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Should you avoid committing a crime at Christmastime?

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In Finland and Sweden an old tradition prevails, where the twelve days of Christmas are declared to be time of civil peace by law. It used to be that a person committing crimes during this time would be liable to a stiffer sentence than normal.

Who invented the Zeppelin?

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A Zeppelin is a type of rigid airship (or dirigible) pioneered by Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin in the early 20th century based in part on an earlier design by David Schwarz. Due to the outstanding success of the Zeppelin design, the term zeppelin in casual use came to refer to all rigid airships.

Where is the world's least-likely vacation spot?

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The worst climate in the world may be at Yakutsk, in Russia. In winter, the temperature falls to -84 degrees Fahrenheit. In summer, it can reach 102 degrees Fahrenheit.

Are impractical high heels a modern invention?

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Six-inch-high heels were worn by the upper classes in seventeenth-century Europe. Two servants, one on either side, were needed to hold up the person wearing the high heels.

Do we sing happy birthday or good morning?

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Sunday school teachers Patty and Mildred Hill wrote a song in the 1890s that we still sing today. Happy Birthday to You was a rewrite of their earlier song, Good Morning to All.

Do deaf people make good drivers?

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In the United States, deaf people have safer driving records than hearing people nationally.

How much did Esther's valentines cost?

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The first American publisher of valentines was printer and artist Esther Howland. During the 1870s, her elaborate lace cards were purchased by the wealthy, as they cost a minimum of 5 dollars - some sold for as much as 35 dollars. Mass production eventually brought prices down, and the affordable "penny valentine" became popular with the lower ...Read more

What was the genesis of <i>Frankenstein</i>?

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During the snowy summer of 1816, the "Year Without A Summer," the world was locked in a long cold volcanic winter caused by the eruption of Tambora in 1815. The then Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, age 19, and her husband-to-be Percy Bysshe Shelley, visited Lord Byron at the Villa Diodati by Lake Geneva in Switzerland. The weather was consistently ...Read more

Who was the first lady on a box of Wheaties?

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The first female athlete to appear in a Wheaties "Breakfast of Champions" television commercial was Mary Lou Retton, shortly after her gold medal win at the 1984 summer Olympics.

How many canes did Voltaire own?

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The French philosopher Voltaire owned eighty canes. His contemporary, Jean Jacques Rousseau, owned forty.

What inspired Munch to paint The Scream?

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In a note in his diary Munch described his inspiration for the image thus: "I was walking along a path with two friends - the sun was setting - suddenly the sky turned blood red - I paused, feeling exhausted, and leaned on the fence - there was blood and tongues of fire above the blue-black fjord and the city - my friends walked on, and I stood ...Read more

What would you do with a trokenbeerenauslese?

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Drink it, and savor it, too. A trokenbeerenauslese is a German wine made from vine-dried grapes so rare that it can take a skilled picker a day to gather enough for a single bottle.

Should you use a ceiling fan?

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Energy experts say that ceiling fans consume as little energy as a 60-watt bulb, which is about 98 percent less energy than most central air conditioners use.

Was William fond of Halley's Comet?

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In 1066, Halley's comet appeared shortly before William the Conqueror invaded England. The Norman king took it as a good omen; his battle cry became "A new star, a new king."

How quickly does the Earth move?

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The Earth moves in its 585-million-mile orbit around the Sun approximately eight times faster than a bullet travels.

Who invented the automobile?

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Henry Ford did not invent the automobile. It was the invention of several 19th-century engineers, paramount among them being two Germans: Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz. What Ford did accomplish was to mass-produce automobiles and provide affordable service for them.

Was Ford a soybean fan?

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Henry Ford was obsessed with soybeans. He once wore a suit and tie made from soy-based material, served a 16-course meal made entirely from soybeans, and ordered many Ford auto parts to be made from soy-derived plastic.

When did the little red string first appear on Band-Aids?

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Band-Aid Brand Adhesive Bandages® first appeared on the market in 1921. However, the little red string that is used to tear open the package was not added until 1940.

Why are street signs black on yellow?

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The color combination with the strongest visual impact is black on yellow. Next to follow black on white, yellow on black, white on black, dark blue on white, and white on dark blue.

How do eskimos deal with snow glare?

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Eskimos use wooden "eyeglasses" with narrow slits for eyepieces to protect their eyes from glare reflected by ice and snow.

 

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