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Where do elephants go to die?

December 11, 2016 | Author: | Posted in Environmental

It is often said that the remains of elephants that die a natural death are never found in their native haunts and that the question is a mystery to scientists. Numerous hunters have reported that they never have found the skeletal remains of elephants in the jungles. An Englishman, who had charge of the capture …

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Why do electric light bulbs pop when broken?

December 10, 2016 | Author: | Posted in Science

If the filament in electric light bulbs were made red hot in air it would oxidize and burn up. Therefore the bulb must consist of a vacuum or it must be filled with a gas in which there is no oxygen. The air is pumped out of ordinary electric light bulbs until a vacuum or …

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Who are the Anzacs?

December 9, 2016 | Author: | Posted in History

This is a name often applied collectively to the people of Australia and New Zealand. It originated during the First World War. The Australian and New Zealand divisions in the British forces were merged into a single unit officially known as the “Australian-New Zealand Army Corps.” In popular usage this name was shortened to Anzac, …

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What queen reigned after death?

December 8, 2016 | Author: | Posted in History

Inez de Castro, wife of Dom Pedro, King of Portugal in the fourteenth Century, is often referred to as the Queen who “reigned after death.” She became the morganatic wife of Dom Pedro while he was heir to the throne. The Prince’s father, the King, seriously objected to the marriage. He feared the powerful Castro …

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What is the origin of the bridal veil?

December 7, 2016 | Author: | Posted in History, Weddings

The wedding or bridal veil is believed to be a survival of an ancient superstition dating back to the time of the Greeks and Romans, if not much earlier. It was first worn to conceal and protect the bride from evil spirits that it was thought would harm her if she were not veiled. Perhaps …

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Why are ultraconservatives called Bourbons?

December 6, 2016 | Author: | Posted in History

The Bourbons were a royal family who ruled France from 1589 to 1848, with interruptions caused by the French Revolution and the Napoleonic regime. Members of the Bourbon family also ruled for centuries in Naples, Parma and Spain. The family was first heard of in the ninth century when its head, Baron Aimar, was lord …

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Do trees die of old age?

December 5, 2016 | Author: | Posted in Environmental

No close parallel exists between trees and animals in respect to maturity and longevity. Trees do not die of old age in the same sense that higher animals and human beings do. In “The Deacon’s Masterpiece” Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote: In fact, there’s nothing that keeps its youth, So far as I know, but a …

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What does it mean “to turn state’s evidence?”

December 4, 2016 | Author: | Posted in Legal

In American legal language evidence for the government, people or state in criminal prosecutions is called state’s evidence. In English law evidence for the Crown is called King’s (or Queen’s) evidence. These terms are applied more particularly to evidence voluntarily given by an accessory in a crime who confesses his part and who testifies against …

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What great orator put pebbles in his mouth?

December 3, 2016 | Author: | Posted in History

When the ancient Athenian orator Demosthenes (384?-322 B.C.) was a young man he had a frail body, weak lungs and a shrill voice. Plutarch tells us that Demosthenes “had a weakness and a stammering in his voice, and a want of breath, which caused such a distraction in his discourse, that it was difficult for …

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Who was the Laughing Philosopher?

December 2, 2016 | Author: | Posted in History

Democritus (46o?-362? B.C.), a Greek thinker in the time of Socrates, was known as the “Laughing Philosopher.” Just why he was so called is not known for certain. His moral philosophy was very stern and taught the absolute subjection of all passions. According to a legend, probably unfounded, Democritus put out his own eyes so …

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