Monday, October 20, 2008

Encyclopedia - N

Some more random facts from my 1979 encyclopedia set, this time from Encyclopedia N!

National Anthems:

Hymn of Mameli (Italy)
Brothers of Italy
Italy is awakened;
With Scipio's helmet
She's covered her head

Where is Victory?
Let her bow in homage,
Because God created
Victory a slave of Rome

Let us form our legions;
We are ready to die:
For Italy has called us.

Kimigayo (Japan)
Ten thousand years of happy reign be thine;
Rule on, my lord, till what are pebbles now
By ages united to mighty rocks shall grow
Whose venerable sides the moss doth line.

Nonsense Rhymes:

Read them slowly--and read them aloud so that you hear the sound of the words as in:
Leap, lap, lip, lop, lope
Seep, sap, sip, sop, soap

You don't read nonsense at a glance. You taste it, you savor it, you reread it.

I went to Noke,
But nobody spoke;
I went to Thame,
It was just the same;
Burford and Brill
Were silent and still,
But I went to Beckley
And they spoke directly
~Nursery Rhyme

The Common Cormorant
The common cormorant or shag
Lays eggs inside a paper bag
The reason you will see no doubt
It is to keep the lightning out
But what these unobservant birds
Have never noticed is that herds
Of wandering bears may come with buns
And steal the bags to hold the crumbs.


Marie Antoinette, Marie Curie, Martin Luther, Voltaire, George Eliot, William Blake, and Mark Twain were all born in November.

November 9th is Sadie Hawkins Day.

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