in detail in his book De revolutionibus in the 16th century. However, the idea was first proposed by the Greek astronomer and mathematician Aristarchus of Samos, way back in the 3rd century BCE! His writings have unfortunately been lost, but Aristarchus’ contemporary Archimedes gave him credit for it in his writings the very same century. I suppose this just illustrates how important it is to have a good publisher. Regardless, if this question is asked at trivia night, the answer “Copernicus” is probably what they’re looking for. Click here to browse through RiverShare’s books and media about our solar system.

July 9, 20131 comment
Karaoke Party/Trivia Tuesday: What was the name of that song, again…?

Karaoke Party/Trivia Tuesday: What was the name of that song, again…?

You know that one song? I can’t remember the artist, title, or any of the words, but it goes something like “Dah. Dah. Dah. Dah. Dadada-dah. / Dah. Dah. Dah. Dah. Dadada-dah~.” No? Well, fortunately there’s a website for that.

Check out, where you can record yourself singing (or humming, if you’re shy), and it will search a database of millions of songs and try to match it up. Give it a go!

While we’re on the subject of me potentially assaulting your ears with my tone deafness, we’re coming up on another Karaoke Night next week! (Don’t worry, I won’t be singing.) You will be able to compete against your own age range for prizes and bragging rights. Registration is required, so please give us a call!

Where: Fairmount Branch Library (3000 N. Fairmount St.)
When: Tuesday, July 9th, 2013
Age: All ages
Cost: Free!
To register, or for more information: Call 563-326-7832

July 2, 20130 comments