An old Irish legend says that if you kiss the Blarney Stone, you are granted the gift of blarney - what 19th century Irish politician John O'Connor Power calls "something more than mere flattery. It is flattery sweetened by humour and flavoured by wit."
Journalists are used to telling stories, not being the stories. Last week, the tables were turned.
When the news came out that NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams lied about an experience during the early days of the Iraq War, people in the journalism industry picked sides. Some stood by him, but few actually defended him. Lea Hellmueller, an assistant professor in the department of journalism and electronic media at Texas Tech University, said when incidents like this happen, reporters are forced to reevaluate their own ethics.
On February 11, 1926, black historian, journalist and author Carter G. Woodson declared the second week of February - a week that included both Abraham Lincoln's birthday on the 12th and Frederick Douglass' on the 14th - to be Negro History Week.
Karlos Hill, an assistant professor of history at Texas Tech, said Woodson felt that black history was going unrecognized, and sought to change that.
Soil researchers have a PSA for the wider, non-soil researching world: soil is not the same as dirt. Dirt is simply soil that has been misplaced from its natural setting, like the stuff tracked into your house and makes a mess.