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What is the capital of Switzerland?

February 28, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Geography

Bern is the political capital of the Swiss Confederation. Many people erroneously suppose that Geneva is. From the close of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815 until 1848 Bern, Zurich and Lucerne shared equally the honor of being the capital and the seat of government shifted from one to the other every two years. In 1848 …

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Who discovered that the earth is a sphere?

February 27, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Geography

That the earth is a sphere was one of the discoveries made by Pythag­oras, a Greek philosopher who lived in the sixth century B.C. The researches of Anaximander had prepared the way for the discovery, and the doctrine of the spherical form of the earth was taught by Parmeni­dies, who was associated with the Pythagoreans. …

What are the seven seas?

February 26, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Geography

The seven seas is a figurative term denoting all the seas and oceans of the world. It is often explained that the seven seas are the Arctic, the Antarctic, the North and South Pacific, the North and the South Atlantic, and the Indian ocean. This explanation is purely imaginary. The term is not intended to …

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Which is correct, “cent” or “penny”?

February 25, 2017 | Author: | Posted in General Knowledge

Penny is not the official and legal designation of any coin minted by the United States. It is merely a colloquial name for the American one-cent piece. Penny, however, has been applied to the American cent since the beginning of the United States coinage system. Until after the Revolution the English penny circulated freely in the …

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Do earthworms turn into lightning bugs?

February 24, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Zoology

That earthworms turn into lightning bugs or fireflies is a common myth in some sections of the United States. No doubt this curious belief arose from the fact that the lightning bug or firefly is a species of beetle that passes through a larva stage. Adults, larvae and eggs are all luminous. observation of the …

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If an earthworm is cut in two will the parts survive?

February 23, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Zoology

The power of earthworms to regenerate missing parts, though remarkable, is often exaggerated. For instance, it is repeatedly stated that a tail may grow a new head and a head may grow a new tail. That statement is only partially true. If an angleworm is cut in two near the middle the front half will …

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Who was the last British king to fight in battle?

February 22, 2017 | Author: | Posted in History

George II who was King of Great Britain from 1727 to 1760 and who regarded himself as a military genius, was the last British sovereign to take an active part in a military campaign and to participate in a battle. In 1708 at the age of twenty-five George fought at Oudenarde as Prince of Hanover. …

How do shears and scissors differ?

February 21, 2017 | Author: | Posted in General Knowledge

In the United States shears and scissors are often used interchangeably. As a rule, however, shears is employed when the implement is large and scissors when it is small. All such instruments having a total length of six inches or less are called scissors in the hardware trade; those exceeding six inches in length are …

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Which is correct, “these” or “this” molasses?

February 20, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Language

Molasses is derived through Spanish from Latin mellaceus, “honey-like.” Since the singular and plural forms are spelled the same, the word is often construed as a plural when it should be construed as a singular. Molasses are, these molasses and those molasses are common expressions, especially in the South and West. They are incorrect except …

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Where is the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes?

February 19, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Geography

The Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes lies beyond Mount Katmai on the Alaskan mainland across Shelikof Strait from Kodiak Island. From the floor of this remarkable valley millions of columns of steam ascend constantly. The vents through which the steam escapes disclose incrustations of great beauty, variety and color. There are masses of bright yellow …

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