Борис Бурда
Boris Burda
Journalist, writer, bard. Winner of the "Diamond Owl" intellectual game "What? Where? When?"

It is very important for a writer not only to be heard by his contemporaries, but also to say something meaningful to his descendants. And with this, Sholem Aleichem clearly worked out – even with the success in our times of productions and films, one can understand from his books that he is quite in demand

Boris Burda - 12.09.2021

If you have money, can you buy whatever you need? For various reasons – not always. The most elementary thing – you just didn’t keep track of your expenses and you ran out of money in your pocket? Well, run home? And if you are in another city, and you need money urgently? What to do?

Boris Burda - 11.09.2021

A lot speaks about Yaroslav’s outstanding political abilities – first of all, his ability, even after serious failures, to turn the tide in his favor. But there is one more piquant detail – his family affairs did not interfere with his politics at all, rather the opposite

Boris Burda - 05.09.2021

At the convention of the British Association for the Advancement of Science in 1860, a discussion arose about the theory of evolution. The audience was disgruntled, and the speech of Bishop Wilberforce, who harshly and harshly criticized this concept, was listened to with sympathy. In the end, Wilberforce asked the defending Huxley’s theory from whom he descended from a monkey – a grandfather or a grandmother?
What did Huxley say?

Boris Burda - 04.09.2021

Every single source – both benevolent to Yaroslav, and not so – note his cunning and prudence, so it seems that this is true. So he started the war with his father with a cunning move, seemingly not very dangerous, but clearly speaking about his intentions – he stopped sending tribute to Kiev

Boris Burda - 29.08.2021

A thimble is a useful item in everyday life; many have it. But thimble manufacturers suffered greatly in the middle of the 19th century – the demand for their goods sharply decreased.
Who caused them such losses?

Boris Burda - 28.08.2021

There are streets of Kandinsky in Moscow, Odessa and Kiryat Ata (Israel). In Odessa, there is a memorial plaque at 17 Deribasovskaya, where he lived, and a star on our Alley of Stars. Asteroid 2662 and a crater on Mercury are named after him. There are many more – he deserves

Boris Burda - 22.08.2021

The Rolls-Royce Company makes aircraft engines, but does not sell them. Nevertheless, quite a lot of aircraft are equipped with them.
Where do aircraft designers get them from – do they steal them, or what?

Boris Burda - 21.08.2021

In his autobiographical book Justice, Not Vengeance, published in 1989, Wiesenthal writes: “I have always asked myself what I could do for those who did not survive. The answer that I found for myself (and which by no means must be the answer for every survivor) is: I want to be their mouthpiece, I want to keep their memory alive, so that the dead can live on in this memory”

Boris Burda - 15.08.2021

Psychologist Bertram Forer back in 1948 tested his students and handed out to each a text with an analysis of his personality. The students rated the coincidence with their true character very high, putting an average of 4.26 points for it on a five-point system – this is a lot! This analysis was compiled according to a method developed not by psychologists, but by other specialists. Who are they?

Boris Burda - 14.08.2021

The successes achieved in different sciences at the same time, as they became more complex, became less and less – later they would be called encyclopedists, or polymaths. Undoubted polymaths were Leonardo da Vinci, Roger Bacon, Mikhail Lomonosov … and someone else. And for our contemporary to simultaneously achieve results in such different sciences as geology, geochemistry, soil science, meteoritics, biogeochemistry, crystallography, philosophy, mineralogy, paleontology, radiogeology, and even founded one of them – this is a great rarity

Boris Burda - 08.08.2021

Two employees of a law firm in Manhattan argued over whose working day would be longer. One of them worked around the clock, from 0:00 am until the beginning of the next day, and was confident of victory. But the second was able to get around him. How did he manage to do this?

Boris Burda - 07.08.2021

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