Does it snow in Africa?
Sometimes, and you can admire it in the "heart" of Africa – in the North-East of Tanzania, where the highest (5895 m) point of the Black continent – Kilimanjaro. The…

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How not to go broke on customs duties?
Bringing a mountain of purchases from foreign trips, in addition to impressions, is a long-standing domestic tradition. In recent years, abroad often buy fashionable equipment: iPhones, tablets, advanced cameras, etc.These…

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Why do earthquakes occur in Japan?
If we take the question literally, then earthquakes in Japan occur for the same reason as in other countries – because of sudden breaks in the earth's crust with the…

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Why was Brazil named Brazil?

The official name of the country is the Federal Republic of Brazil.

Originally, after the discovery of this South American country in 1500 by the Portuguese Navigator Pedro Cabral, it was called Terra da Vera Cruz, which means the Land of the True cross.

A little later, the first Portuguese settlers discovered a tree in the coastal rainforests that resembled the famous “fire tree” (in Portuguese, pau-brasil), which was brought to Europe by Arab merchants. A very expensive red paint was made from the wood of the” Brazil tree”.

Later it turned out that the Arabs used another tree growing in Asia. Nevertheless, the paint “Brazil” in huge quantities poured from the newly discovered country to Europe, and soon the whole country was called Brazil.

There is another version of the origin of the country’s name, which is less common. In Irish myths, the mysterious island of high Brazil, or O’brasil, is mentioned somewhere in the vastness of the Atlantic ocean. Supporters of this version claim that the ancient Celts sailed to Brazil long before Columbus discovered America, but there is no information about such trips.

 

Welcome To Montenegro!
You can experience the beauty of a holiday in the Mediterranean and feel almost at home, perhaps, only in Montenegro. Your tour to this Balkan country can be active, informative…

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What is the difference between the Arctic and the Antarctic?
First, the similarity. The Arctic and Antarctic are regions of the Earth located around the North and South poles, respectively. The similarity in the names is explained by the fact…

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Why don't the Japanese get old?
The Japanese, like all people, unfortunately, are getting old. And the question, apparently, is inspired by the widely discussed book on the Internet " Why Japanese do not age. Secrets…

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Why Is Japan The Land Of The Rising Sun?
The land of the Rising Sun is the poetic name of Japan in European languages. The self-name of the country (Nippon) is indicated on the letter by two hieroglyphs-the sun…

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