Aug
26
2009
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Where is the best place to get photo enlargements and poster prints?

Summer fun with Uncle Will (photo by czh  CC-BY)Sales of digital cameras have exploded in the last ten years and people are taking many more pictures with their digital cameras than they took on film. The immense growth in amateur photography has also increased the number of digital photos printed. This growth in digital printing has been significant but not enough to make [more...]

Aug
13
2009
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How to make an easy phyllo strudel?

Easy phyllo apple strudel (photo by czh - CC-BY)When I was a little girl my mother made home made strudel. I remember what an undertaking it was to make the paper thing strudel dough. She would knead it until she was exhausted. As we got older, we got to help with the muscle power. All the kneading made the dough super elastic. Working [more...]

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Aug
12
2009
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Why was micro-USB chosen as the standard mobile phone charger?

Micro-USB charging on the left. mini-USB on the right (photo by In Veritas Lux - CC-BY)In June 2009, most of the big mobile phone makers decided to adopt the micro-USB connector as the standard for their chargers. Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Motorola, LG, Samsung, NEC and others have agreed to use this connector. Apple is going to keep their proprietary connector for the iPhone, but will produce a micro-USB adapter so [more...]

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Aug
05
2009
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What is the National Anthem of Hungary?

Flag of Hungary - courtesy infraredhorsebite - CC-BY“Himnusz” (English: Hymn) is a musical prayer that serves as the official Hungarian National Anthem. It was adopted in 1844 and the first verse is sung at state ceremonies and played at international sporting events. The words of the Hungarian anthem are different from most others in that they express a direct plea to God [more...]

Aug
05
2009
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What is the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area?

Lost Lake in the Beartooth Mountains portion of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area, accessible via a 5-mile hike from a trailhead near Red Lodge, Montana. Mvguy photo. CC-BY.The Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area borders Yellowstone National Park and is made up of about 940,000 acres (3,800 square kilometers) of land in three national forests, mostly in Montana with a small portion in Wyoming. It includes Granite Peak, the highest point in Montana, as well as the largest contiguous area of land above 10,000 feet [more...]

Aug
05
2009
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What is Poland’s National Anthem?

Flag of Poland - courtesy wikimedia.org - PD“Dabrowski’s Mazurka”) is the national anthem of Poland. It is often known as “Poland Is Not Yet Lost,” or “Song of the Polish Legions in Italy.” It is a lively mazurka with lyrics written by Jozef Wybicki in Reggio nell’Emilia, Cisalpine Republic (now in Italy), in July 1797. This was two years after the Third [more...]

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Aug
04
2009
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How many motorcycles are stolen each year in the United States?

Motorcycle (photo by AlexWitherspoon - CC-BY)According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) 60,763 motorcycles were stolen in the U.S. in 2008. Motorcycle theft has been declining in last few years as shown in the figures below. Year           Number of Motorcycles Reported Stolen 2008           60,763 2007           63,206 2006           63,828  2005           70,613 2004           71,108  What brands of motorcycles account for most thefts? Honda [more...]

Aug
04
2009
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Was My Ancestor a Medieval Knight?

A medieval knight, and perhaps your great, great (etc) grandfather (PD photo)Anyone can research their ancestors going back a generation or two.  Just ask grandma! But how about going back, say, six or seven centuries.  A new genealogical database will let you do just that, particularly if your family has roots in England, and even more particularly, if one of your ancestors was a medieval soldier. A [more...]

Aug
04
2009
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What is the Russian National Anthem?

Russian flag - courtesy Anosmia - CC-BYThe Russian National Anthem is an adaptation of the anthem of the former Soviet Union. The new version removes any mention of Lenin’s ideas and the “unbreakable union” of the Soviet state. It now focuses on a country that is vast in area and rich in resources. After the removal of the Tsar and his [more...]

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Aug
04
2009
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Who were the Etruscans?

Interior Etruscan Tomb in Tarquinia - courtesy ciamabue - CC-BYEtruscan civilization evolved in northern and central Italy about 800 BC.  This era gave way in 7th century BC to an increasingly orientalizing culture that was influenced by Greek traders and Magna Graecia, the Hellenic civilization of southern Italy. The Etruscan civilization flourished in the northern part of what is now Italy, before the arrival [more...]

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