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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 the shamrock Ireland’s national emblem?

May 18, 2017 | Author: | Posted in History

The shamrock is believed to have become the national emblem of Ireland as the result of a traditional incident in the life of St. Patrick. The patron saint of Ireland, it is said, appeared in 433 A.D. before a large group of Irish pagan chieftains and druids assembled on Slane Hill near Tarn. During one …

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Is quicksilver mined?

May 17, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Science

Quicksilver is the popular name of mercury, a heavy silver-white element. It is unique among the metallic elements in that it remains liquid at ordinary temperatures. Mercury occurs in nature in a free state, both in lodes and placer deposits, but only in small quantities. Commercial mercury is obtained chiefly from cinnabar ore, the sulphide …

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What is meant by the black ox?

April 3, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Language

The black ox symbolizes old age, ill luck, care, adversity or trouble and misfortune in general. “The black ox has not trod on his nor her foot” is a proverbial expression recorded as early as 1546 by John Hey­wood. It means that one does not know the meaning of sorrow, such as having been visited …

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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What is a madstone?

March 14, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Alternative Medicine

Madstones are certain objects popularly believed to have the power of “sucking” poison from wounds made by mad dogs and venomous snakes. They are supposed to be especially efficacious in preventing hydrophobia or rabies. Belief in the magical properties of madstones was formerly almost universal in America. Abraham Lincoln believed in madstones and when his …

Do snakes live in Ireland?

March 4, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Zoology

There are no native snakes in Ireland. The viviparous lizard is the only reptile found native on the Emerald Isle. Occasionally snakes are brought into Ireland or escape from packages of imported foodstuffs. A few years ago a small harmless snake less than two feet in length was found in Dublin. It attracted so much …

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Who discovered that the earth is a sphere?

February 27, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Geography

That the earth is a sphere was one of the discoveries made by Pythag­oras, a Greek philosopher who lived in the sixth century B.C. The researches of Anaximander had prepared the way for the discovery, and the doctrine of the spherical form of the earth was taught by Parmeni­dies, who was associated with the Pythagoreans. …

Who were the druids?

February 14, 2017 | Author: | Posted in History

The druids were the priests, bards, prophets and wise men among the ancient Celts in Gaul, Britain and Ireland. Owing to their practice of teaching orally and forbidding any written records very little is known about them. All their ritual and teachings were committed to memory. Besides expounding religion the druids were magicians and astrologers …

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Does a drowned man float face down and a woman face up?

February 5, 2017 | Author: | Posted in General Knowledge

There is a popular belief that the body of a drowned man floats face down and that of a drowned woman face up. The belief, however, is not confirmed by observation. Lifeguards who have seen hundreds of drowned persons say if it holds true in some cases it is probably owing to the difference in …

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