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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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Why is a ten-cent piece called a dime?

April 6, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Language

Dime is derived from the Latin decem (“ten”) or decimus (“a tenth”). In the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries dime was applied in England to the tithe or tenth part of one’s income paid to the church. According to the King James Version of the Bible, the last part of Genesis 14:20 reads, “He gave him …

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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 …