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What famous Scottish king was a leper?

June 6, 2017 | Author: | Posted in History

Robert the Bruce (1274-1329), liberator of Scotland and King of that country from 1315 until his death, was a victim of leprosy. The Scottish King had made a vow to go on a crusade to the Holy Land, but was prevented from doing so, first by wars at home and then by the disease that he knew would …

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What does “fort” in “fortnight” mean?

May 31, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Language

Fortnight is a contraction of fourteen nights. The latter phrase, in the sense of a period of two weeks, was used in England as early as 1000 A.D., when it was used in a translation of the laws of Ine, who was King of the West Saxons in the seventh century. Fortnight has been gradually falling into disuse, …

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Did the United States pay France rent for trenches?

May 29, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Military

There is a persistent but unfounded popular belief in the United States that the American government paid the French government a rental for the use of battle trenches during the First World War. On this subject the United States War Department says: “The rumors in regard to this matter have probably originated from the fact that this Government rented ground …

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Why are policemen called cops?

May 28, 2017 | Author: | Posted in General Knowledge

Cop as applied to policemen is believed to be derived from the old English verb to cop, meaning to catch, to get hold of, to nab. This meaning of cop survives in the slang expression to cop off, which signifies to grab or to make away with something sought by others. In England a policeman is still …

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What is the surname of David Lloyd George?

May 22, 2017 | Author: | Posted in History

Lloyd George, not simply George, is the surname of the British statesman who was Prime Minister during the First World War. David Lloyd George was born in Manchester in 1853 of Welsh parents. His mother was a daughter of David Lloyd, and his father was William George, who died when his son David was a …

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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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What is meant by Robin Hood’s barn?

May 2, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Language

Robin Hood’s barn is the great out-of-doors and alludes to the fact that Robin Hood, the legendary English outlaw and ballad hero, stabled his horses under the canopy of the blue sky. To go around Robin Hood’s barn is an old phrase meaning to attain one’s end or the desired result by a round about …

What does U.S.S. mean in ship names?

April 18, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Military

U.S.S. preceding the names of vessels are the abbreviation of United States Ship. It is frequently but erroneously stated that the second S stands for Steamship or Steamer. But these letters were used in this connection before the days of steam-propelled vessels. They are used only with the names of vessels in the United States …

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What is the fiscal year?

April 14, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Taxes

The fiscal year is the twelvemonth period between one annual time of settling accounts and another. The fiscal year of the United States Government begins July 1 and ends June 3o. It is always spoken of as being in the calendar year in which it ends. For instance, the fiscal year that ended June 3o, …

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Why are ship compartments called “staterooms”?

March 26, 2017 | Author: | Posted in General Knowledge

According to a popular story, stateroom as applied to the compartments containing the berths on a steamship originated as follows: In 1815 Captain Henry Miller Shreve, after whom Shreveport, Louisiana, was named, made the first steamboat voyage up the Mississippi and Ohio as far as Louisiana. For many years Captain Shreve had charge of the …

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