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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 …

What is a “shivaree”?

May 8, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Language

Charivari, in the sense of a mock serenade of a newly married couple, is popularly spelled and pronounced shivaree in the United States. It is a French term and is correctly spelled charivari and pronounced sha-ree­va-ree in English. Some authorities suppose the word was of onomatopoeic or imitative origin and was suggested by the sound …

What is the White Slave Act?

April 27, 2017 | Author: | 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 …

Is the silver fox a distinct species?

April 11, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Zoology

The silver fox is not a separate species. It is merely a phase of the red fox. The black fox, the platinum fox and the so-called cross fox also be­long to the red fox species. Typical silver foxes have a silvery appearance, due to the white tips on many of the hairs. The bushy tail …

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Why are June marriages considered lucky?

March 27, 2017 | Author: | Posted in General Knowledge

In the United States and Canada as well as in many other countries June is the favorite marriage month; in New Zealand and Australia as well as some other countries in the Southern Hemisphere, where the seasons are reversed, the favorite marriage month is December. The belief that June marriages are likely to be lucky …

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Where is the city of St. John’s in British America?

January 23, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Geography

Three cities with similar names in British North America are frequently confused in the United States. St. John’s is not in Canada. It is the capital and most populous city of Newfoundland, which is not part of Canada either geographically or politically. St. Johns, written without the sign of the possessive, is the name of …

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Is Newfoundland a part of Canada?

December 22, 2016 | Author: | Posted in Geography

Newfoundland is neither geographically nor politically a part of the Dominion of Canada. When the Dominion of Canada was created in 1867 provision was made for the admission of Newfoundland into the federation, but, despite negotiations from time to time with that end in view, Newfoundand has never availed itself of the privilege. Until 1933 …

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