The stone (abbreviation st) is a unit of measure equal to 14 pounds avoirdupois (about 6.35 kg [nb 1]) used in Great Britain and Ireland for measuring human body weight. In many Northwestern European countries the stone was formerly used for trade, with a value ranging from about 5 to 40 local pounds (3 to 15 kg).
In 1674, when he was visiting a school at Clermont, he heard from the school’s authorities that one of the children, a nine- year-old Irish lad named Francis Seldon, had made a pun about the king’s bald head.
Louis was furious. He had a secret warrant drawn up for the child’s arrest, and young Seldon was thrown into solitary confinement in the Bastille. His parents, members of one of Europe’s richest merchant families, were told simply that the child had disappeared. Days turned to months, months to years, and Louis himself passed away. But Francis spent sixty-nine years “in the hole” for making fun of the king’s baldness.
As the interfertility of oranges and other citrus has produced numerous hybrids, bud unions, and cultivars, their taxonomy is fairly controversial, confusing or inconsistent. The fruit of any citrus tree is considered a hesperidium (a kind of modified berry) because it has numerous seeds, is fleshy and soft, derives