For this issue, we asked our contributors, “What have you learned lately?” Click on the pictures for their answers and links to their websites.


Katya Wilsher

During a walking tour of Montmartre in Paris, I learned that the bistros, small restaurants with simple meals and quicker service, get their name from the Russian word bistro, meaning “quickly.” Apparently during Russian occupation of Paris in 1815 Russian Cossacks would demand to be served quickly and would shout “bystro, bystro.” As a Russian I was really surprised, although some might say it is just an urban legend.