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How did “Labrador” originate?

June 9, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Geography

According to Scandinavian sagas, Bjorn and Eric the Red discovered Labrador about the year 1000 A.D. They called it Helluland, meaning land of slate or naked rocks. The region was rediscovered in 1498 by John Cabot, who supposed it to be the eastern extremity of Asia. There are three theories as to how the region received its present …

Does moonlight ever produce rainbows?

June 8, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Geography

Rainbows by moonlight, known as moonbows, are unusual but not rare phenomena. Aristotle referred to lunar bows about twenty-two hundred years ago, and they are well known to scientists, although they are not often observed, chiefly because of the faintness of the light at night. Only under exceptional conditions can the colors of a moonbow be seen. Lunar rainbows …

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Why is Rome called the Eternal City?

June 7, 2017 | Author: | Posted in History

Rome was known as the Eternal City even among the ancient Romans themselves. It was so called because the Roman people thought that no matter what happened to the world, no matter how many other empires might rise and fall, Rome would go on forever. Tibullus (54-18 B.C.), Roman elegiac poet, and Ovid (43 B.C.-17 A.D.), one of the …

What famous Scottish king was a leper?

June 6, 2017 | Author: | Posted in History

Robert the Bruce (1274-1329), liberator of Scotland and King of that country from 1315 until his death, was a victim of leprosy. The Scottish King had made a vow to go on a crusade to the Holy Land, but was prevented from doing so, first by wars at home and then by the disease that he knew would …

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What famous French writer was part Negro?

June 5, 2017 | Author: | Posted in General Knowledge

Alexandre Dumas the elder (1802-1870), author of The Count of Monte Cristo and other romantic novels, was of part Negro blood. His father, General Alexandre Davy de la Pailleterie Dumas, was a mulatto, the son of a French nobleman named Alexandre Davy de la Pailleterie and a full-blooded Negro woman of Santo Domingo. General Dumas took the name Dumas from …

Does snow enrich the soil?

June 4, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Weather

That snow fertilizes the soil is an old belief that has some scientific foundation. Many farmers expect good crops after a winter of heavy snowfall. An old English rhyme runs: Year of snow Fruit will grow. In 1729 William Byrd of Westover wrote as follows of southern Virginia: ”The Soil wou’d also want the advantages of Frost, …

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Does an electric fan lower the temperature of a room?

June 3, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Science

An electric fan running in a perfectly insulated and hermetically sealed room would not make the air in the room cooler, as commonly supposed. In fact, because of the friction developed in the fan, the temperature of a room is slightly increased instead of decreased by setting the air in rapid motion. The cooling effect of the fan results …

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What is a common-law marriage?

June 2, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Legal

A common-law marriage is a marriage by mutual consent alone, without license or ceremony of any kind, either ecclesiastical or civil. Unions of this kind are said to be consensual, that is, existing merely by virtue of consent or acquiescence. Common-law marriages, without either license or ceremony, are validated by the courts in most jurisdictions if proper proof is …

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Can stars be seen in daytime from a well?

June 1, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Science

The popular belief that stars and planets can be seen in the daytime from the bottom of a well or shaft is true only to a very limited extent. A person observing the stars in daylight is assisted by a shaft or tube in two ways. The pupil of the eye is protected from stray light and lateral illumination. …

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What does “fort” in “fortnight” mean?

May 31, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Language

Fortnight is a contraction of fourteen nights. The latter phrase, in the sense of a period of two weeks, was used in England as early as 1000 A.D., when it was used in a translation of the laws of Ine, who was King of the West Saxons in the seventh century. Fortnight has been gradually falling into disuse, …

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