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Wikipedia Zapping: Soul

July 17, 2013

The word is probably an adaptation by early missionaries—particularly Ulfilas, apostle to the Goths during the 3rd century—of a native Germanic concept, which was a translation of Greek ψυχή psychē “life, spirit, consciousness”.

According to some religions (including the Abrahamic religions in most of their forms), souls—or at least immortal souls capable of union with the divine[2]—belong only to human beings. (more…)

Wikipedia Zapping: Gràve Âccéñ’

March 25, 2013

The grave accent, although not standardly applied to any English words, is sometimes used in poetry and song lyrics to indicate that a vowel usually silent is to be pronounced, in order to fit the rhythm or meter. Most often, it is applied to a word ending with -ed. For instance, the word looked is usually pronounced (more…)

Wikipedia Zapping: Boarisch

February 22, 2013

Boarisch (Bairisch) is a Sproch im Sidostn vom deitschn Sprochraum. Zamma mitm Alemannischn, Sidfränkischn und Ostfränkischn buidns de obadeitschn Sprochn. Es Vabroadungsgebiet vom Boarischn is da oidboarische Tei vom Freistoot Bayern, es aissaste Sidvogdland in Saxn, Esterreich (estli vom Arlberg), Sidtirol und de zimbrisch-karnischn Sprochinsln in Obaitalien. Meara wia de Hejftn vo de Boarischn Muaddasprochla wohna aussahoib vom heitign Freistoot Bayern (Boarn).

For those of you who didn’t get that: (more…)

Wikipedia Zapping: Origins

December 24, 2012

“Recent studies report that Y-chromosomal Adam lived as early as around 142,000 years ago.[1]

We’re all related to this guy, every single person on earth, including this guy:

“The Maya never said anything about the end of the world or anything about a great change in the universe on that date,” David Stuart, a professor of Mesoamerican art and writing at the University of Texas at Austin, told The Huffington Post in December 2011. “The calendar not only continues after that date,” he said. “It goes 70 octillion years into the future.” (more…)

Wikipedia Zapping: The Euphrates

July 9, 2012

 

The Euphrates is the longest and one of the most historically important rivers of Western Asia. Together with the Tigris, it is one of the two defining rivers of Mesopotamia. Originating in eastern Turkey, the Euphrates flows through Syria and Iraq to join the Tigris in the Shatt al-Arab, which empties into the Persian Gulf. The Great Ziggurat temple of Ur on the mouth of the river Euphrates was built by King Ur-Nammu dedicated to the moon goddess Nanna/Sîn, in the 21st century BC during the Third Dynasty of Ur. The construction of the ziggurat was finished in the 21st century BC by King Shulgi, Ur-Nammu’s son, who is best known for his extensive revision of the scribal school’s curriculum. Although it is unclear how much he actually wrote, there are numerous praise poems written by and directed towards this ruler. He proclaimed himself a god in his 23rd regnal year. During his 48-year reign, the (more…)