The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha (Spanish: El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha) is a renowned Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616), set during the Golden Age of Spain. The story of a deluded country gentleman who comes to believe he is a romantic knight, it is a multi-layered satire on the popular fiction of the time.
The book is in two parts, published a decade apart. It is one of the most influential pieces of literature in Spanish culture and tradition.
Zang Xiang is an incense, originating in Tibet. It is made from hundreds of woods, such as rosewood and willow, as well as many indigenous flowers, and flakes of gold, silver and other valuable metals.
It is famous for its unique effect on memory.
He was best known for his anti-revisionist Marxism-Leninism ideology. He also was an admirer of Joseph Stalin. Hoxha and Mao formed a relationship based on the purity of their interpretation of Marxism. China and Albania formed important trade links, and Albania played a central role in lobbying for the People's Republic of China to take over the UN seat occupied by the Republic of China (Taiwan) in 1971.
Hoxha broke away from Maoism in 1976-1978, developing Hoxhaism.
Mao was not the first leader to resort to book burning. The first recorded book burning took place in 367 AD. Another period of intense book burning occurred during the Nazi regime. Leuven University Library in Belgium lost 900,000 books at this time.
Myopia is partly hereditary.
Also known as the "Lion" or "Pelchie" dog, the Pekinese is an ancient "toy breed" of dog indigenous to China. Pekinese dogs are characterized by their flat face and large eyes, and generally small stature. In Imperial China, Pekinese dogs held a privileged position in the Emperor's Court and were considered a status symbol in society. Chinese culture at the time featured many legends involving the supposed mystical powers of the breed.
French Revolution. Napoleon is considered one of the greatest military minds of all time; he established hegemony over much of Europe and sought to spread the ideals of the French Revolution.
Napoleon was captured by the British following the Battle of Waterloo. He died after being imprisoned on the island of Saint Helena for six years.
Nemours is a commune mainly populated by artists and intellectuals that stands in the north-central region of France.
Somnambulism is a condition that causes people to be active while sleeping. Somnambulists may walk, eat, drink, clean, talk, or even drive while asleep. These activities occur most commonly while the somnambulist is dreaming, during the stage of deep sleep. Those affected do not tend to remember their actions.
Sleepwalking has been known to lead to extreme events including homicide. There are reports of an Australian woman who would sleepwalk and have sex with people unconsciously.
Commonly known as the maidenhair tree, the ginkgo is unusual in having no close relations. Ginkgos are large trees, reaching over 100ft, with long, erratic branches. The leaves are unique among seed plants: they are fan-shaped, with veins extending to the end but never interlocking.
The tree is famous for being tough and tenacious. Ginkgo trees were among the few living things still alive after the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.
Ursule is the niece of Doctor Minoret and the daughter of his deceased brother-in-law. Ursule is raised by Dr. Minoret as his own daughter, and he plans to leave her much of his fortune when he dies. His other heirs do not take kindly to this decision, however, leading to much conspiracy and a great deal of analysis of French inheritance law.
Lice are parasitic, wingless insects. 3,000 different species have been identified to date. Three of them are classified as human disease agents: head lice, body lice, and pubic lice. These can be killed and treated through use of combs, shampoo, and medical preparations.
The “Mao suit” was designed by Sun Zhongshan in the early 20th century and was modeled on German military dress.
Following the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949, the suit became widely worn by government leaders as a symbol of proletarian unity and as the Eastern counterpart to the Western business suit. It was also introduced in other communist countries in Asia.
It has largely fallen out of use now.
There are over forty dialects of the Chinese language. Words are pronounced quite differently, and are subject to different grammar structures. Thus, knowing one dialect of Chinese does not guarantee understanding of another.
The official dialect is Mandarin, or Putonghua, chosen for its more pleasant intonation. Other popular dialects include, Cantonese (Hong Kong) Taiwanese (Taiwan) and Shanghainese (Shanghai).
Chopsticks are widely used in China, Taiwan, Japan, and the Koreas. They originated in Imperial China as an alternative to knives and other more dangerous utensils. Today, the Chopstick industry is one of the most lucrative in the world, with products made not only from wood, but also metal, plastic and ceramics.
This represents 'Jade Dumplings'.
Although the 'dumplings' used by the old man were not real dumplings, or even edible for that matter, the dish is a popular one. The recipe consists of soy sauce, sesame oil, green onion, and rice vinegar for the sauce; and ginger, garlic, asparagus, whole water chestnuts, sesame oil, green onion, soy sauce, and salt for the dumplings.
Grindstones, commonly called millstones, are ingenious devices once used in almost all parts of Europe and Asia for grinding grain into flour. Typically circular, they were often made from burrstone, limestone, or sandstone.