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Sunday Search Query Answers, Third Edition

March 9th, 2008

search-engine-logo.jpgAfter discovering an relatively large number of search query questions last week, it’s time to pick up where I left off and deal with the remaining long tail keywords that were descriptive enough to warrant a response. If you have any additional queries that you would like me to address, please mention these in the comment section below.

  1. What Is Meant by National Supremacy? - Generally speaking, this refers to the idea that the interests of a specific nation or its government are held to be more important than those of international or local entities. More specifically, it usually refers to a clause in the United States Constitution that gave the federal government power to “trump” (that is, supercede) any laws that were made at the state or local levels should there be any conflicts among the different levels of government. For a more in-depth explanation of this, see my previous article, National Supremacy: What Does It Mean.
  2. Literacy Rate Soldier (Civil War) - Assuming that we are dealing with the American Civil War (1861-1865), the literacy rates were surprisingly high. According to James McPherson’s What They Fought For, the literacy rates were estimated at 90% for the Union soldiers and 80% for the Confederate side. I’m not sure about literacy rates for participants in civil wars of other nations; you will need to specify the nation in your query so that I can research this.
  3. which atms do not charge non customers - While I know from personal experience that USAA rebates customers for using non-affiliated ATMs, there are a few other banks that do not charge customers for ATM services or at least reimburse the fees. Some of these are included in my previous article on How To Avoid ATM Surcharge Fees.
  4. Why did sailors bring citrus fruits on voyages - After a certain time period (approximately 1600, but this varied significantly according to country and region), sailors began to resupply their ships with citrus fruits whenever they could because they figured out that eating these could prevent or cure scurvy. We now know that the reason for this “miracle scurvy cure” has to do with the fact that citrus fruits contain copious amounts of vitamin C, the lack of which eventually leads to scurvy.

    Another reason that citrus fruits were brought along was simply to add variety to the diet. Because of the lack of refrigeration during the Age of Sail period, food choices on long voyages were usually pretty limited, consisting mostly of salted meat, dried bread, dry grains, and any root vegetables (potatoes, carrots, turnips, etc.) that could be stored for long periods of time. Whenever sailors had the opportunity to resupply their ships with fresh fruits and vegetables they readily did so, for these foods were welcome treats for them considering their situation.

  5. how to cool down a beverage - Besides for the obvious choices of simply putting it in a refrigerator or freezer, an even cooler (pun somewhat intended) way to cool down a beverage is to place it in a bowl of ice with salt water.
  6. how to make vinegar at home - This can be done by using some unpasteurized vinegar as a starter culture, adding fruit juice to it, and allowing it to ferment. More details of this process can be found at the article on How To Make Vinegar.
  7. how to write a letter to an editor of a newspaper - See my previous article that explains how to learn the oft-neglected skill of writing letters to the editor. In general, you will want to keep it short and simple, back up assertions with facts whenever possible, and avoid rude or inappropriate language.
  8. should you change your wordpress permalink format - If you are still using the “ugly” default permalinks with the question marks in them, then yes, you should change these to the date and name based format like I have or use a “prettier” custom format. For a nice little tutorial on this (pictures included), see my article on How To Change Your WordPress Permalink URL.

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