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What birds are trained to fish for their masters?

December 31, 2016 | Author: | Posted in Zoology

In China, Japan and other parts of the Orient the large sea birds known as cormorants have been trained to fish for man since time immemorial. These birds display remarkable activity under water and they devour fish so greedily that they have become proverbial for their voracity and gluttony. When young they are easily tamed …

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What is a weed?

December 30, 2016 | Author: | Posted in Gardening

Weed, which is of unknown origin, is a relative term. In the most widely accepted sense, a weed is any troublesome and useless plant growing on cultivated ground to the injury of the crop or vegetation desired. The Oxford dictionary defines the term as “a herbaceous plant not valued for use or beauty, growing wild …

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When did Oslo become capital of Norway?

December 29, 2016 | Author: | Posted in Geography, History

Oslo, or Opslo, was the ancient name of the capital of Norway. According to Norwegian tradition, the city was founded in 1048 by King Harald Haardraade. By the end of the fourteenth century it had become the chief city of the kingdom. In 1624 Oslo was destroyed by fire. King Christian IV immediately rebuilt the …

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Why do gunners open their mouths when firing cannon?

December 28, 2016 | Author: | Posted in Human Physiology

Gunners often open their mouths to protect their eardrums while firing large guns. When the mouth is open the air waves set in motion by the discharge of the cannon enter the throat as well as the ears; consequently the sudden pressure against the outside of the drums is counteracted by an equal pressure against …

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How is “Eyre” pronounced in “Jane Eyre?”

December 27, 2016 | Author: | Posted in Literature

Eyre in Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte’s famous novel, is correctly pronounced as if spelled air. It is frequently mispronounced ire, to rhyme with dire. The proper pronunciation of the heroine’s surname is indicated in Chapter XI of the book in the following dialogue between Jane Eyre and her pupil, little Adele wrens: “And Mademoiselle—what is …

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Who defined a university as a teacher on one end of a log and a student on the other?

December 26, 2016 | Author: | Posted in Inspirational

According to a well-established tradition, James A. Garfield, in a Williams College Alumni address delivered in New York City in 1872, said something to the following effect: “My definition of a university is Mark Hopkins at one end of a log and a student at the other.” The quotation does not occur in the speech …

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Where do goldfish come from?

December 25, 2016 | Author: | Posted in Zoology

Goldfish as we know them do not exist anywhere in the wild state. They are a product of long years of selective breeding. The wild fish from which goldfish were developed belong to the carp family and are still numerous in the streams of China. They do not naturally have the golden hue, but are …

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How big were the largest hailstones on record?

December 24, 2016 | Author: | Posted in Weather

The maximum size of hailstones is not known positively for the simple reason that trained observers are not often on the spot to measure them when they fall. Human beings have a weakness for exaggerating the size of the hailstones they see fall as well as the fish they catch, and the difficulty lies in …

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Why is the moon compared to green cheese?

December 23, 2016 | Author: | Posted in Outer Space

To say a person believes the moon is made of green cheese is to ridicule his credulity, it being presumed that such a person would believe the most absurd thing imaginable. In this connection green is used in the sense of fresh or unseasoned. A green cheese is a new cheese. Such a cheese is …

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Is Newfoundland a part of Canada?

December 22, 2016 | Author: | Posted in Geography

Newfoundland is neither geographically nor politically a part of the Dominion of Canada. When the Dominion of Canada was created in 1867 provision was made for the admission of Newfoundland into the federation, but, despite negotiations from time to time with that end in view, Newfoundand has never availed itself of the privilege. Until 1933 …

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