Home » 2016 » December (Page 2)

How did Derby in horse racing originate?

December 21, 2016 | Author: | Posted in Gambling & Casinos, Horse Racing

The Derby race is an annual horse race held on the famous race course at Epsom, England. Epsom is in Surrey, about fifteen miles from London, and has been noted for its races since the reign of James I, successor of Queen Elizabeth. In 1779, during the reign of George III and in the midst …

Comments Off on How did Derby in horse racing originate? Tags:

Why are X rays so named?

December 20, 2016 | Author: | Posted in Medicine & Surgery

The X ray was discovered in 1895 by a German Professor of physics at the University of Würzburg in Germany. His name was Wilhelm Konrad Röntgen. It is said that this German scientist, who gave his discovery to the world without personal profit, made the actual discovery of X rays late on the night of …

Comments Off on Why are X rays so named? Tags:

What is the origin of “A Number One?”

December 19, 2016 | Author: | Posted in History, Insurance

A Number One in the sense of prime, superior or first-rate originated with a symbol used in classifying ships in Lloyd’s Register of British and Foreign Shipping, a yearly publication dealing with the design and construction of vessels of all nations and with data about docks and harbors. Beginning with its issue of 1775-4776, Lloyd’s …

Comments Off on What is the origin of “A Number One?” Tags:

What is China’s Sorrow?

December 18, 2016 | Author: | Posted in Environmental

Hwang Ho, or the Yellow River, is popularly known as China’s Sorrow because of its devastating floods. This remarkable stream is one of the largest rivers in the world and is the second largest in China, being second only to the Yangtze. It has its sources in Tibet and meanders 2,700 miles through northern China. …

Comments Off on What is China’s Sorrow? Tags:

Can fish hear?

December 17, 2016 | Author: | Posted in Environmental

With present knowledge this question cannot be answered definitely. Experiments have given conflicting results. Some investigators believe that certain fish do not respond to the stimuli of sound, waves, while others have obtained some reaction to such stimuli, Since different species of fish were used in the experiments, it is possible that the sense of …

Comments Off on Can fish hear? Tags: ,

What became of the passenger pigeons?

December 16, 2016 | Author: | Posted in Environmental

Two hundred years ago the passenger pigeon, a migratory pigeon slightly larger than the turtledove, was probably the most numerous bird throughout most of the United States and southern Canada east of the Great Plains. John James Audubon and Alexander Wilson, early naturalists, reported seeing these pigeons flying in flocks seven or eight miles long, …

Comments Off on What became of the passenger pigeons? Tags: ,

Where is the Land of the Midnight Sun?

December 15, 2016 | Author: | Posted in Environmental, Science

The sun shining at midnight in the arctic or antarctic summer is known as the midnight sun. Norway is popularly called the “Land of the Midnight Sun” because this phenomenon has been more frequently observed in that region by visitors from western Europe and the United States. The description would be equally applicable to other …

Comments Off on Where is the Land of the Midnight Sun? Tags: , , ,

What is the golden rose?

December 14, 2016 | Author: | Posted in Jewelry, Religion

The golden rose is an artificial ornament of pure gold set with gems and made by skilled artificers. It is blessed by the Pope on the fourth (Laetare) Sunday in Lent, which for that reason is sometimes called “Rose Sunday.” For centuries the popes have been accustomed to confer the golden rose upon churches and …

Comments Off on What is the golden rose? Tags: , , , , ,

Which is cooler, black or white clothing?

December 13, 2016 | Author: | Posted in Clothing, Outdoors, Science

Many people believe that light-colored clothing is cooler than dark-colored clothing irrespective of the time it is worn. Such is not the case. Assuming the material to be the same in other respects, there is probably little if any difference in warmth between black and white clothing under ordinary circumstances. Only in bright sunshine are …

Comments Off on Which is cooler, black or white clothing? Tags:

Why wasn’t the year 1900 a leap year?

December 12, 2016 | Author: | Posted in History, Science

According to the Gregorian calendar, which was introduced by Pope Gregory in 1582 A.D. and which was adopted by Great Britain and the English colonies in 1752, every year whose number is divisible by four is a leap year, with the exception of those years whose numbers are divisible by 1oo and not by 400. …

Comments Off on Why wasn’t the year 1900 a leap year? Tags: ,