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Stuff Works - Table of Contents
Alphabetical index - a huge list of how everything works.
Instruments from Ancient Rome
A Display of Surgical Instruments from Antiquity
This collection is one of the best surviving examples of the tools at
a surgeon's disposal in the first century BCE. Since there was relatively
little innovation in surgery and surgical tools from the time of Hippocrates
(5th century BCE) and Galen (2nd century CE) this collection is typical
of surgical practice for nearly a millenium. In fact, the technology of
some tools, such as the vaginal speculum, did not change significantly
until the 20th century.
Facts for Thanksgiving
The American Indians hunted wild turkey for its sweet, juicy meat as early
as 1000 A.D. Turkey feathers were used to stabilize arrows and adorn ceremonial
dress, and the spurs on the legs of wild tom turkeys were used as projectiles
The turkey was domesticated in Mexico and brought
to Europe in the 16th century.
Graves Reveal Massacre of Maya Royalty
Archaeologists have discovered what they believe was the gruesome scene
of a royal massacre in the ancient city of Cancuén, once one of
the richest cities in the Maya empire.
The bones of 31 executed and dismembered Maya
nobles were found in a sacred reservoir at the entrance to the royal palace
in Cancuén in the Petén rain forest of Guatemala.
- The How-To Manual That Anyone Can Write or Edit
A collection of user-submitted manuals that currently offers over three
thousand articles. Some articles are serious and helpful, such as "How
to Care for Cast Iron," others, like "How to Pick Your Nose
Inconspicuously" and "Learn to Eat a Food You Really Hate Without
Wanting to Throw up," maybe more entertaining than serious.
Beverly Hills, CA, is known almost world wide as an affluent, wealthy
community. But lost pets in the City of Beverly Hills are taken to a County
run animal shelter in the City of Carson – over twenty miles and
45 minutes away.
Paula Kent Meehan and pets90210.org are encouraging
Beverly Hills Mayor, City Council Members, City Manager and staff to develop
a plan for a shelter for the pets of Beverly Hills.
Knows Best. Or Does She?
Testing old wives' tales.
(They cite corsinet.com! We're famous world-wide!)
Unit Zappa tops bizarre names poll
Frank Zappa's daughter Moon Unit has topped a list of celebrity offspring
with the most bizarre names, an online poll says.
Another of the US singer-songwriter's four children
- Dweezil - also makes the top 10 at number seven, but there are no mentions
for the ground-breaking musician's two other children: Ahmed Emuukha Rodan
and Diva Muffin.
of the biggest sex scandals in sports history
Do You Tell a Democrat from a Republican?
What's the difference between the two major political parties? Some would
say, "None." Third-party maven Ralph Nader claims they're all
Then there's the other view. The two major parties,
says conventional wisdom, represent enduring and opposing philosophies
of government--liberal and conservative--two currents that go back to
the beginning of the republic.
New Yorkers go about unaware of what is happening just beneath their feet:
Power pulses, information flies, and steam flows. The city’s infrastructure
starts just below street level, but it doesn’t stop there.
Brief History of English, with Chronology
The language we call English was first brought to the north sea coasts
of England in the 5th and 6th centuries A.D., by seafaring people from
Denmark and the northwestern coasts of present-day Germany and the Netherlands.
These immigrants spoke a cluster of related dialects falling within the
Germanic branch of the Indo-European language family. Their language began
to develop its own distinctive features in isolation from the continental
Germanic languages, and by 600 A.D. had developed into what we call Old
English or Anglo-Saxon, covering the territory of most of modern England.
The Golden Gate Bridge is the world's No. 1 suicide magnet, in part because
it makes suicide so easy. People jump and kill themselves there, an average
of 19 a year. In the peak year, 1977, there were 40 suicides. Some dive
not expecting obscurity or oblivion but a kind of grace -- a welcoming
body of water that inducts the jumper into nature.
Sale: Island with Mysterious Money Pit
It may look like a fixer-upper at first glance, but what is buried beneath
scrubby little Oak Island might just make its estimated $7 million price
tag worth the investment.
Oak Island, in Nova Scotia, is famous for its Money
Pit, a mystery that has endured two centuries, claimed six lives and swallowed
up millions in life savings.
Oetzi, the Stone Age hunter, carry a curse?
The death of a molecular biologist has fuelled renewed speculation about
a "curse" connected to an ancient corpse.
Tom Loy, 63, had analysed DNA found on "Oetzi",
the Stone Age hunter whose remains were discovered in 1991.
Dr Loy died in unclear circumstances in Australia two
weeks ago, it has been announced, making him the seventh person connected
with Oetzi to die.
Information on Mongolian traditions and culture, geography and much more.
Especially interesting since one of the books I'm reading is Genghis
Khan and the Making of the Modern World.
says white guys can't dance?
How retailers are marketing to fashion-conscious Muslim women.
"Interpreting Hot Trends for Veiled and Conservative Women,"
was perhaps the first high-fashion hijab event sponsored by corporate
America. The target: well-heeled Muslim women living in the suburbs of
Northern Virginia, where mansions and mosques are filled with rich Muslim
immigrants, an increasing number of whom shop at Tysons Corner in McLean,
An interactive journey through ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, and the Near
East; the ancient Americas; and sub-Saharan Africa of the 19th and 20th
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