What is the origin of the expression "the worm will turn"?
The Morris Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins explains that it's from Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part III, when Clifford says:
"Who scapes the lurking serpent's mortal sting? Not he who sets foot upon her back. The smallest worm will turn, being trodden on, and doves will peck in safeguard of their brood."
The original meaning was that even the most humble creature eventually will turn to fight an oppressor.
Is Virginia Lamp Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, related to the family of President Bush?
This is a rumor that continues to make the rounds, said Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Ken Foskett, author of Judging Thomas: The Life and Times of Clarence Thomas (William Morrow, 2004).
Foskett said he had no idea where the rumor started.
"There is no family relationship between her family and the Bushes that I am aware of, unless by some marriage between extended families," Foskett added.
Lamp does work for the Heritage Foundation and serves as the White House liaison, so she does have a connection to the president that way, Foskett said.
The Heisman Trophy, awarded to the top college football player each year, is named after John Heisman, the famous coach. However, Heisman was not his birth name. It was the name of his wife, who came from royalty. He was not from royalty, so he had to take his wife's name. What was his birth name?
There seems to be a mixup here. The story was told in the fall 1997 issue of Georgia Tech's Campus Life. (Heisman was head coach at Tech from 1904 to 1919.)
Heisman was born Johann Wilhelm Heisman on Oct. 23 or Oct. 25 (sources disagree), 1869, in Cleveland to Johann M. and Sarah Lehr Heisman, who recently had emigrated from Germany.
John's father was the disinherited son of a German noble family, the Barons Von Bogart, who ostracized John's father for marrying an untitled girl. Sarah's grandfather, the Mater of Knauge, had been an aide-de-camp to Napoleon. The young couple took the name Heisman, which had been Sarah's maiden name, and moved to America.
Before coaching at Tech, Heisman coached at several other schools, including Clemson University in South Carolina. While at Clemson in 1903, he married a widow, Evelyn McCollum Cox. In November 1903, Heisman accepted Tech's offer to coach football, baseball and basketball, moving to Atlanta in 1904.
In 1919, the Heismans divorced. To avoid any social embarrassment for her, he offered to live in a place other than where she wanted to live. She chose Atlanta, so he moved to a coaching position at the University of Pennsylvania, and later at Washington and Jefferson University in Pennsylvania and Rice University in Texas.
It was during his return to the North that he married an old college sweetheart, Edith Maora Cole, who remained his wife until he died on Oct. 3, 1936, after a bout with bronchopneumonia. He was 66.
Anchor on leave
Did news anchor Rudi Bakhtiar leave CNN? I haven't seen her lately.
No. She's on a leave of absence, said CNN spokeswoman Lauren Hammann.
Bakhtiar, who joined CNN as an intern in the Los Angeles bureau in 1996, is expected back soon, Hammann said.