WHY IS ROYALTY REFERRED TO AS “BLUE-BLOODED”

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Yeah, why?

In the eighth century, Islamic warriors called Moors invaded and occupied Spain where they ruled for five centuries.

This didn’t sit too well with the aristocrats of Castile, who began referring to themselves as sangre azul (“blue bloods”) to differentiate themselves from the Moors. The Castilians’ blood was no different in color than the Moors, but their skin complexion was lighter than their conquerors.

The Castilian pride in their “blue blood” was a thinly veiled proclamation of pride in their light complexions, and a subtle way of indicating they were not “contaminated by Moorish, Jewish or other foreign admixture”. For the paler the complexion of the skin the more blue the veins appeared.

FACTS ABOUT GODZILLA

1. Did you know that the original name for Godzilla was Gojira, which was mentioned in the remake starring Matthew Broderick?

2. To adapt the movie Godzilla for American audiences, they added Raymond Burr, cast him as a hospitalized reporter who remembers the whole incident as a flashback.

3. The first Japanese sequel to Gojira was made in 1955. But when it premiered in the America in 1959, it was called Gigantis because it was illegal to use the name Godzilla.

4. In 1969 Godzilla reappeared with Minya. Minya, it turned out, was Godzilla’s son.

5. In Godzilla’s Revenge, the reptile returns to show a little kid how to fight bullies. Apparently, the boy falls asleep and dreams he travels to Monster Island, where Godzilla an his son teach him how to defend himself. So, where was this kid’s parents?

6. When Godzilla celebrated his 20th anniversary in 1974, he fought a Godzilla from outer space. Originally called Godzilla v. the Bionic Monster, the owners of the Bionic Man sued the makers of the film and the name was changed to Godzilla v. the Cosmic Monster. Anyone rush out to see that one?

MYTHS AND FACTS

  • MYTH: Julius Caesar was a Roman emperor.
  • FACT: In Caesar’s time, Rome was a republic and had no emperor. The Roman Empire didn’t exist until 17 years after Caesar died.
  • MYTH: Diamonds are the most valuable gem.
  • FACT: Rubies are far more valuable that diamonds.
  • MYTH: Ticks are insects.
  • FACT: Insects have six legs and three body parts. Ticks, on the other hand, have eight legs and two body parts, which classifies it as an arachnid, not an insect.
  • MYTH: Chamelons change color to blend with its background.
  • FACT: Cameleons really can change color instantaneeously but it’s a reaction to fear and to extreme temperature and light changes. It has nothing to do with matching the color of its background.
  • MYTH: Columbus was born in Genoa, Italy.
  • FACT: The only documented proof is a will written in 1498 supposedly written by Christopher Columbus that said “I, being born in Genoa…”
  • MYTH: The men who attended the Constitutional Convention in 1787 were sober, well-behaved group, punctual, the work to the end kind of individuals.
  • FACT: Not true. According to historical documents 19 of the 74 chosen to attend never even showed up.  Of the 55 who did show up, only 39 signed the document. Twelve left early, and four didn’t sign it.
  • MYTH: Lincoln’s Emmancipation Proclamation freed slaves.
  • FACT: The Emmancipation Proclamation of 1862 didn’t free slaves — it was an exertion of federal authority over the Southern states. Also, the Proclamation allowed Union-loyal slave states, such as Kentucky, Missouri, W. Virginia, Maryland and Delaware, to keep their slaves. Slavery wasn’t eliminated until the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution in December 1865.

WORDS OF WISDOM FROM BUDDHA

  • “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”
  • “Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else.
  • “Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”
  • “Holding on to anger is like graspoing a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.”
  • “Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace.”
  • “Every human being is the author of his own disease.”
  • “In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.”
  • “We are what we think.”
  • “There are only two  mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.”