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How did “bylaw” originate?

April 30, 2017 | Posted in Legal

By in bylaw is believed to be derived from the Old Danish word by or bye, meaning “town” or “dwelling place,” which still survives in numerous English place names, such as Whitby, Grimsby, Derby, Rugby, Appleby and Netherby, all of which were named by the Danes. In Lincolnshire, one of the chief seats of the …

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What is a bull bat?

April 29, 2017 | Posted in Zoology

Bull bat is a popular name for the nighthawk, although it is also sometimes applied to the whippoorwill, a closely related species. The term is used in the sense of a large bat. The nighthawk is nocturnal in habits like the bat and somewhat resembles that flying mammal in its swift, dashing flight. This bird, …

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Why is Latin America so called?

April 28, 2017 | Posted in Language

The countries in the New World to the south of the United States are called Latin America because the prevailing languages are of Latin origin. France, Spain, Italy and Portugal are called Latin countries from the fact that their languages were influenced more by Latin than were the languages of other countries. For the same …

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What is the White Slave Act?

April 27, 2017 | Posted in Commentary

The White Slave Act, more properly the White Slave Traffic Act, was passed by Congress in 1910 under the interstate commerce clause of the Federal Constitution. It forbids anyone, under heavy penalty, to cause, aid or induce the transportation of any woman or girl from one state to another for immoral purposes. White slavery as …

Do bears hug their enemies to death?

April 26, 2017 | Posted in Zoology

The proverbial hugging propensity of bears is probably a myth, notwithstanding a vast amount of alleged testimony to the contrary. Literature, reference works and books on natural history contain numerous references to the “crushing embrace” or “deadly hug” of bears. Alexander Pope wrote: ” ‘Tis a bear’s talent not to kick, but hug.” Nearly all …

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What is the southernmost point in the United States proper?

April 25, 2017 | Posted in Geography

The most southern point of land in the continental United States is in the vicinity of East Cape, Florida, at approximate latitude 25 degrees, 04 minutes. However, Key West, at approximate latitude 24 degrees 32 minutes, is connected with the mainland by bridges and viaducts. The Key West Citizen carries on its masthead the claim …

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How do the Curb Exchange and the Stock Exchange differ?

April 24, 2017 | Posted in Stock Market

The New York Curb Exchange is a market for securities not listed on the New York Stock Exchange. There is no essential difference between the Stock Exchange and the Curb Exchange either in function or in the general nature of the rules and regulations. The Curb Exchange, however, developed later historically and it is more …

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Why is a necktie called a cravat?

April 23, 2017 | Posted in Language

Cravat is derived from Cravate, the French name of the inhabitants of Croatia, who in English are called Croats (pronounced kro-ats ) Khrvat is the Serbo-Croatian form of the name. The original cravat or cravate¬†was a linen or muslin scarf worn around the neck by members of a regiment of Croat mercenaries in the service …

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What is a thank ye ma’am?

April 22, 2017 | Posted in Language

A thank ye ma’am is a bump or depression in a road that causes a carriage to jolt the occupants. The original thank ye ma’am was a small ridge or hollow made diagonally across a road on a hillside to deflect water. It received its popular name from the fact that it caused persons driving …

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What do moles eat?

April 21, 2017 | Posted in Zoology

Common garden moles are insectivorous, not vegetarian. Contrary to common belief, they very seldom eat vegetable food of any kind, their chief diet consisting of earthworms, grubs and various insects in the adult and larva stages. When the stomachs of these animals are examined vegetable food is not often found, and it is doubtful whether …

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