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Moonshine

January 17th, 2012 Comments off

Moonshine (also called white lightning, mountain dew, hooch, and many other names) is an illegally produced distilled beverage. The word is believed to derive from early English smugglers and illegal Appalachian distillers who clandestinely (i.e., by the light of the moon) produced and distributed whiskey. Moonshine is any distilled spirit made in an unlicensed still. […]

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Bluegrass

May 10th, 2011 Comments off

Bluegrass é uma forma de música popular e tradicional americana, com raízes na música tradicional das ilhas britânicas, na música rural dos negros e no jazz e blues. Este é um dos géneros musicais característicos do sul dos Estados Unidos. Utiliza-se, principalmente, de instrumentos acústicos como banjo, guitarra acústica, violão, bandolim, baixo acústico, dobro e […]

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The Gatling Gun 1862 – First Machine Gun

March 10th, 2011 Comments off

The Gatling gun is one of the best known early rapid-fire weapons and a forerunner of the modern machine gun. It is well known for its use by the Union forces during the American Civil War in the 1860s, which was the first time it was employed in combat. Later it was also famously used […]

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Snake Oil

March 10th, 2011 Comments off

Snake oil is a traditional Chinese medicine made from the Chinese Water Snake (Enhydris chinensis), which is used to treat joint pain. However, the most common usage of the phrase is as a derogatory term for quack medicine. The expression is also applied metaphorically to any product with exaggerated marketing but questionable and/or unverifiable quality […]

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