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Page 205 - the "Interchangeable Emmas" are upper middle class young women involved in keeping busy with a variety of good works like the Dragon Sanctuary. In all, he was the author of over fifty bestselling books which have sold over 100 million copies worldwide.

In the late 40s and 50s, no hot rod was complete without them and they became a symbol of 'dicing with death' - a willingness to race your hot rod on the street. This term comes from sailing ships, where it signifies alternately backing and filling the sails, a method used when the wind is running against a ship in a narrow channel. This is a paraphrase of a famous quote by Winston Churchill, referring to Russia: "It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key.Page 2 - Edward d'Eath's name is an obvious play on the word 'Death" but it is in fact an old English name. Pratchett loves to throw in these little 'educate the reader' lessons in etymology, Some are correct, others are puns and others are completely and deliberately off base. Page 101 - "dwarfs would indeed eat dog, but only if they couldn't get rat" Often the prejudice against another race is expressed in their dietary habits. From its invention in 1656 by Christiaan Huygens, inspired by Galileo Galilei, until the 1930s, the pendulum clock was the world's most precise timekeeper, accounting for its widespread use. Pratchett commented: "Almost a trademark of the basic Murphy character in a tight spot is to whip out any badge or piece of paper that looks vaguely official and simply gabble official-sounding jargon, which sounds as if he's making it up as he goes along but nevertheless browbeats people into doing what he wants.

It took its name from a "beano", colloquial English (in the '30s, at least) for a good time, usually a day out, a variation of 'beanfeast'. In the film, the British, French, American and Russian occupation troops in Vienna patrol the city in groups of four, one from each country, to keep an eye on each other. It can be used as a weapon and the most important example is the Scone of Stone, a take of on Scotland's Stone of Scone. The original Bozo the clown character was a town fair or circus figure who insulted and shamed passers-by into such an angry state that they were eager to pay money to thrown balls at a target to knock him off his perch into a tank of water. And a few mad relatives" This resonates with the rumours surrounding the Romanov dynasty after the Russian Revolution and also hints that there is someone out there who is heir to the throne (Carrot).Clearly of all the TV and movie alibis that turn out to be untrue, being dead is the best possible excuse. Toute de suite" means immediately in French and is usually mispronounced like this by people who only learned basic French in school or for comic effect. Other regions of the world, including India and China, also have early evidence of water clocks, but the earliest dates are less certain. Page 80 -"'That's three beers, one milk, one molten sulphur on coke with phosphoric acid --'" Phosphoric acid is in fact an ingredient of Coca Cola.

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