I'm curious about Gregorian chants. Who was Gregory?
There were 16 popes named Gregory, but the one who lent his name to the chants was Pope Gregory I, also known as Gregory the Great (540?-604). He was the father of the medieval papacy and a tremendous influence on his time. Gregorian chant proper is a body of music, purely vocal and ecclesiastical, that evolved from the papal choirs of the fifth and sixth centuries. It was codified in the time of Gregory I and stands as the basis for all Gregorian music.
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What are the ten largest cities in the United States?
According to the U.S. Census, the top ten cities by population are, in descending order, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego San Antonio, Dallas, Detroit.
I heard an asteroid may hit the earth in the year 2028. Is this true?
As usual, there has been and will be a lot of hype about pending disaster, but scientists do believe that the asteroid expected to pass very near Earth in October 2028 actually has very little chance of colliding with our planet. It will, however, be nearly 1 mile in diameter and is named Asteroid 1997XF11.
How were the boundaries configured for each state? Who set those boundaries?
There's enough here for several doctoral dissertations, but suffice it to say that, before Thomas Jefferson, state boundaries tended to follow natural separators such as rivers and mountain ridges, or historically accepted boundaries. Jefferson, however, successfully proposed that western states be divided into a tidy checkerboard pattern. As a result, every state west of the Mississippi has at least two straight, or mostly straight, sides, except Oregon, Minnesota, and Texas. This square-corner arrangement, however, doesn't translate well on a spherical planet, and some of the lines have been adjusted accordingly. (Guest Expert Nancy Carter, Denver, Colorado)
What is the highest mountain in the world?
Mount Everest, which is located on the border between Nepal and Tibet. According to a 2005 reading, it stands 29,017 feet high.
Are more people near- or far-sighted?
About 30 percent of Americans are nearsighted to some degrees. About 60 percent are far-sighted.
In the Bible there is a reference to shields and bucklers. What are bucklers?
A buckler is a small, round shield that is either carried or worn on the arm. Some versions of the Bible translate the phrase you mentioned as simply "small and large shields."
Where did the phrase "round robin" come from when referring to a letter?
A round robin is a written petition, or protest, which is drawn up and circulated for signatures by a group with a common cause. These days the signatures are usually written one beneath the other, but in former times they were arranged in a circle so that no name headed the list, and no one appeared as the ring leader or originator of the protest.