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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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What is the philosopher’s stone?

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

A person looking for a short-cut to riches is said to be searching for the philosopher’s stone. In Poor Richard’s Almanac Benjamin Franklin said: “If you know how to spend less than you get, you have the philosopher’s stone.” The ancient alchemists believed that somewhere in nature there existed a substance that would transmute all …

When did the round “s” supplant the long “s”?

January 15, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Literature

The modern form of the letter s began to be used in print to the exclusion of the old f form or long s about the time of the American Revolution. Before that time it was customary for printers to use both forms of the letter. The long or cursive s was used any place …

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