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By Harry Oliver, Mike Mosedale

We've got all touched wooden to beat back misfortune, or obvious a bride throw a bouquet over her head at a marriage, yet how frequently can we cease to consider the place such customs come from, or why we nonetheless use them? in actual fact that at the back of a lot of our day-by-day rituals and ideology lies a desirable historical past of strange and beautiful notions, a few rational, others fanciful, that supply a wealthy and pleasing addition to our lives. during this fascinating and forever diverting ebook, best-selling writer Harry Oliver has delved into the tales at the back of our wealthy traditions to give an explanation for them to us with attribute wit and aptitude, in a gem of a quantity that might resolve any of the niggling doubts you could have approximately our daily ideals. So prior to you look for any longer four-leaf clovers, fear concerning the subsequent Friday thirteenth or inform anyone that chocolate will provide them spots, dip into this outstanding tome and become aware of the reality approximately our assorted ideals in order that subsequent time your ear itches you'll be aware of if someone's relatively speaking approximately you!

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Major, look, major, stare, major, lose your underwear. Don’t cry. It’s only a joke. Nunya business! Al bust this door down if you don’t let me in. A man dat wants to come in. Toby or not Toby, that is the question. Bless you! Albert you don’t know who I am. Elma-ny more knock-knock jokes can you take? ROMAN NUMERALS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 I II III IV V VI VII VIII IX X 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 XX XXX XL L LX LXX LXXX XC C 200 300 400 500 600 700 800 900 1,000 CC CCC CCCC D DC DCC DCCC CM M According to legend, Rome was built by twin brothers, Romulus and Remus.

21 Dec. 22–Jan. 20 Jan. 21–Feb. 19 Feb. 20 –March 20 LIBRA–balanced and helpful, but can be indecisive. SCORPIO–determined and fearless, but can be spiteful. SAGITTARIUS–optimistic and energetic, but can be impulsive. CAPRICORN–loyal and humorous, but can be oversensitive. AQUARIUS–inquisitive and precise, but can be stubborn. PISCES–imaginative and agreeable, but can over-exaggerate. Necrophobia MAKING FIRE Twirling a dry twig through a hole in a plank of wood or in a tree trunk will produce enough heat to set fire to dry moss.

4. Lean back over the rear wheel. 5. Pull sharply on the handlebar while still pedalling. 6. As the front wheel rises, balance your weight and your pedaling to maintain the wheelie. Top tip: Keep your wheel at a good height and be careful not to flip over onto your back – touching the back brake will help prevent this.

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