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Did you know... that Belgium was once an industrial giant? This country was once the third biggest economy in the world (today: 17th). We were also the second country in the world with railways (after the UK).

Still not bad for a country with a population of 11 million.

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A historical bite:

"Consequently, in the name of God Almighty, by the authority of the
 Apostles Saints Peter and Paul, and by our Own, We reprove and condemn
 this Charter [the Magna Carta]; under pain of anathema We forbid the
 King to observe it or the barons to demand its execution.  We declare
 the Charter null and of no effect, as well as all the obligations
 contracted to confirm it.  It is Our wish that in no case should it
 have any effect."
              [Pope Innocent III (1161-1216)]

Actually, Magna Carta was very much off-again, on-again for quite a while, and was recently revised sometime in the 20th century.

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Neither is the passage on the Magna Carta.  It is an encyclical letter from Pope Innocent III.  However, if you want a biblical passage the one I like the best is Ecclesiastes I, 1: "Vanity of vanities, all is vanity".

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    A guinea pig is not from Guinea but a rodent from South America.
    A firefly is not a fly, but a beetle.
    A giant panda bear is really a member of the raccoon family.
    A black panther is really a leopard that has a solid black coat
        rather then a spotted one.
    Peanuts are not really nuts.  The majority of nuts grow on trees
        while peanuts grow underground.  They are classified as a
        legume -- part of the pea family.
    A cucumber is not a vegetable but a fruit.

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Like it or love it, a new time zone occurs every 15 degrees of latitude.  Clearly China has legislated against this.  The Equation of Time is a fact.  The single Chinese time zone is a piece of political fiction.

Must be interesting in China when the sun comes up right after lunch.

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Like it or love it, a new time zone occurs every 15 degrees of latitude.  Clearly China has legislated against this.  The Equation of Time is a fact.  The single Chinese time zone is a piece of political fiction.

Must be interesting in China when the sun comes up right after lunch.

Or perhaps their morning starts a bit earlier than Beijing in that case?

Beijing and Bangkok are 15,9 degrees off each other, and the time difference is one hour off. Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur are 1.2 degrees off each other; yet the time difference is exactly the same as to Beijing. Does it make much of a difference? Not exactly.

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This history of time zones began when Sir Sandford Fleming grew annoyed with train time tables and schedules.  His goal was to make trains appear reliably on time.  Doesn't pay to annoy a railway civil engineer.

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Yes there are many others including Richard Zednick that faced death by skate recently.   Though neck guards exist few use them as they are usually cumbersome and restricting, in a sport that requires you to "keep your head on a swivel" (as the common hockey saying goes) players are unwilling because they want to be able to see it all. Similar excuse given for not wanting to wear visors. 

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  • Did you know John Chang? This is a name given to Chinese medicine doctor (if that's the right word) who used Chi to light paper and send out electroshocks. After the interview was given (actually it was assured this interview was not going to be made public) he wasn't seen again.

     

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    This is why nobody ever builds monuments to critics.

    Totally subjective, and dependent on current culture.

    Reading the fine print, they are the "greatest" movies of all times for a group of cinema critics. They are supposed to talk about the topic the same way as an industrial design engineer can rate the work of a mechanical engineer. They know the theory of how stuff is done, but rarely they've done the job hands on.

    It is said in the article that the rating is purely emotional, so expect no reasoning about why one movie rates over other, maybe it was more innovative, it dealt with a topic never dealt before, or it represented a technical advancement... 


      Edited by TekindusT  

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