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  • The Story of Folk Music
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    The Story of Folk Music

    2 months ago

    Folk music has influenced all other musical forms, especially classical. Haydn, Tchaikovsky and Bartok were all interested and influenced by folk music.

  • Health Spa
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    Health Spa

    2 months ago

    A spa, often situated at a natural spring, utilizes mineral waters for healing alongside medical treatments, serving as a health sanctuary.

  • How Do You Play Squash?
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    How Do You Play Squash?

    2 months ago

    Squash is the name of two indoor racquet sports, squash racquets and squash tennis. Usually the term "squash" refers to squash racquets. Squash racquets is played in a rectangular court by two or four players using a racquet similar in appearance...

  • How Do You Play Badminton?
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    How Do You Play Badminton?

    2 months ago

    One of the delights of playing badminton is the immense variety of shots possible from a particular position. A player may have a choice of playing a smash, a drop shot to either side of the court, or a 'clear' anywhere to the back of the court-and...

  • Handball
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    Handball

    2 months ago

    Two or four opposing players engage in a dynamic game of handball, utilizing quick reflexes and strategic maneuvers to score points against each other.

  • Wood Carving
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    Wood Carving

    3 months ago

    Woodcarving is the process and product of shaping wood into decorative and sculptural forms. The latter is also called wood sculpture. Many qualities of the dried trunks of trees have recommended them for various uses since the early beginnings of...

  • How Do Greenhouses Work?
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    How Do Greenhouses Work?

    2 months ago

    A greenhouse is a building with a glass or plastic roof and sides enclosing a space in which temperature and humidity can be controlled for cultivating tender or out-of-season plants. Greenhouses vary in size, from the small family lean-to to the large commercial house. Their ability to control the...

  • What are Antibodies?
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    What are Antibodies?

    8 weeks ago

    Antibody, or immunoglobulin, is a globular protein of the blood that reacts specifically with foreign substances or organisms that enter an animal, rendering it immune to them. Preformed antibodies can be injected for immediate protection, for example, injection of tetanus antitoxin.

  • History of Lace
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    History of Lace

    2 months ago

    Lace is a patterned openwork fabric made of fine thread. It can be made by hand or by machine. Handmade lace is sometimes regarded as a minor art form because its creation often involves imagination and originality as well as technical skill.

  • Ice Cream
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    Ice Cream

    2 months ago

    Ice Cream is a frozen dairy food made of milk products, sugars, corn syrup, water, flavorings, and sometimes egg or egg products, stabilizers, and emulsifiers. Air, which is incorporated into the ice cream during the freezing process, is also an...

  • Carpentry
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    Carpentry

    3 months ago

    Carpentry is the art of cutting, framing, and joining timber, chiefly in the construction of buildings and their interior woodwork.

  • Drawing Techniques
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    Drawing Techniques

    2 months ago

    Drawing is the use of pencil, pen, charcoal, crayon, or a similar material to produce a picture or visual pattern. It is closely related to such graphic arts as calligraphy and engraving, which emphasize line and shape, rather than color. A drawing...

  • Elevator
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    Elevator

    2 months ago

    An elevator is a device consisting of a car or platform used for raising and lowering passengers or freight. It is also called a lift.

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    Brick Laying: Guide to Brick Types and Bonds (With Pictures)

    3 months ago

    Here's what experts will tell you about laying bricks. This article covers brick types, laying patterns (bonds), sizes, and more.

  • The Development of Curtains and Drapery
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    The Development of Curtains and Drapery

    2 months ago

    Drapery and curtains are pieces of material arranged to hang in soft or tailored folds, used as interior furnishings. Although curtains are commonly called draperies, the two words are not synonomous. Drapery is a relatively stationary arrangement...

  • How Does a Sextant Work?
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    How Does a Sextant Work?

    2 months ago

    A Sextant is a navigational instrument to establish latitude by determining the angle between the horizon and the Sun or a star.

  • The History of Flatware
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    The History of Flatware

    2 months ago

    Flatware consists of the implements used in Western (and Western-influenced) countries for the eating and serving of food. They include knives, forks, spoons, and specialized utensils such as ladles and fish servers. In many non-Western countries...

  • History of the Humble Glove
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    History of the Humble Glove

    2 months ago

    A glove is a covering for the hand, tailored to fit each finger separately. A hand covering that leaves the fingers bare or encloses them in a single compartment is called a mitten or mitt. The finest leather gloves are of kid. Other leathers are...

  • How Does Bleaching Work?
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    How Does Bleaching Work?

    2 months ago

    Bleaching is any of several processes that whiten objects by removing their natural color. The most important industrial uses of bleaching are in the treatment of textiles and in the processing of wood pulp for papermaking. Other uses range from the bleaching of furs and flour to home laundry and...

  • Outboard Motor
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    Outboard Motor

    3 months ago

    An outboard motor is a removable, externally mounted propulsion system for small boats. Larger boats are usually equipped with an inboard motor, which is a permanent and integral part of the boat.

  • Gregorian Chant
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    Gregorian Chant

    2 months ago

    The Gregorian Chant is the liturgical music of the Roman rite of the Catholic Church, composed in the early Middle Ages. Although some manuscripts from the 9th century open with a poem attributing the music to Pope Gregory (presumably Pope Gregory...

  • How Does Detergent Work?
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    How Does Detergent Work?

    2 months ago

    A detergent is any substance used for cleansing. Detergents have molecules that possess a long hydrocarbon chain attached to an ionized group. The hydrocarbon chain attaches to grease and other nonpolar substances; the ionized group has an affinity for water. Substances of this type lower surface...

  • Archery Terminology
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    Archery Terminology

    2 months ago

    Archery was the prime military weapon used before the advent of gunpowder and was revived as a sport in England in 1676 by Charles II.

  • Secret Societies
    1

    Secret Societies

    2 months ago

    Secret Societies are associations whose existence, membership, purpose, or ritual is not revealed to nonmembers. The degree of secrecy varies widely, from organizations in which all except ritual is public, to clandestine groups whose very existence...

  • How is Croquet Played?
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    How is Croquet Played?

    2 months ago

    Croquet, lawn game, popular in Great Britain and the United States, in which wooden balls are hit with wooden mallets through a series of 9 or 10 wire arches. The first player to complete the series and hit the posts placed at each end of the field wins.

  • Playing Cards
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    Playing Cards

    2 months ago

    Playing cards are small layered-paper devices, generally rectangular, bearing suit marks and numerals on the face side and colorful designs on the back. Used in the playing of numerous games, a standard deck comes in a 52-card pack.

  • Clowns and Clowning
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    Clowns and Clowning

    2 months ago

    A clown is a comic entertainer who generally depends on elements of visual humor to evoke laughter. An important part of the clown's act is his colorful, often exaggerated, costume and his frequently grotesque makeup. Clowns are usually featured in circuses, where they are great favorites,...

  • Chandelier Lighting
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    Chandelier Lighting

    2 months ago

    A Chandelier is any lighting fixture suspended from a ceiling or other high place. The principal use of the chandelier is to provide light, which may be done by candles, oil lamps of either a simple or a complex type, gas, or electricity. But many chandeliers are designed and decorated so that they...

  • Antique Chairs
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    Antique Chairs

    3 months ago

    A chair is a movable seat with a back, and with or without arms, intended to hold one person. Although it is one of the oldest furniture forms, the chair has only come into common use within the last 300 years.

  • Common Home Roofs
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    Common Home Roofs

    2 months ago

    A roof is the covering and supporting framework on the top of a building. The basic function of a roof is to provide shelter from the rain, snow, hot sun, or wind. A roof is one of the first needs of man in all parts of the world. The first...

  • Houseboating
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    Houseboating

    3 months ago

    A houseboat is a craft designed primarily as a dwelling. On calm waters in warm parts of the world, large communities of people have inhabited houseboats for centuries.

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    A Tour of the White House's Most Famous Rooms

    3 months ago

    Here's a brief history of the White House and a description of its most famous rooms.

  • 3

    Kinds of Nails and Their Uses

    3 months ago

    Nails, used since ancient times, are still the fasteners most commonly used for joining wood, especially in building wood-frame houses. More than 60,000 nails may be used in a five-room house.

  • Tartan’s Role in Scottish Heritage
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    Tartan’s Role in Scottish Heritage

    2 months ago

    Tartan is the name for a woolen cloth woven in a pattern of crossbars. It is a sturdy woolen or worsted cloth in which three or more colors are woven into a plaid design. The design is made by alternating stripes, some narrow and others wider, of...

  • The Evolution of the Bicycle
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    The Evolution of the Bicycle

    2 months ago

    The bicycle is a vehicle which travels on two wheels, set one before the other in the same line. Although the term bicycle was not used before 1868, the idea of a two-wheeled, self-propelled vehicle is much older. A stained glass window in Stoke Poges Church in England dated 1642, depicts a rider...

  • When Was the Safety Pin Invented?
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    When Was the Safety Pin Invented?

    3 months ago

    Though it's unknown exactly where it was invented - perhaps in Mycenaean Greece, or in Italy or Sicily, or even in Denmark - the safety-pin developed from the ordinary straight pin, beyond which in turn there is an obvious natural prototype in...

  • Leaping into the World of Fleas: Uncovering the Tiny Titans of the Insect Realm
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    Leaping into the World of Fleas: Uncovering the Tiny Titans of the Insect Realm

    2 months ago

    The flea can found on nearly everywhere that dogs are found. Fleas usually feed every day but can exist without food for several months if necessary. The flea's fantastic agility is well-known; if Man had equal ability one leap would cover five city blocks.

  • Types of Kilts
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    Types of Kilts

    2 months ago

    The Kilt is a pleated skirt which is part of the traditional costume of men from the Highlands of Scotland. It is also a traditional garment in Ireland. It is a knee-length, skirt-like garment pleated from the waist at the back, but with a plain...

  • Who Invented the Lawnmower?
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    Who Invented the Lawnmower?

    2 months ago

    The lawnmower was invented by Edwin Budding of Gloucestershire in 1830. The first commercially successful petrol-driven mower was marketed by Ransomes, Sims and Jeffries in 1902. Motor mowers have largely superseded hand mowers because of the time and physical energy they save.

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