A World of Curiosities: Surprising, Interesting, and by John Oldale

By John Oldale

From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe: every little thing you by no means knew you by no means knew approximately each nation on Earth.A scientist by means of education and an explorer by way of ardour, Dr. John Oldale has logged part one million miles vacationing greater than 90 countries. Now, he celebrates our strange international in a cornucopia of interesting proof introduced vividly to lifestyles in the course of the unforeseen tales in the back of them. referring to heritage, go back and forth, politics, usual background and extra, he paints a different portrait of every state from the mightiest to the main miniscule. You won't locate the subsequent on your regular shuttle guide:[b]

• Why is kissing on trains banned in France?
• In what kingdom are litigants anticipated to offer their case at court docket within the type of a poem?
• Which conflict did girls win in 1929 simply by sitting down?
• If Panama hats aren’t from Panama, the place are they from?
• Who consume clean camel dung as a healing for dysentery (and why does it work)?
• Why have been US disk jockeys as soon as advised they can play birthday requests on any day other than the only requested?
• Which sleek dictator banned outdated age, libraries and gold enamel, and was once later changed via his dentist?
•  And 2,000 extra humorous, trivial, poignant, and telling evidence

  A needs to for energetic and armchair globe-trotters alike, A international of Curiosities will engross an individual who's in any respect fascinated by the area past their door. discover and revel in.

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Not only do many shows depict graphic acts of violence, but many programs and films suggest that violence is a desirable, preferable way to deal with Lady Lilith — Ba'al Lilith is considered to be the most fair and yet cruelest and ruthless lady among the Ba'al; both "qualities" are equally admired by her peers. This ancient creature is still not tired of life or playing her twisted games with humans and Nightlords alike. Raised in a civilization where women could be traded like cattle, Lilith learned to use her intelligence and beauty to manipulate those who could harm or use her.

Under Zeiss' guidance, Macrotech's programs have extended the Nightlords' control over the information superhighway. Among other things, hidden program components make it easier for the authorities to track down computer users who rely on those programs. In addition to controlling Macrotech, the Zeiss avatar also rules the city of Seattle. The avatar looks like a still-attractive woman in her mid-forties. Luisa Vargas: This widely hated Minister of the Interior for the Republic of Mexico is another avatar of Lilith.

The last thing that Lilith saw was Nightrose screaming in terror for the first time in her existence. Lilith does not know who or what destroyed her avatar, her domain, and the visiting demon lord, not to mention hundreds of minions and slaves, along with it. She suspects it might have been another, more powerful demon lord, or perhaps even The Dark itself; the incomprehensible force that gives the Nightlords their power. However, if the second possibility is the case, Lilith should, by rights, have been destroyed by the same force.

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