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To prevent confusion, I will highlight the definition of the verb ban from Google: officially or legally prohibit (something). The Lebanese American University's libraries (largest libraries in the Middle East with over 350,000 books) provide the book. Searching the catalog here with the phrase "The diary of Anne Frank" (or The Diary of a Young Girl) ...


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Yes. According to Deuteronomy, if a man rapes or otherwise have sex with a woman who is not married or engaged, he is forced to "set things right" by marrying the woman. Think of it as a shotgun wedding. If a man meets a virgin who is not engaged, and seizes her and lies with her, and they are caught in the act, 29 the man who lay with her shall give ...


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According to the US government publication 14th Annual report of the Bureau of Ethnology (1896): It is very doubtful if the "pale face" of romance ever existed in the Indian mind Instead, the publication gives the names various tribes used to refer to whites, and the nearest English translations. Terms translating as "yellow hides", "white skins", "...


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This quote (with minor changes in wording) is from American writer Elizabeth Yates: What is a good book? I suggest it is any book that enriches experience and helps us to live more understandingly, deeply, properly. Such a book has life because it gives life. It brings the reader forward to a new frontier with wider eyes, keener ears, a more responsive ...


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This is discussed in Wikipedia, discussing Isaiah 42:1: The first verse begins with: "Behold my Servant, whom I uphold; mine Elect...". The Hebrew word which was translated to "whom I uphold" is "אתמך"(Atmc). This word never appears anywhere in the entire Bible except here. Muslim authors, pointing to the similarity between the writing of "אתמך"(Atmc) and ...


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Likely close to that much, yes. We don't know the precise amounts of these trace precious metals in Psyche, merely that the main constituents are nickel and iron. Our understanding of the amounts of gold and platinum in asteroids derive largely from studying meteorites, which should be representative of asteroid compositions. Given those assumptions, Psyche ...


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According to the author, at least some details were changed. A key point being disputed in the book is when Michael, the member of the quartet who has been working in the Manhattan district attorney's office for only six months, gets the case assigned to him. The D.A.'s office has said in interviews that a neophyte prosecutor would never handle a ...


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NOTE: This answer has been heavily rewritten. As requested it now discusses the opinions of Bible scholars on the subject. The interpretation of the law in the infographic is not based on known historical facts. It is based on unfavorable and unproven assumptions about the culture to which it belonged, prejudices if you will. For this reason it is ...


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This has now gone unanswered for seven years. I've always been intrigued by the "authorized" part of the title, The enchanted voyager: the life of J.B. Rhine, an authorized biography. I obtained this book from the library and found the Doyle incident via the index. On the page describing the alleged incident, the only citation follows the sentence: ...


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Yes, some of them clearly were, for example whale fossils have been found in the Sahara at the Wadi al-Hitan. However, while some deserts were once oceans/seas, that doesn't mean all deserts were once oceans.


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I was tempted to close this question, because you already have an answer. On the one side, is a non-notable claim from your confused friend. On the other, Goodreads provides a specific reference to an author and book. Sure enough: on page 181 of A Mountain of Crumbs by Elena Gorokhova:


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We only have Stowe's family members' testimony. Scholars continue to describe the quote as "apocryphal", originating from the Stowe family but from neither Harriet Beecher Stowe herself nor Lincoln (although Stowe described Lincoln as funny, which would be consistent with such a joke). In the article Lincoln, Stowe, and the "Little Woman/Great ...


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Poincaré did say the one quote: We have just seen, through an example, the importance of words in mathematics, but I could cite many more cases. It is scarcely credible, as Mach said, how much a well-chosen word can economize thought. I do not know whether or not I have said somewhere that mathematics is the art of giving the same name to ...


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Macbeth dates back to around 1606. Tongue of Dog While the most common name for the plant seems to have been hounds tongue, there are a few instances of it going by another name: Dogs tongue. I found “Dogs toong” in the The Herball Or Generall Historie of Plantes (1597), page 337. Here’s another quote, from the ME translation of Guy de Chauliac's Grande ...


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Well, this is not a definitive answer, but until someone counters it (which I irrationally hope), I think it will be more than sufficient. All claims about Machiavelli advocating to fake your own death seem to link back to his work The Art of War (not to be confused with Sun Tzu's work with the same title). Luckily there is a more or less reliable copy of ...


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The claim is completely nonsensical, and while I did take a few minutes to watch the film, you can see why it’s nonsensical just by looking at the screenshot that you have provided in your question. Even if the Hebrew really says הן עבדי אחמד בו (and I will come in a moment to why that is not at all what it’s saying), it still could not possibly mean, “...


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There seem to be a lot of statistics that point to that correlation, e.g. see Read, or Go to Jail that refers to some relevant statistics: 85 percent of all juveniles who interface with the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate. More than 60 percent of all prison inmates are functionally illiterate. When the State of Arizona projects ...


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It's not true, simply because the numbers are off. We can count the words ourselves. Psalm 46, KJV (1611): 1 [To1 the2 chiefe3 Musician4 for5 the6 sonnes7 of8 Korah9, a10 song11 vpon12 Alamoth13.] God14 is15 our16 refuge17 and18 strength19: a20 very21 present22 helpe23 in24 trouble25. 2 Therfore26 will27 not28 we29 feare30, though31 the32 earth33 be34 ...


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Short answer: The translation of Virgin in the gospels is correct, the meaning in the original gospel text is indeed that Mary did not have sex before getting pregnant. There is a story of the word "Virgin" being mistranslated in the Bible (so what you heard might have been correct) but it happened at a earlier stage. Background: As you may know, there are ...


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According to the 1949 book It's an Old Cape Cod Custom : One shanty had a line suggestive of the old Cape Cod custom of bundling— “ I wish I was in bed with the captain's daughter . ” Here, the author says the meaning is literal, bundling, meaning sleeping in bed with the captain's daughter without having sex. Nothing about a whip is mentioned. This 1949 ...


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A very firm no. No Jewish scholar would accept that, no Christian scholar neither, and one can be confident that no serious Muslim scholar would accept that. Or agnostic or atheist for that matter. It is plainly absolutely absurd on every level. The Muslim tradition says that this passage means Mohammed as being the unnamed servant referred to in that ...


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The original citation by Poincaré is from Science et Méthode (translated in English as Science and Method), chapter II “L'avenir des Mathématiques”. Nous venons de voir, par un exemple, quelle est l’importance des mots en Mathématiques, mais j’en pourrais citer beaucoup d’autres. On ne saurait croire combien un mot bien choisi peut économiser de pensée, ...


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My answer is almost the same as Dave's but I find that the intended meaning is erotic. ... I recall ... an old halliard shanty whose chorus forthrightly announces: "I was in bed with the captain's daughter.” As Captain Robinson remarks: “The words of the shanties were by no means strictly censored on moral or any other grounds, and the officers cared ...


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The reason there seems to be little evidence is because nominees are intentionally kept secret for 50 years. From the Nobel Prize site (emphasis added): Are the nominations made public? The statutes of the Nobel Foundation restrict disclosure of information about the nominations, whether publicly or privately, for 50 years. The restriction concerns the ...


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Apparently not. Searches turn up no real references, just vague allusions to it unsourced. Some have suggested that it comes from the symbolism of the fox in The Prince, because foxes sometimes play dead. The lion cannot protect himself from traps, and the fox cannot defend himself from wolves. One must therefore be a fox to recognize traps, and a ...


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The translation of King James was a big project that took at least 47 scholars six years to complete. The translators and revisers were organised in 6 teams, overseen by the Bishop of Canterbury (Source: Encyclopdia Brittanica). The idea that some translator could just decide to take a psalm and put an Easter egg into it without anybody noticing is rather ...


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