Where did the name New Zealand come from?

Where did the name New Zealand come from?

Dutch explorer Abel Tasman sighted New Zealand in 1642 and called it Staten Landt, supposing it was connected to a landmass of the same name at the southern tip of South America. In 1645 Dutch cartographers renamed the land Nova Zeelandia after the Dutch province of Zeeland.

Why do you have to say bless you when someone sneezes?

Some people believed that a sneeze causes the soul to escape the body through the nose. Saying “bless you” would stop the devil from claiming the person’s freed soul. Others believed the opposite: that evil spirits use the sneeze as an opportunity to enter a person’s body.

Is the ‘Priory of Sion’ from the Da Vinci Code real?

No. The Prieuré de Sion (Priory of Sion) was a fake secret society create by a French con-man named Pierre Plantard. Plantard created the Priory in the 1965 as part of an elaborate hoax to crown himself the rightful king of France. To pull it off, Plantard and his accomplices forged documents and placed them in the French National Museum. The fake documents were later used as the basis for the 1980s conspiracy book, Holy Blood, Holy Grail, which Dan Brown later used as the basis for The Da Vinci Code. The Priory of Sion as described by Brown, never existed. There was however, a 12th century monastic order founded by Godfrey of Bouillon called the Abbey of Our Lady of Mount Zion.

How long is the Indy 500 track?

The Indianapolis 500 is held annually at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a 2.5 mile oval circuit. The race consists of 200 laps, run counterclockwise around the circuit, for a distance of 500 miles. Since its inception in 1911, the race has always been scheduled on or around Memorial Day.

How many words per minute does the average person speak?

I am a professional speaker and podcast host and I speak at approximately 145-160 words per minute (wpm), while many sources state that average American English speaker engaged in a friendly conversation speaks at a rate of approximately 110–150 wpm.

Who is older Ross or Monica?

Monica is the younger sister of Ross Geller (David Schwimmer). She is best friends with Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston), Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow), Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc), and Ross’s college roommate and best friend, Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry).

What’s the longest active place-name?

The longest place-name still in use is: Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiakitnatahu, a New Zealand hill. 

How is a Belgian waffle different from a regular waffle?

The texture is also lighter and crispier. To make a Belgian waffle, you need a waffle iron with a deeper, larger grid pattern. Most Belgian waffle recipes are yeast-based, to get that crispy texture. But you also can use a waffle batter that uses beaten egg whites for lightness.