Apr
30
2010
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Are Euro banknotes legal tender?

euros-and-sunglassesMost people assume Euros are legal tender. They are accepted as payment for goods or services, and are easily exchanged for local currency almost everywhere around the world. But they do not have any text stating that they are legal tender, and one has to know what the cryptic letters stand for to recognize that [more...]

Apr
30
2010
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What if the Presidents of the United States had Ordinal Numbers?

five presidents of the united statesIn the United States, the American Revolution saw the rejection of the rule by the British Government under the monarch George III. The roman numeral 3 after his name is an ordinal number. It indicates that there were two previous kings with the name of George. This system for numbering the English monarchs started after [more...]

Apr
29
2010
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Where can I see a nude statue of Napoleon Bonaparte?

napoleon-by-jacques-louis_davidThere are two nude statues of Napoleon, the marble original by Canova and a bronze copy made soon after, but you probably would not recognize him. Napoleon commissioned the statue himself to have it placed in the Musée Napóleon. Canova visited Paris to make a bust as a model. The 3.45m (11′ 4″) marble statue [more...]

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Apr
29
2010
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What is Lincoln, Nebraska city profile?

lincoln city profileLincoln is the capital of Nebraska and the state’s second largest city.  Lincoln was founded in 1856 as the village of Lancaster.  Omaha had been the capital of the territory and when it was decided to move the capital to Lancaster, Omaha tried to block that move by renaming Lancaster as Lincoln.  Much of the [more...]

Apr
28
2010
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Is it better to buy foreign currency at home or after you arrive at your destination?

foreign-currencyThe best place to buy foreign currency depends on how that currency is traded. If there are serious exchange controls in the country you intend to visit, you will probably get a bad deal at the official rate of exchange in the country, whereas in your country banks or other sellers will be eager to [more...]

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Apr
28
2010
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What did people do on the internet before the Web was invented?

telnet-gameThe World Wide Web was invented in 1989, but it was not publicized until 1991 and did not really start to catch on until the release of the Mosaic web browser in 1993. But the internet has been around much longer than that. It grew from ambitions expressed in the early 1960s and implemented in [more...]

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Apr
28
2010
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What’s in a name?

popular-childrens-namesWhat’s in a name? This answer intentionally avoids any reference to the myriad of websites that tell about the meaning of names. Mothers and fathers want their child to have the right name or names. There are different traditions which may make the selection easier. If Dad is already a “junior” or “the third”, the [more...]

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Apr
27
2010
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Can I write poetry?

romantic-snowdoniaYou can write poetry! You can, you can, I know you can; you only have to try. You'd never kissed, embraced a miss, but when you could, you could. There're lots of things in life to do, that some will never try. One of these for many folk is writing poetry. Well, it looks like [more...]

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Apr
27
2010
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Where can I sleep in a castle or a lighthouse?

martello tower aldeburghHave you ever wanted to sleep in a castle, or perhaps a tower, or a folly? Or what about a grand mansion, a tower, or a lighthouse? Or a simple cottage far from the madding crowd? There are now plenty of opportunities to have such an experience. Many historic buildings have been adapted to take [more...]

Apr
27
2010
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Can I write fiction?

tripewriterOf course you can write fiction, and it is fun. If you are reading this, you at least find the idea interesting and perhaps have asked yourself the question in the past. It doesn’t have to be novel or even a short story, just a situation or scene that you can imagine or recall. A [more...]

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