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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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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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What is the belief about the seventh son of a seventh son?

May 30, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Science

It was once widely believed that the seventh son of a seventh son (or child or either sex as some supposed) was endowed with notable talent and supernatural powers. According to a belief that persisted through the Middle Ages, the seventh son of a seventh son is endowed with the power not only of curing diseases and disorders of …

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Did the United States pay France rent for trenches?

May 29, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Military

There is a persistent but unfounded popular belief in the United States that the American government paid the French government a rental for the use of battle trenches during the First World War. On this subject the United States War Department says: “The rumors in regard to this matter have probably originated from the fact that this Government rented ground …

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