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Where in America can one see the Atlantic and Pacific?

February 7, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Geography

Both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, which is regarded as part of the North Atlantic, can be seen on a clear day from the summit of Mount Izaru, an active volcano in Costa Rica. That is believed to be the only point in the Americas of which this can be truthfully said. Cartago, …

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What is the plural of “ski”?

February 6, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Language

The plural of ski is either ski or skis. Frequently the plural is erroneously written skiis, owing no doubt to the fact that the double i occurs in skiing, the present participial form. Ski, also spelled skee in English, is of Scandinavian origin. Americans almost universally pronounce the word skee, but the British generally follow …

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Does a drowned man float face down and a woman face up?

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

There is a popular belief that the body of a drowned man floats face down and that of a drowned woman face up. The belief, however, is not confirmed by observation. Lifeguards who have seen hundreds of drowned persons say if it holds true in some cases it is probably owing to the difference in …

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What is quartered oak?

February 4, 2017 | Author: | Posted in General Knowledge

Quartered oak is oak lumber that has been quartersawed. It is not, like bird’s-eye maple, a wood with a peculiar grain. In order to produce the quarter-grain effect the oak log is first cut into quarters and then boards are sawed by cutting alternately from each face of the quarter. Such lumber not only shows …

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Why are opals considered unlucky?

February 3, 2017 | Author: | Posted in General Knowledge

The origin of the superstition that the opal is an unlucky stone and will bring misfortune and ill luck to its owner is obscure. Among the ancients the opal was prized above most other precious stones. According to Pliny, a Roman senator named Nonius had a large and beautiful opal that he valued at the …

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What is the color of Negro babies at birth?

February 2, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Babies

That the Negro enters the world with a skin as light as that of the Caucasian is a common notion. Frequently travelers refer to the faintly colored newly born children of the black race. In 1911 Eliezer Edwards, in Words, Facts and Phrases, quoted Sir R. Phillips as having written: “The children of the blackest …

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What is a hoop snake?

February 1, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Zoology

One of the most persistent snake myths in the United States deals with reptiles known as the stinging snake or hoop snake. This snake, according to the belief, has a venomous stinger in its tail that works like that of a wasp. The snake, it is said, forms itself into a hoop by putting its …