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How did Aristotle die? Aristotle Canada
 
Year that Franklin invented the bifocal glasses Ben Franklin USA
 
Archimedes most noted contributions to science Archimedes USA
 
Mark Twain invented the suspenders Mark Twain USA
 
Why did Clemens use a pseudonym? Mark Twain USA
 
Looking for other resources Gillette USA
 
What was Franklin's middle name? Ben Franklin USA
 
why did Franklin love to write and invent? Ben Franklin USA
 
Information on Edison vs. Westinghouse Westinghouse Australia
 
Also a Hosier Churchill netherlands
 
Why was Churchill defeated after WWII? Churchill Uruguay
 
Wants to use image in CD ROM General USA
 
Ancient Greece weapons Archimedes New Zealand
 
Permission to re-publish article Gillette USA
 
Did Ben Franklin patent any of his inventions? Ben Franklin USA
 

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Aristotle

How did Aristotle die?

January 30, 2006

Question

How did Aristotle actually die Of old age? no because he was only about 62 but anyways how could someone with so much insight not be a owner of a bigger school everyone pretty much new how smart he was and that he should be a leader. Also what happened with Aristotles son Also i think that Aristotle made such a difference in our world today because he gave us the knowledge and wants us to feel the same way about life and Philosophy!
Brittany

Brittany - Canada (9870)

Answer

In those days most people didn't live to 62. Also, since he died shortly after he was forced out of Athens, he may have died other than naturally. There isn't much information on how he actually died.

Even if he was so smart, people with opposing political views felt he was dangerous, especially since he was close to the king. Note that a smart person is not necessarily one who becomes a leader. Political connections are more important. In the time of kings, it depends on who your parents were.

Apparently, Aristotle's son didn't have the talent he had, since little is known about him or what he did.

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Ben Franklin

Year that Franklin invented the bifocal glasses

January 22, 2006

Question

I am doing a report on Benjamin Franklin and I was wondering what year he created the Bifocals so if you could get back with me by tomarow that would be great because it is due Monday! Thank you so much! and Please Hurry!!!!!!!!!

Bailey - USA (9745)

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1784

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Archimedes

Archimedes most noted contributions to science

December 27, 2005

Question

Hi! I was wondering if you guys had any material on Archimedes most noted contributions to science! Please e-mail me back! thanks!


-stephanie

stephanie - USA (9479)

Answer

http://www.school-for-champions.com/biographies/archimedes2.htm gives his scientific inventions.

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Mark Twain

Mark Twain invented the suspenders

December 23, 2005

Question

Last night at a trivia game, one of the questions dealt with the invention of suspenders. The answer credited Mark Twain for the invention...What do you know of this???

- USA (9459)

Answer

On December 19, 1981, Mark Twain received a patent for the invention of suspenders.

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Mark Twain

Why did Clemens use a pseudonym?

December 6, 2005

Question

why did he use a en name

patricia - USA (9272)

Answer

Many writers and actors use a different name in their work. Some do it because they want a more memorable name, while others do it to keep their personal life private.

Samuel Clemens used Mark Twain in his works as something that he thought was clever. It relates to an expression used by river-men. But I think he was sorry in later years, because he would have rather be known by his real name.

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Gillette

Looking for other resources

November 29, 2005

Question

Hi,

I am doing research on the gillette company for a art school advertising assignment. I am searching for that one amazing fact or piece of information on the gillette comapany to help me with my assignment. If you have any other links or information I can look at it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

Mary

- USA (9151)

Answer

Sorry, we only have those resources listed on the page.

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Ben Franklin

What was Franklin's middle name?

November 22, 2005

Question

what was bejamin frankli'n middle name?

sarah - USA (9068)

Answer

Sorry, I don't know his middle name or if he even had one.

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Ben Franklin

why did Franklin love to write and invent?

November 11, 2005

Question

why did benjamin franklinlove to write and invent things? did he love being a scientist?was he a great person in reality?

christina - USA (8905)

Answer

Franklin was a very curious person who was enthusiastic about everything. He was first a writer, but when he saw something interesting, he would study it and take notes. From his observations, he had a number of inventions and was even considered a great scientist. Then he got involved in helping the country as a diplomat. He certainly was an amazing fellow.

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Westinghouse

Information on Edison vs. Westinghouse

November 7, 2005

Question

hello, i am a high school student from northern new south wales, australia and i have a physics assignment on the competition between edison and westinghouse to supply electricity, i was wondering if you or your organisation would be able to send me any information reguarding this topic.
thank you for any assistance.

todd - Australia (8845)

Answer

Read our biographies on Edison and Tesla for some more information on the competition. Also, the references on Tesla should have more about the competition.

Edison started Edison General Electric Co. to provide DC electricity to the U.S. and Europe. But Tesla invented techniques for supplying AC electricity that would be superior to DC. Westinghouse provided funding for Tesla's ideas. In the end, AC won over DC and Edison got out of the electricity business.

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Churchill

Also a Hosier

October 29, 2005

Question

i am also a hosier i was bought up in london with my parents and can recollect there parents too, my grandfather is hosier although he has now passed over, if i can help i shall as all i know is the side of hte family orriginated from red american indians, hope this helps await email

sharon - netherlands (8739)

Answer

If you have some information on the Hosier family, I would be glad to include it with the Churchill biography.

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Churchill

Why was Churchill defeated after WWII?

September 28, 2005

Question

Hello my name is marcelo diaz, and i am doing the IB, in history i chose to my internal essay about why was it that churchill lost the elections after WWII if he resulted to be a great war leader.
hope you can answer my question with enough information, or at least recomend my sites or books were to check.
thanks

Marcelo - Uruguay (8330)

Answer

Although Churchill did a good job in leading the country through the war, many of his ideas for peacetime were against what the people wanted. For example, he was against public health care and better education for the majority of the population. Also, Churchill had made many political enemies during his career, so he had strong opposition to his continuing in office. He was soundly defeated in the election in 1945 to Clement Attlee and the Labour Party.

But he was later re-elected to be Prime Minister in 1951.

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General

Wants to use image in CD ROM

August 31, 2005

Question

I am writing on behalf of Thomson Delmar Learning, a publisher of educational textbooks located in Clifton Park, NY. We are working on a cd rom project entitled: VisTE which stands for Visualization in Technical Education by Miriam Ferzli, PhD, North Carolina University.

She would like to include an image from your website in the project as Fig. 5-2 and the following website will appear with the image. Specifically, it is: http://www.school-for-champions.com/ .../images/archimedes1.gif
which is a "screw pump schematic"

I would be happy to forward a written request to the appropriate person if you could kindly supply me with contact information.

Thank You.

Sharon - USA (7955)

Answer

You may use the image in your CD ROM project. We would appreciate having a reference of our site in your resources.

Best wishes in your project.

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Archimedes

Ancient Greece weapons

August 19, 2005

Question

what weapons did the soldiers use in ancient greece?

hasna - New Zealand (7829)

Answer

See: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/shefton-museum/greeks/armour.html

Also: http://www.mlahanas.de/Greeks/Inventions.htm has a number of interesting weapons included among other inventions.

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Gillette

Permission to re-publish article

August 13, 2005

Question

Hi,

I found your article on King C. Gillette very interesting and think that my customers would enjoy reading about the founder of the products they use every day. I was wondering if I can re-publish your article on my site, providing I site you as the source and provide a link to your web site. Can you tell me if this is acceptable? I don't want to violate your copyright, and am not really sure what the rules are in this area.

Thank you,
Marc Rothstein
President
Razors Direct LLC
www.razorsdirect.com

Marc - USA (7779)

Answer

Yes, you can re-publish the article on your site, provided you include our site as the source and provide a link.

Best wishes with your business.

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Ben Franklin

Did Ben Franklin patent any of his inventions?

July 20, 2005

Question


Did Ben Franklin patent any of his inventions? What did he have to say about patents and the patent office?

Barb - USA (7585)

Answer

The year that Franklin died in 1790, Thomas Jefferson established the U.S. Patent Office. Thus, he was unable to patent his inventions.

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