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It is used to measure the angle between the horizon and a celestial body. This is essential in determining one's position. Not needed today, all navigators still must know how to use one, and every ship carries sextants.
"With other men, perhaps, such things would not have been inducements; but as for me, I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts. Not ignoring what is good, I am quick to perceive a horror, and could still be social with it - would they let me - since it is but well to be on friendly terms with all the inmates of the place one lodges in."
This is said by the main character in a great novel, about a captain who seeks revenge on a large mammal, which once took one of his legs.
Which is the novel, and who is the author?
The novel was Moby Dick, by Herman Melville. This story has a mythic quality, but it is a massive book to read.
I want a word for a digestive organ, a muscular pouch, sometimes with grit, functioning as a mill when breaking down food. It is most known for being found in birds, but it is more common than that; we'll also find it in some fish and reptiles, and in quite a number of invertebrates. What am I talking about?
The digestive organ I asked for is a gizzard. @BlueFlipper knew the right answer.
Thomas De Quincey relates this anecdote about one of the greatest thinkers of European history – who? This man really loved coffee!!!
“At the beginning of the last year of his life, he fell into the custom of taking, immediately after dinner, a cup of coffee. [...] Sometimes, in the interest of conversation, the coffee was forgotten, but not for long. He would remember and with the querulousness of old age and infirm health would demand that coffee be brought 'upon the spot'. Arrangements had always been made in advance, however; the coffee was ground, and the water was boiling; and in the very moment the word was given the servant shot like an arrow and plunged the coffee into the water. All that remained, therefore, was to give it time to boil up. But this trifling detail delayed seemed unendurable to [name removed for the quiz]. If it were said 'Dear Professor, the coffee will be up in a moment', he would say 'Will be! There's the rub, that it only will be.' Then he would quiet himself with a stoical air, and say, 'Well, one can die after all; it is but dying; and in the next world, thank God, there is no drinking of coffee and consequently no waiting for it.' When at length the servant's steps were heard upon the stairs, he would turn round to us, and joyfully call out: 'Land, land! my dear friends, I see land!'”
Who was this fanatical coffee lover?
You'll find answers and solutions in the next “Quizzes & Puzzles”.
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