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What is the national soft drink of Peru?
Inca Kola is a hugely popular and altogether iconic beverage in Peru. The yellowy, sweet, carbonated soft drink—often described as bubblegum in a bottle—doesn't have the sophistication of other national treasures such as pisco and ceviche, but it's just as much a part of the national identity. He is a source of national pride and patriotism in Peru, a national icon. Inca Kola is sold in bottles and with an Inca motif.
Where does the phenomenon known as the Lighthouse of Maracaibo occurs?
In Venezuela. Catatumbo lightning is an atmospheric phenomenon in Venezuela. It occurs only over the mouth of the Catatumbo River where it empties into Lake Maracaibo. The phenomenon is characterized by almost continuous lightning and occurs during 260 nights a year, 10 hours per day and up to 280 times per hour. It has been known for centuries as the Lighthouse of Maracaibo, since it is visible for miles around Lake Maracaibo
Coconut water can be used as...
Blood plasma. The story of coconut water being similar to human blood plasma originated during World War II when British and Japanese patients were given coconut water intravenously in an emergency because saline was unavailable. Since then, this rehydration technique has been used only for short-term emergency situations in remote locations where plasma is not available.
Who coined the word make-up?
Max Factor is a line of cosmetics from Coty, Inc.. It was founded in 1909 as Max Factor & Company by Maksymilian Faktorowicz, a beautician from Poland. In 1920 Max Factor created the first make-up line and coined the word calling this new range 'Society Make-up'. Max Factor, the brand, has always been about glamour in all its guises, Max Factor started his career selling cosmetics to actors in Los Angeles after all.
Where is the world's longest fence located?
In Australia. The Dingo Fence in Australia is the longest fence and one of the longest structures in the world. It stretches over 5600 kilometres across two southeastern Australian states, Queensland and South Australia. The fence was made to keep Dingos out of southeast Australia and particularly to protect the sheep of southern Queensland.
What is the Brazilian island, Ilha da Queimada Grande, known for?
It is the home of the venomous snakes. Ilha de Queimada Grande is the only home of one of the world’s deadliest and most endangered snakes, golden lancehead vipers. These vipers’ venom can kill a person very quick hence the Brazilian government strictly controls visits to the island.
What is the name of an empty tomb erected in honour of a person whose remains are elsewhere?
Cenotaph. Although the vast majority of cenotaphs honour individuals, many noted cenotaphs are instead dedicated to the memories of groups of individuals, such as the lost soldiers of a country or of an empire.
Which Indian state was previously a kingdom, ruled by Palden Thondup Namgyal and his American wife Hope Cooke, before its annexation to India in 1975?
Sikkim. The Kingdom of Sikkim was a hereditary monarchy from 1642 to 1975 in the Eastern Himalayas. It was ruled by Chogyals (kings) of the Namgyal dynasty. Its 12th and the last king was Palden Thondup Namgyal who married Hope Cooke, which brought worldwide media attention to Sikkim. In 1975, as the result of a referendum, Sikkim became a state of India and the monarchy was abolished.
To whom does the .tv internet domain belong?
Country of Tuvalu. The domain name is popular, and thus economically valuable, because it is an abbreviation of the word television. The domain is managed by VeriSign company, which signed the contract with the Government of Tuvalu.
Where is the "Warm Breeze"?
Inside the Solar System. Warm Breeze is a component of interstellar gas flowing into the interior of the Solar System. In 2014, scientists from the USA, Switzerland and Poland, analyzing data obtained by IBEX, discovered a previously unknown stream of atoms, which is filled with rare and partially ionized matter at a temperature of about 7500 K.