October News Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of the Past Month’s Headlines

by Paul Riegler

It’s October, fall and Oktoberfest are in the air, and it’s time to see how up-to-date you are with travel, aviation, and coronavirus news from the past month.
Take our travel news quiz and you could win a piece of airline and travel history including items from Pan Am, Cunard, and TWA.
In last month’s quiz, the question asking how a German café in Schwerin gets its guests to social distance (the …

Trump’s Coronavirus Test – What Did the President Know and When Did He Know It?

by Anna Breuer

[Editor’s note: The question, “What did the president know, and when did he know it?” was famously asked out loud by Senator Howard Baker of Tennessee during the Senate Watergate hearings in 1973 when questioning former White House counsel John Dean, who had systematically linked President Nixon to a pattern of corruption and obstruction of justice in the course of his testimony.]
President Donald Trump tested positive for the coronavirus on …

Two Events Helped Spread the Coronavirus Across the U.S. Government

by Anna Breuer

Despite the death of Trump aide Herman Cain, who downplayed the necessity of wearing masks and died of the coronavirus at the age of 74 in July, the president and top officials meticulously avoided wearing face masks.  Cain was present at Trump’s Tulsa rally in June without a mask and that event was blamed for a spike in virus cases in the area.
Now another event is being blamed for creating …

‘Schadenfreude’ Searches in Merriam-Webster Dictionary Up 30,500% Following Trump Covid-19 Disclosure

by Paul Riegler

Following the announcement by President Trump that he and the first lady tested positive for the coronavirus, the Merriam-Webster dictionary said that the word “Schadenfreude” was the “top lookup” by a substantial margin.
Schadenfreude, a German loanword that came into English in the mid-19th century, means the experience of pleasure or or self-satisfaction that comes from learning of or witnessing the troubles and failures of another.
The word is a portmanteau of …

German Reunification 30 Years Later: The Story of How East German Citizens Were Freed from Tyranny

by Jonathan Spira
German Reunification 30 Years Later: The Story of How East German Citizens Were Freed from Tyranny

Thirty years ago on this day, West Germany and East Germany ended 45 years as a divided country and united to become a single nation.
The occasion, the New York Times, reported, was marked with “pealing bells, national hymns, and the jubilant blare of good old German oompah-pahs.”
German reunification, or Deutsche Wiedervereinigung, marked the point in time at which the Deutsche Demokratische Republik, or not-so-aptly named German Democratic Republic, colloquially known …

How to Keep the Coronavirus at Bay Even When the Weather is Turning Colder

by Anna Breuer

The weather outside may not yet be frightful, but the daily statistics on new coronavirus cases and deaths are.
Health experts have expressed concern that, as people are returning to the office and some classes are resuming in person, the potential for the coronavirus to spread will greatly increase because the virus poses a greater threat in indoor spaces given the mostly limited ventilation.
The move could echo what occurred in states …

Great Moments in Travel History – October 2020

by Jesse Sokolow

October is the month inexorably associated with Oktoberfest, a celebration of Bavarian culture and Bavarian beer that typically begins at the end of September in Munich, although it will not be held in 2020 amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
It is the tenth month of the year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendar, is the sixth of seven months in a year that have 31 days. It was the eighth month in the old …