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Sword of Demosthenes Demonsthenes USA
 
Franklin lived in Philadelphia Ben Franklin USA
 
Castro got Kennedy Lee Harvey Oswald USA
 
When was this website made? Ben Franklin USA
 
I have a book written by Winston Churchill Churchill USA
 
When did Gillette invent shaving cream? Gillette USA
 
Question if Churchill went senile Churchill USA
 
Did Aristotle teach Alexander the Great? Aristotle USA
 
Doing a research on Thomas Edison Edison Singapore
 
Award Edison received Edison Australia
 
Questions on biographies Ben Franklin USA
 
Was Nobel the inventor of death? Nobel Turkey
 
How many people have been awarded Nobel Prize? Nobel Philippines
 
Device used to store static electricty Ben Franklin USA
 
Is this stuff all true? Archimedes Australia
 

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Demonsthenes

Sword of Demosthenes

July 16, 2011

Question

I've heard the expression about the Sword of Demosthenes having heavy over your head like an ever-present threat. But I can't find any reference to this "threat" in material I've checked about Demosthenes. Can you explain or elucidate on this? Thank you for your assistance.

- USA (21813)

Answer

Demosthenes waa the son of a famous sword maker. He had a speech defect but wanted to be a great orator. He did such things as practiced speaking with stones in his mouth and shouting into the wind. One thing he did to overcome his fears was to practice with a sharp sword hanging over his head.

Thus, the expression could mean that if you have a fearful situation, it might be similar to having a heavy sword over your head that would fall if you made a mistake or failed.

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Ben Franklin

Franklin lived in Philadelphia

February 28, 2011

Question

During his forties, Franklin lived in Philadelphia, not in Boston as stated here.

- USA (21267)

Answer

In November 1746, Franklin went to Boston and stayed there several months. While in Boston, he started his experimenting on electricity.

I will update the page to clarify the material.

Thanks for the feedback.

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Lee Harvey Oswald

Castro got Kennedy

February 6, 2011

Question

it is very simple, castro got kennedy before kennedy got him!!!!!!

mr mojo - USA (21156)

Answer

There had been suspicions that Oswald had been influenced by Cuban agents. However, it was never proven.

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Ben Franklin

When was this website made?

December 2, 2010

Question

when was this website made???

Claudia - USA (20788)

Answer

The website started in 2000. Each article or lesson has the date that it was written or revised. The Ben Franklin biography was written in December 2005.

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Churchill

I have a book written by Winston Churchill

October 31, 2010

Question

I have a book written by Winston Churchill titled "Richard Carvel". Is this one of his books or is it another author? The copyright date is 1899. Also would it be of any value? Thank you.

Kay - USA (20608)

Answer

Winston Churchill, the novelist, was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He was not related to the former Prime Minister of England.

The book is still available on Amazon.com. If your copy is an original from 1899, it may be valuable to book collectors.

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Gillette

When did Gillette invent shaving cream?

September 28, 2010

Question

when gillette started shaving cream?

rahul - USA (20450)

Answer

Shaving cream was used with straight razors many years before Gillette invented the safety razor. No one is sure who started the idea.

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Churchill

Question if Churchill went senile

May 12, 2010

Question

Good article about Churchill's later years. But I question the use of the expression "he went senile". The word 'senile' means no more than 'old', but the implocation is that he suffered from dementia. It is not for us retrospectively to diagnose the late Winston Churchill's mental state, but it seems to me more likely that his depression returned as he became less able to enjoy life. In either case, I think it's speculation.

David - USA (19707)

Answer

Thanks for the feedback. I've added the note to the article, along with references:

"There have been claims that Churchill had Alzheimer's Disease. However, the Churchill Museum disputes that claim and says that he had mild dementia, as a result of the hardening of his arteries and his strokes."

I appreciate that you brought the item to my attention.

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Aristotle

Did Aristotle teach Alexander the Great?

April 30, 2010

Question

I really enjoyed this detailed biography, but I had one question. It stated that some believe that it was fiction that Aristotle taught Alexander as a child. Who says that it is fiction? I have always believed it as fact, it makes sense to me that a great teacher makes a great ruler. Do you believe it was fact or fiction?

Carl - USA (19645)

Answer

Thanks for the feedback.

I added two references where historians do not believe Aristotle taught Alexander the Great to the biography. The books are: "Aristotle: Fundamentals of the History of His Development" by Werner Jaeger and "Aristotle and his School" by Felix Grayeff.

Their views are in the minority, but their research may prove them correct.

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Edison

Doing a research on Thomas Edison

March 31, 2010

Question

Hi,
I am doing a research on Thomas Edison and I would like to know more about the day he succeeded in remaking the light bulb. When did he succeed? How did he succeed? What did he feel?
Also, I would like to know about the description of the place where Thomas Edison stayed in.

Thank you in advance!

HuayYi - Singapore (19471)

Answer

Edison patented the light bulb in 1879. He was in his laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey, USA. He kept notes on his work in his Menlo Park Notebooks.

I don't think there was anything written about how he felt.

See: http://edison.rutgers.edu/sernote2.htm for information about his work and records of his papers.

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Edison

Award Edison received

March 10, 2010

Question

umm i nedda know more awards or prizes thomas edison was given
soon plese thanx
xox

- Australia (19350)

Answer

Some major awards Edison received are:

Chevalier of the Legion of Honor of France (1878)
Commander of the Legion of Honor of France (1889)
The Albert Medal of the Society of Arts of Great Britain (1892)
American Academy of Arts & Sciences - Rumford Prize (1895)
The Adelshald Medal of the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences (1909)
The Congressional Gold Medal (May 29, 1928)

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Ben Franklin

Questions on biographies

January 9, 2010

Question

I want to know a kind of biography's question.and what kind of question can you ask if I'm looking for a job in summer?I'm asking you these question because I have French's project and is due on monday.please help me with these question.

gislene - USA (19009)

Answer

You really need to be clear and specific when asking questions. Do you want to know about Ben Franklin's biography or some question on biographies in general?

If you are looking for a summer job, you need to know where to look. You can ask people if they know of any jobs available. Usually, the employer asks you questions.

What does this all have to do with a French project? You have to focus on one thing at a time.

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Nobel

Was Nobel the inventor of death?

January 4, 2010

Question

hi. i'm a college student in Marmara University,Turkey in the department of English translating and interpreting. i was given a homework which is writing an essay on a famous people whose life stories are strange. i knew Nobel has one since 4 years ago we were using the book "what a life!" by longman. as much as I remember, there is something awkward about Nobel. After his brother died, there was written "the inventor of death died" as they thought Alfred Nobel died and that changes his point of view, he regrets what he has done and wants to be remembered with the term "peace".

is this wrong???

bugra - Turkey (18971)

Answer

As with many great people, there are some who will voice unfair criticisms. Alfred Nobel invented dynamite, which has been used in numerous peaceful endeavors, such as the construction of highways and dams. It proved much safer than using nitroglycerin for those projects.

However, because some people used dynamite in warfare, Nobel was given the blame for it. Note that gunpowder have been used for the same purposes for many years previous to Nobel. Thus, I am not sure why he should be blamed for the destruction that other people had caused.

Nobel felt that dynamite would be used to much more for constructive and peaceful things then for destructive. Unfortunately, he had to live with the unfair criticism coming from a nameless writer.

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Nobel

How many people have been awarded Nobel Prize?

January 3, 2010

Question

after nobel prize was established how many persons already granted a nobel prize?

joe - Philippines (18960)

Answer

Since 1901, including 2009, there have been 822 Nobel Laureates

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Ben Franklin

Device used to store static electricty

December 18, 2009

Question

what was the device that ben had that was a glass globe with foil in it and it would build up electrical charges and then would release it

- USA (18883)

Answer

Benjamin Franklin experimented with a Leyden Jar, which is used to store static electricity. See: http://www.school-for-champions.com/biographies/franklin2.htm

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Archimedes

Is this stuff all true?

November 17, 2009

Question

heyy is all of this stuff true??

ashleigh - Australia (18684)

Answer

Archimedes came up with some amazing ideas, especially considering he lived such a long time ago. As far as the records show, events in his biography are true.

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