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Born This Day, August 13: Hitchcock, Castro, Wankel, Annie & Fogelberg.

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Think – Today: Has The Makeup Of Our Atmosphere Changed Over Time?

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2000px-atmosphere3-svgYes, you hear about the greenhouse gases, lead (from when we used leaded gas/petrol) etc., in our atmosphere. But, have you given any thought to whether the makeup of our atmosphere has changed, significantly, over the years. It is something worth thinking about. The atmosphere is pretty vital to our life. Right?


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Yesterday’s ‘Think’: “Fidel Castro and the nine days of mourning” — nine consecutive days of mourning, novendiale (or novemdiales) in Italian, is a very old Catholic custom that used to be regularly practiced upon the death of nobles. Typically a Catholic Mass is held on each of the nine days. These days you typically only hear about novendiale upon the death of a pope. That this Catholic tradition is being used with Castro is intriguing. Though born a Catholic he has claimed that he was a non-believer. He, however, made a point of meeting popes. As far as we know there are no official Catholic church ceremonies associated with his funeral.


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Think – Today: Why Is There To Be 9-Days Of Official Mourning For Fidel Castro?

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Fidel Castro, who died on Friday, November 25, 2016, was to be cremated the next day, i.e., November 26. However, there is to be 9-days of official mourning for him. Why nine days?popebbb


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Yesterday’s ‘Think’: “The modern fork'” — the modern 4-pronged table fork is the baby-of-the-family when it comes to ‘European’ (or for that matter Asian (as in say Chinese)) table utensils. Knives and spoons were in wide use for centuries prior to the appearance of the table fork. Large two-pronged forks had been around for a long time — going back to the ancient Egyptians. But these large forks were used when cooking or for bailing hay. The three-pronged trident was associated with the Greek god of the sea, Poseidon. As such Europeans eschewed three-prong forks, associating them with mini-tridents. The modern fork probably gained currency in France somewhere in the late 18th century. Check this article for more details.


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