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Henry, darling, Anne Boleyn wants to know if you'd like some tea with or without a sprig of hemlock?

My profuse thanks, but I think I'll pass.

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Oxymorons & Contradictions


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”Successful failure”


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”Living dead”


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”Run slowly”


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”Pretty ugly”


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”Free rent”


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”Easy work”


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”Original copy”


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World's tallest midget or world's shortest giant


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Sutherland Falls, New Zealand

At 580m (1,903 f), Sutherland Falls is the highest waterfall in New Zealand. The only disadvantage is that it’s not easily accessible - to visit it you should either walk 4 days tramping “Milford track” or take a scenic flight.

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Heavy overnight rain followed by sunny days makes for the perfect conditions to walk the “Milford Track” in Fiordland National Park. Recharged waterfalls thunder from majestic mountain ramparts. You keep feeling obliged to stop and arch your neck back to fully appreciate the grandeur of it all.

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Sutherland Falls as seen from the Milford Track

Scottish backwoodsman Donald Sutherland was looking for a viable route between Milford Sound and Lake Wakatipu on 10 November 1880 when he glimpsed falling water in the distance through trees. He was the first European to see the falls which now bear his name.

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Donald Sutherland – 1888

Born in Wick in the far north of Scotland in the early 1840s, the footloose Sutherland served in several armies and merchant navies. Unsuccessful as a prospector and unfulfilled as an explorer, he improved his fortunes in 1890 by marrying Elizabeth Samuels, a shrewd and resourceful widow. The couple built a chalet at Milford Sound to accommodate the intrepid tourists who walked the newly opened Milford Track in increasing numbers each summer.

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Tourists at one of the Milford Sound chalets

The chalet outlasted its founders. When Donald died suddenly in 1919, his corpse lay unburied for five weeks until the next visit by a government steamer because it was too heavy for Elizabeth to move. Undeterred, she stayed on at Milford Sound, sold the chalet to the government in 1922 for £1000 (equivalent to $94,000 in 2014), and died the following year. The chalet was replaced by a new government hostel in 1928.

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Typical modern chalet at Milford

But, back to the falls: Sutherland Falls is amongst the tallest waterfalls in the world, it has a steep slope. The water plunges in three cascades; the upper is 229 meters (751 ft.) tall, the middle – 248 meters (813 ft.) and the lower – 103 meters (338 ft.), in a total vertical fall of 580 meters (1902.89 ft.). Sutherland Falls are fed by a small circular lake, named Lake Quill, which occupies a small rock basin that was formed by ice-action during the Ice Age, and spills almost directly down a near-vertical mountain-wall into a valley.

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Lake Quill – the gap is the top of Sutherland Falls

Its most beautiful angle is taken from above on a helicopter flight, when you can see the lake behind the waterfall framed with snow-capped mountains in the cold seasons.

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Facts About Chopsticks

It is believed that these unique eating tools were developed about 3000 to 5000 years ago in China although the exact date of their creation is currently uncertain. It is also thought that the Chinese philosopher Confucius had a major influence on their development with his nonviolent teachings. His philosophy was that instruments such as knives, with the connection people make with them for war and violence, were not to be used at the dinner table. Here are some other facts you may not know about:

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1. Using chopsticks involves over 30 joints and 50 muscles in the fingers, wrist, arm, shoulder as well as thousands of nerves.

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2. The Chinese use 45 billion chopsticks annually.

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3. February 6th is National Chopstick Day.

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4. Almost one third of the world uses chopsticks every day. About as many as use a knife and fork.

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5. Silver chopsticks were used to test toxicity in food in ancient China. Poison will make silver chopsticks turn black so the royal family uses silver chopsticks to tip them off on the plans of assassins and prevent assassination.

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6. 80 percent of chopsticks made in Japan are made in the little city of Obama, named like President Obama, population about 32,000.

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7. The fear of chopsticks is called “Consecotaleophobia.”

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The Infamous Hermann Göring

Hermann Göring (also spelled “Goering”) was a flying ace, creator of the Gestapo, and one-time president of the Reichstag — he was also overweight and into drugs.

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Hermann Göring

Hermann Göring was the second-most powerful man in the Third Reich. As Adolf Hitler’s ruthless right-hand man, Göring was instrumental in the Führer’s rise to power. He helped Hitler to secure the Chancellorship of Germany in 1933 and he created the infamous Gestapo — the Nazi secret police that not only suppressed any opposition to Nazism in Germany but also facilitated the Holocaust by helping to round up Jewish people.

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In early May 1940, he commanded the world’s most powerful air force, poised to roar from continental victories and triumph over hated England. At home, Germans adored their Führer, but found in der dicke Hermann—“Fat Herman”—a figure of ebullient entertainment. Slender, ascetic Hitler ate only vegetables, abstained from smoking and drinking, and wore mainly plain gray jackets. Not Göring. In flamboyant uniforms of his own design and fingers emblazoned with rings, the fat man ate, drank, and made riotously merry, living out loud.

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Göring’s dandy image made him a persistent figure of ridicule. Germans mocked him and the foreign press painted him as an overweight buffoon. But Hermann Göring was a colossus in every way: a wily Machiavellian with an outsize IQ, skilled at combining charm, guile, and ruthlessness to get what he wanted—skills he employed to the end.

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In 1923 the NSDAP or Nazi Party as it is colloquially known, had attempted to overthrow the Bavarian government in the so-called 1923 Beerhall Putsch. Amongst the casualties was Hermann Göring who was severely injured. The morphine was provided as a pain killer. It is ironic that Hermann, an anti-Semite, was addicted to a substance that was possibly unfairly referred to as the Jewish drug. As an aside when Göring was captured by the Americans in May 1945, he was weaned off morphine before his trial. For the first time in many years, Hermann was again lucid and focused. His intellect was again able to take precedence.

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Arguing his case at Nuremberg

Hitler was mostly blind to Göring’s faults and maintained a close association with him. In 1939 Hitler declared him his successor and in 1940 gave him the special rank of Reichsmarschall des Grossdeutschen Reiches (“Marshal of the Empire”). The other Nazi leaders both resented his favoured position and despised his self-indulgence, but Hitler did not displace him until the last days of the war, when, in accordance with the decrees of 1939, Göring attempted to assume the Führer’s powers, believing him to be encircled and helpless in Berlin. Nevertheless, Göring expected to be treated as a plenipotentiary when, after Hitler’s suicide, he surrendered himself to the Americans.

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Reichsmarschall Göring

Cured finally of his drug addiction during his period of captivity awaiting trial as a war criminal, he defended himself ably before the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg. He saw himself as the star defendant, a historical figure; he denied any complicity in the more hideous activities of the regime. After his condemnation, when his plea to be shot and not hanged was refused, he took poison and died in his cell at Nuremberg the night his execution was ordered. Only in 1967 was it revealed that he had left a note explaining that the poison capsule had been secreted all the while in a container of pomade.

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Why Do The British Drive On The Left Side Of The Road?

The British custom of driving on the left was passed down from the Romans.

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The chariot driver stayed to the left in order to meet an approaching enemy with his right sword hand.

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Americans, on the other hand, switched to driving on the right because on covered wagons, the brakes were built on the left, forcing the driver to sit on that same side and, consequently, to drive on the right so they could have a clear view of the road.

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The Great Buddha Of Kamakura

Kamakura was the political capital of Japan during the Kamakura shogunate, from 1185 to 1333. It is often described in history books as a former capital of Japan. The earliest traces of human settlements in Kamakura date back at least 10,000 years.

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Kamakura, Japan

The Great Buddha of Kamakura is a monumental outdoor bronze statue of Amitabha Buddha located at Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Amitabha Buddha (aka Amitabha Daibutsu) is one of the Five Wisdom Buddhas.

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The Five Wisdom Buddhas

The statue originally lived inside a large temple hall. Following a series of violent typhoons and a tidal wave in the 14th and 15th centuries the surrounding temples were destroyed leaving the statue essentially homeless. Since then, around 1495, the Buddha has been sitting out in the open.

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According to the Azumakagami, a chronicle describing the achievements of the Kamakura Shogunate from the late 12th century through the mid-13th century, construction of the Great Buddha began in 1252. It is also believed that a priest gathered donations from the people to build it. However, much remains unclear about the specifics of the Great Buddha’s construction, and the artist has yet to be identified.

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Calvin Leon Graham

The youngest man to serve in the World War II was actually a young boy of just 12 years of age.

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Graham lied about his actual age when he enlisted in the US navy.

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His real age was only discovered after being wounded while serving as a 40 mm loader on the USS South Dakota.

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He was already awarded a “Bronze Star Medal” and a “Purple Heart Medal” before the truth about his age came to light.

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He died of heart failure on November 6, 1992 at age 62.

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Facts About Avocados

Like the tomato, avocados are a fruit, not a vegetable. They belong to the Genus Persea in the Lauraceae family.

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Avocado has a seed and is therefore a fruit

Avocado trees do not self-pollinate; they need another avocado tree close by in order to grow. Avocados are an Aztec symbol of love and fertility, and they also grow in pairs on trees.

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You can tell that an avocado is ripe when they feel heavy for their size and are dark in color. If you want to quicken the ripening process, simply put one in brown paper bag for 2-4 days. You can speed this process up even more by putting adding a banana to the bag.

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Avocados mature on the tree, but only ripen once they are taken off the tree.

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Hass is the most popular variety of avocado grown worldwide. The Hass tree was discovered in the backyard of a mailman named Rudolph Hass in California in the 1930’s and Hass patented his tree in 1935.

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On average, 53.5 million pounds of guacamole are eaten every Super Bowl Sunday, enough to cover a football field more than 20 feet thick.

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Speaking of guacamole, the origin of the word comes from Spanish explorers could not pronounce the Aztec word for avocado, “ahuacatl,” so they called the avocado “aguacate.”

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Avocados have the highest fiber content of any fruit and contain vitamin B6, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, and folate.

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Ferrets

A rather fascinating, amusing and adventurous creature, Ferrets are quirky little animals belonging to mustelid family including weasels, minks, badgers and wolverine. They are inquisitive, playful and endlessly amusing. A ferret is a small, furry creature with a cone-shaped nose, long tail and a long, pear-shaped body with short legs and long claws.

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The vast majority of ferrets are the domesticated variety. Experts think they were bred more than 2,500 years ago from either European polecats (Mustela putorius) or steppe polecats (Mustela eversmanii). These polecats should not be confused with skunks, which are sometimes colloquially called polecats. There are no naturally wild domesticated ferrets. If a pet ferret escapes, it rarely survives more than a few days, according to the American Ferret Association.

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It is unclear exactly when ferrets were first domesticated, but the critters have a long and storied history. Greek scholars—Aristophanes in 450 BCE and Aristotle in 350 BCE—wrote about a ferret-like animal. Some lore asserts that ancient Egyptians even kept them as pets, but the absence of ferret bones in explored tombs casts doubt on that claim. Remains have been found in a medieval castle in Belgium, but there is no mention of the pets in any contemporary writings. It's also possible that the ferret was exclusively a lower-class pet, which would explain the lack of documentation.

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An unspayed female ferret is called a jill while a spayed female is a sprite. An intact male is a hob and a neutered male is called a gib. Baby ferrets are called kits.

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Ferrets have no inherent fear of humans.

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