The Daily Populous

Wednesday September 4th, 2019 morning edition

image for Quirky History: Urchins, Igls, and Hogs: Hedgehogs in Medieval Manuscripts

Hedgehogs are a commonly occurring animal in manuscripts and bestiaries throughout the Middle Ages (and who can blame the artists for including them?).

If you’ve read our other posts about medieval manuscripts, be warned: this might be the cutest one yet.

The hedgehog then carries the grapes on its spikes back to the den where the young eats the fruit.

The oldest word for hedgehog that we can trace in historical sources is the Anglo-Saxon word “igl,” which is a Germanic word.

This word for “hedgehog” still lives on in other Germanic languages, e.g. Swedish where a hedgehog is called “igelkott.”

But throughout most of the Middle Ages, hedgehogs in English were called “urchins.”

And because people in the Middle Ages loved puns, his heraldic shield of course sported no less than three hedgehogs. »

Boris Johnson loses majority as Tory MP Phillip Lee crosses floor to join Lib Dems

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Rebel Tory MP Phillip Lee has dramatically defected to the Liberal Democrats – depriving Boris Johnson of his Commons majority.

The defection is the third to the resurgent Lib Dems in recent months, after Chuka Umunna, a former Labour MP, and Sarah Wollaston, an ex-Conservative, joined the ranks.

Phillip follows both Chuka Umunna MP and Sarah Wollaston MP in bravely crossing the floor to join us. »

Android 10

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Hearing aid supportAndroid 10 now has built-in support for streaming media and calls directly to hearing aids.

Now with sound events that show you when someone is clapping, a dog is barking, someone is whistling, and more.

Now as a standalone app with a sound visualizer so you can see the sound going on around you. »

Should vaccines be mandatory for school-aged children?

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The committee will now write a report based on the hearings, after which point the legislature will vote on the matter.

The concern is that mandatory vaccinations could cause parents with anti-vaccination beliefs to grow even more distrustful of health officials and the government.

For instance, the WHO has called on social-media companies to step up efforts to stop the spread of false information about vaccines. »