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Who, invented the postal card?

March 23, 2017 | Author: | Posted in General Knowledge

The use of postal cards was first suggested in 1865 by Heinrich von Stephan (1831-1897) when he was director of the Royal Prussian Post. Later Stephan became the first postmaster general of the German Empire and founded the International Postal Union, which became operative July 1, 1875, and which nearly all countries later joined. His …

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How did the New Orleans Mardi Gras originate?

March 22, 2017 | Author: | Posted in General Knowledge

Mardi Gras, pronounced mar-dee grah, literally means “fat Tuesday.” It is the French name of Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Shrove is the past tense of shrive (“confess”), and Shrove Tuesday is the day on which confession or shrift was made preparatory to the forty fast days of Lent. …

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Who was the last British king to fight in battle?

February 22, 2017 | Author: | Posted in History

George II who was King of Great Britain from 1727 to 1760 and who regarded himself as a military genius, was the last British sovereign to take an active part in a military campaign and to participate in a battle. In 1708 at the age of twenty-five George fought at Oudenarde as Prince of Hanover. …

What are rhinestones?

February 11, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Jewelry

Rhinestones are artificial colorless gems of high luster and cut to imitate diamonds. Their chief use is in the manufacture of cheap jewelry and accordingly false jewelry itself is sometimes referred to as rhineĀ­stone. Rhinestones were so named because they were first made along the Rhine River of a composition known as strass, which was …

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How did “kibitzer” originate?

January 26, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Language

A kibitzer is a person who meddles in the affairs of other people, particularly one who, while not a player himself, watches a card game from behind the players and gives unasked for advice. By extension the term is applied to any individual who is always ready to give advice on any subject whether he …

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Who was the Laughing Murderer of Verdun?

January 14, 2017 | Author: | Posted in History

Frederick William, Crown Prince of Germany from the time of his birth in 1882 until the downfall of the Hohenzollerns in 1918, was called the “Laughing Murderer of Verdun” by his enemies during the First World War. He commanded the forces before Verdun and the name referred to the terrific losses his army sustained in …

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