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What is the difference between a couch and a sofa?

A. Although they are often used interchangeably, these are technically two different pieces of furniture and the distinction lies in the words themselves. “Couch” comes to us from French, namely coucher, “to lie down”, while we have the Arabic word suffah to thank for “sofa”. In the most traditional sense, a sofa would be a wooden bench that comes complete with throws and cushions and is intended for sitting. The eBay selling guide used to distinguish between the two by defining a sofa as “a piece of furniture without arms, used for sleeping.” Although it may be a distinction without a difference these days, purists tend to think of sofas as a bit more formal and couches as something you’d take a nap on and let your pets hang out.


Who is responsible for setting the universal time in the countries?

A. Greenwich Observatory in England shares current times and keeps officially recognized time, but curiously some countries do not keep their time to the hour, instead choosing to use half or quarter hours to tell the hour. universal time. India, for example, is set to GMT+5:30, as is its neighboring country, Sri Lanka. Other countries that are also in the half hour include Iran (GMT+3:30), Afghanistan (GMT+4:30) and Myanmar (GMT+6:30). Even more curious, Nepal is a country that works on the quarter hour, since its universal time is set at GMT+5:45. If that’s not strange enough, Australia has five time zones and only some of them are set to half or quarter hours on the clock. There is no universal answer as to why times are set this way; rather, it is often the result of each nation’s policy. For example, India’s decision to set time to the half hour was a compromise that accommodated New Delhi’s location between two meridians. Setting the clock to mean time was a concession that favored neither longitude, and presumably made up for the fact that the large country operates in only one time zone.

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What happened to the famous treasure of the Knights Templar, truth, myth or has it already been found or has it not been given to the publicized?

R. Don Robert, I share with you that The Knights Templar, founded as the Poor Fellow Soldiers of Christ and the Temple of Solomon, were not so poor in their heyday, as they loaded their coffers through the spoils of war, the donations of royal benefactors and supervision of an extensive banking network. Unsurprisingly, the wealth and influence of the medieval military order drew scrutiny from other powerful figures, and in 1307, King Philip IV of France set about dissolving the order and reclaiming its wealth. Although many of its members were arrested and executed, the Knights Templar allegedly moved their valuables out of Paris via hay wagon or boat. As such, their artifacts could be almost anywhere in the world, though some collectors in recent years have assembled what appears to be an impressive assemblage of Templar memorabilia, including a sword, libation cup, helmet, and obsidian chalice. .


So is there a consensus on whether zinc is useful or not to prevent colds? Recently, in his column, he said that a doctor friend of his recommended using zinc.

A. Okay, in a previous column a doctor shared his cold protocol. With apologies to my friend, doctors are not omnipotent. I share with you that while trials have shown that some zinc preparations can make colds go away faster, most preparations you can buy in a store will not, and high doses of zinc can have harmful side effects.

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