Boy's Own Book Extended: A Complete Encyclopedia of All Athletic, Scientific, Recreative, Outdoor and Indoor, Exercises and Diversions

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C.S. Francis and Company, 1855 - Amusements - 713 pages

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Page 107 - If 100 stones are placed in a straight line, at the distance of a yard from each other ; how far must a person travel, to bring them one by one to a box placed at the distance of a yard from the first stone 1 QUEST.
Page 320 - Triflers may find or make any thing a trifle; but since it is the great characteristick of a wise man to see events in their causes, to obviate consequences, and ascertain contingencies, your Lordship will think nothing a trifle by which the mind is inured to caution, foresight, and circumspection.
Page 242 - Twas allotted to man with his earliest breath, Attends at his birth and awaits him in death, Presides o'er his happiness, honour, and health, Is the prop of his house, and the end of his wealth. In the heaps of the miser 'tis hoarded with care, But is sure to be lost on his prodigal heir.
Page 79 - ... swimming and falling accidentally into the water, could have presence of mind sufficient to avoid struggling and plunging, and to let the body take this natural position, he might continue long safe from drowning till perhaps help would come. For as to the clothes, their additional weight while immersed is very inconsiderable, the water supporting it, though when he comes out of the water, he would find them very heavy indeed.
Page 34 - Wollaston has shown, may be produced by looking along the side of a red-hot poker at a word or object ten or twelve feet distant. At a distance less than three-eighths of an inch from the line of the poker, an inverted image was seen ; and within and without that, an erect image.
Page 242 - Twill be found in the sphere when 'tis riven asunder, Be seen in the lightning and heard in the thunder. 'Twas allotted to man with his earliest breath, Attends him at birth, and awaits him in death, Presides o'er his happiness, honor and health. Is the prop of his house, and the end of his wealth.
Page 129 - America, and is as follows : Supposing the diameter of the discs of card to be to that of the hole as 8 to 1, the area of the former to the latter must be as 64 to 1. Hence, if the discs were to be separated, (their surfaces remaining parallel,) with a velocity as great as that of the air blast, a column of air must meanwhile be interposed...
Page 155 - To make a Ring suspend by a Thread, after the Thread has been burned. SOAK a piece of thread in urine, or common salt and water. Tie it to a ring, not larger than a wedding ring. When you apply the flame of a candle to it, it will burn to ashes, but yet sustain the ring! To form Figures in relief on an Egg.
Page 180 - ... is ascribed to a galvanic effect. In this instance, there is a combination of one metal and two dissimilar fluids, which combination constitutes a galvanic circle. In the act of drinking, one side of the pewter pot is exposed to the action of the saliva, which moistens the lip, while the other metallic side is in contact with the porter; the circuit being thus completed, an agreeable relish is communicated to the beverage when it comes in contact with the tongue.
Page 65 - This illusion will be greatly assisted by the voice being totally different in tone and character from that of the man from whom it really comes. Thus, we see how easy is the deception when the sounds are required to proceed from any given object, and are such as they actually yield. The ventriloquists of our time, as M. Alexander and M. FitzJames, have carried their art still further. They have not only spoken by the muscles of the throat and the abdomen, without moving those of the face, but have...

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