06 novembro 2017

The Prague Astronomical Clock


In the center of Prague there's a clock the size of a building. During the day, crowds gather to watch the show when it chimes in a new hour. The Prague Astronomical Clock's face is impressively complex, giving not only the expected time with respect to the Sun (solar time), but the time relative to the stars (sidereal time), the times of sunrise and sunset, the time at the equator, the phase of the Moon, and much more. The clock began operation in 1410, and even though much of its inner workings have been modernized several times, original parts remain. Below the clock is a nearly-equal sized, but static, solar calendar. Pictured, the Prague Astronomical Clock was photographed alone during an early morning in 2009 March. The Prague Astronomical Clock and the Old Town Tower behind it are currently being renovated once again, with the clock expected to be restarted in 2018 June.

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historical-nonfiction: The turkey, the bird native in the...



historical-nonfiction:

The turkey, the bird native in the Americas, is named after the country Turkey. That’s just in English; the story gets weirder. In Arabic, the turkey bird is called “dik rumi” or “Roman chicken.” In Hebrew, it is “tarnegol hodu,” the “rooster of India.” In Portuguese, it is “Peru.” As in the other country, yes. In Greek it is “galopoula” or “French chicken.” Both Khmer and Scots Gaelic call the turkey “French,” too. Meanwhile, the French call the turkey “dinde” which is a shortened form of “poule d'Inde” or “chicken of India.”

And what do the Turkish call the turkey? They are slightly unique: they call the bird “Hindi,” after one of the main languages of India.

cgull3: A bird without a country.

wolfofansbach: In other words, it’s an international game of etymological hot potato because no one wants to claim them. Man, bring a turkey is tough.

bixbiboom: “Who is responsible for this atrocity?”Everyone: *points at anyone else*

And my personal favorite

delilahmidnight: This is revenge for Columbus calling america India

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Apparently even 800 years ago, Crusader forces were aware of...



Apparently even 800 years ago, Crusader forces were aware of the concept of always leaving yourself a way out of a sticky situation. Conservation and restoration work in the old city of Tiberias exposed a secret escape tunnel that connected the Crusader citadel directly with the harbor on the Sea of Galilee in the 1100s. The tunnel may have been used in times of danger, such as when Saladin besieged the city in 1187.

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Only Great Psychology Books Make It On To This Page

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The turkey, the bird native in the Americas, is named after...



The turkey, the bird native in the Americas, is named after the country Turkey. That’s just in English; the story gets weirder. In Arabic, the turkey bird is called “dik rumi” or “Roman chicken.” In Hebrew, it is “tarnegol hodu,” the “rooster of India.” In Portuguese, it is “Peru.” As in the other country, yes. In Greek it is “galopoula” or “French chicken.” Both Khmer and Scots Gaelic call the turkey “French,” too. Meanwhile, the French call the turkey “dinde” which is a shortened form of “poule d'Inde” or “chicken of India.”

And what do the Turkish call the turkey? They are slightly unique: they call the bird “Hindi,” after one of the main languages of India.

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Pandora, the Would-Be Perturber


As Cassini hurtled toward its fatal encounter with Saturn, the spacecraft turned to catch this final look at Saturn's moon Pandora next to the thin line of the F ring.

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