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  • Book Title: The Bare Facts Video Guide
  • ISBN 13: 9781852869809
  • ISBN 10: 1852869801
  • Author: Craig Hosoda
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Valarjar - Faction - World of Warcraft

It is Wrath of the Lich King faction

* Can't calculate right now. Will update this post later. You can find more info The Nightfallen or Good Suramaritan

  • World Quests - main source of reputation
    At level 110 you will get Uniting the Isles quest.
    Need to have Friendly with the 5 major Legion factions.
    Don't need Kirin Tor and The Wardens

    So complete 1/3 quests in each zone and you can do world quests.

    Do world quest in zones assotiated with it's faction.
    The Wardens target all 5 zones with WANTED and DANGER quests.
    Kirin Tor has basically three quests that can spawn in random zone: Enigmatic. Ley Race. The Magic of Flight
    At this point you need reputation to get pets/gear/toys/profession recipes
    And there are 3 Broken Isles Diplomat & Friends in a Broken Land & The Nightfallen achievements

    World quests have unique "daily" mechaincs. It is not exactly daily, but i will call it this way
    You will see something like this on your map
    https://i.gyazo.com/9597a80721b5087cd3f5481ab7d14ae2.png

    After you complete 4 world quests of the faction you see on your map, you can go to the emissary and claim your reward.
    You will always get 1 reputation Insignia like Greater Highmountain Tribe Insignia. The list is at the bottom of this post.
    Kirin Tor daily gives you any reputation Insignia you want to. Can choose reward yourself

    You have 3 daily quest and you have 3 days to complete it.
    1 quest changes every day
    So it feels like daily, but you can just wait 2 days and then complete all 3 quests.
    No need to do them every day.
    They work similar to the dungeon or raid lockouts.
    Everyone have the same 3 quests.

    I'll just list the quests and the emissary you should visit to claim the reward

    Recommended for profession

  • Treasure chests
    You can get +250 reputation Insignia (like Highmountain Tribe Insignia ) from lots of treasure chests in all 5 zones.
    The drop rate is extremely low, 5% or less, actually i got only 2 insignias after

    200 chests
    The full list of items you can get is at the bottom of the post
    You can try to find more info here:

    Order Hall missions
    At 110 level you will unlock missions in you garrison that reward you with another type of boa Insignia
    Like this one Highmountain Tribe Insignia Full list is at the bottom of the post
    Extra reward is Tribute of the Broken Isles and it is just 1 more reputation Insignia with random faction

    So you can get +500 reputation from 1 mission

    Order Hall missions

    Comment by vindurza

    I am disappointed they do not have a storm drake mount

    Comment by Zelvajz

    Court of Farondis

    Honored
    Tailoring legs 106 lvl rank 3
    Toy
    Treasure map
    Q item Vainglorious Draught

    Revered
    inscript versa: High Botanist Tel'arn rank 3
    hunter artefakt skin
    Beginner's Guide to Dimensional Rifting
    ins versa. Vantus Rune Technique: Skorpyron rank 3
    companion
    Shouder enchant - gem collecting

    Exalted
    tailoring hood lvl 110 rank 3
    tailoring hands lvl 110 rank 3
    tailoring robe lvl 110 rank 3

    Marin Bladewing (Wardens)

    Honored
    Schematic: Bolt-Action Headgun eng rank 3 Mail
    Schematic: Reinforced Headgun eng rank 3 Plate
    Trapped Treasure Chest Kit

    Revered
    Vault Patroller's Warboots plate
    Vantus Rune Technique: Cenarius inscr. rank 3
    Vantus Rune Technique: Star Augur Etraeus inscr. rank 3
    Vantus Rune Technique: Spellblade Aluriel inscr. rank 3
    Syxsehnz Rod toy
    Boon of the Bloodhunter
    Fledgling Warden Owl pet

    Exalted
    Fledgling Warden Owl back crit, master
    Warden's tabard
    Schematic: Sawed-Off Cranial Cannon eng rank 3 leather
    Schematic: Semi-Automagic Cranial Cannon eng rank 3 cloth
    Design: Twisted Pandemonite Choker jew rank 3

    Valdemar Stormseeker (Valarjar)

    Honored
    Recipe for lw (chest mail) rank3
    recipe for lw (head mail) rank3
    Vyrkul toy boat
    recipe blacksmith (consecrated spike)
    treasure map

    Revered
    head mail (haste versa)
    toy
    Boon of the salvager
    companion

    Exalted
    legs plate (haste mastery)
    tabard
    recipe lw rank 3 mail head
    recipe lw rank 3 legs mail
    recipe bs rank 3 feet plate
    Rod of the Asended (priest)
    recipe bs rank 3 legs plate

    Sylvia Hartshorn (dreamweaver)

    Honored
    toy
    recipe lw rank 3 chest leather
    recipe enchanting rank 3
    Boon of the Harvester
    treasure map

    Revered
    neck (crit versa)
    toy
    companion

    Exalted
    shoulder leather (haste mastery)
    tabard (dreamweavers)
    tabard (initiate's tabard)
    recipe lw rank 3 head leather
    recipe lw rank 3 feet leather
    recipe lw rank 3 legs leather
    recipe nechanting rank 3
    Seed of Solar fire
    recipe enchanting rank 3
    recipe enchanting rank 2

    The Nightfallen
    Friendly
    Boots - cloth, leather, mail, plate

    Revered
    Neck - haste mastery
    Toy Companion

    Exalted
    Class - Shouders
    Enchanting - ring versatility - rank 3
    Tailoring - Feet 110 rank 3
    Tailoring - Wrist 110 rank 3
    Jwc - rogue neck - rank 3
    Enchanting - ring Crit - rank 3
    Enchanting - ring Mastery - rank 3
    Enchanting - Cloak - intelekt rank 3
    Tailoring - legs 110 rank 3

    Comment by yzq85

    In Wowhead, to track the quest rewards from the Stormheim storyline, refer to the quest listing in the "Quests" tab. The Hammer of Khaz'goroth will reward you with an ilvl 800 Hands.

    Comment by Boxofbeer

    Valdemar Stormseeker is Valarjar quartermaster. Located in Valdisdail 60.2 61.2
    Video of Valdemar Stormseeker location --- https://youtu.be/Wml8IqhgPFM

    Valarjar

    These are the chosen warriors of Odyn, sworn to his service in life and death.

    Valarjar is a new faction in Legion with recipes, pets, and gear as rewards. Hitting Revered with this faction is required for Broken Isles Diplomat and hitting Friendly is required for Uniting the Isles. You will also want to grind reputation if you are a Blacksmith or Leatherworker for recipes, or want reagents for Mining or Enchanting. More details in the Valarjar Reputation Guide.

    Guides

    Legion Reputation Overview

    Source:

    www.wowhead.com

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    15 Interesting Facts about Video Games

    15 Interesting Facts about Video Games 15 Video Game Facts

    1. Mario was actually named after the landlord of Nintendo’s first warehouse Mr. Mario Segale. The original name of Mario was actually Mr. Video Game which ended up becoming Mr. Segale’s nickname speaking of Mario he is actually appearing in over a hundred and twenty video games.

    2. Pac-Man was invented by the designer Toru Iwatani while he was eating pizza.

    3. The PlayStation was originally designed as a Nintendo Console with Sony to make the inside components when Nintendo console changed their minds about making the console Sony decided to go ahead make the PlayStation.

    4. The video game industry is valued at 70 Billion Dollars worldwide.
    5. Two-thirds of American households play games 60% are male, 40% are female.
    6. In 1990 game, Golden Axe from SEGA was voiced entirely by prisoners on death row.

    7. Due to the popularity of the Nintendo game Mario Brothers in 1983, there was an explosion of name Mario given to children around that time.

    8. In the original Legend of Zelda game, why you could only hold 255 Rupees (gold coins)? Because the maximum value of an unsigned 8bit integer and to hold more would have required more memory which wasn’t just doable for the technology at that time.

    9. The most famous G code for video games of all time up up down down left right left right B A this was made popular by the game Contra which gives the player a full set of power-ups and it’s called Konami code or Gamers code.

    10. The first gaming console to ever ship with an internal memory was the SEGA Saturn and it shipped with about one megabyte of memory.

    11. In the original arcade version of Donkey Kong, Mario was called jump man and he was a carpenter, not a plumber.

    12. MegaMan is known as RockMan in Japan the name was changed from RockMan to MegaMan when he came to America.

    13. The best-selling consoles of all time are the PlayStation 2 and Nintendo DS both tied with an about 155 million units sold.

    14. The highest grossing game of all time is actually World of WarCraft bringing in whopping ten billion dollars over its lifetime.

    15. Atari is a Japanese word that actually means success.

    1: Go onto vogue.co.uk
    2: On your keyboard, press up up down down left right left right B A.
    3: Press A over and over again.

    Source:

    www.technotification.com

    Uses of the bare infinitive

    Uses of the bare infinitive

    The infinitive can be used with or without the marker to. These two forms of the infinitive are distinguished by the terms ‘to-infinitives’ and ‘bare infinitives’.

    Uses of the bare infinitive

    The infinitive without the marker to (bare-infinitive) is used after the auxiliaries shall, should, will, would, may, might, do, did, can, could, must, need and dare.

    When dare and need are used as principal verbs, they are followed by the to-infinitive.

    • Did he dare to do that?
    • We will need two weeks to complete the work.

    The infinitive is used without to after some principal verbs like bid, watch, see, let, make, help and hear.

    • I bade him come. (NOT I bade him to come.)
    • Let him go. (NOT Let him to go.)
    • We heard her sing. (NOT We heard her to sing.)
    • I watched them play. (NOT I watched them to play.)

    After rather, better and had better

    The infinitive is used without to after rather, better and had better.

    • You had rather visit him.
    • I would rather wait.
    • You had better consult a doctor.

    After some prepositions like except, but, save and than

    Please share this post if you like it, or comment below if you have questions.

    Source:

    www.englishgrammar.org

    Ten Interesting Facts About Buckingham Palace

    Ten Interesting Facts About Buckingham Palace #BuckinghamPalace #London 10 Interesting Facts about Buckingham Palace

    No trip to London would be complete without visit what most would consider the most recognizable palace in the world, Buckingham Palace. My daughter and I had the opportunity to tour the palace to see the Queen’s Coronation Exhibition. The exhibit celebrates the 60th anniversary of Queen’s Elizabeth acceding to the throne.

    We wandered in total amazement of the palace which was as you imagine, just stunning in it’s size, grandeur and the architecture. It’s hard to believe that is the working headquarters of the monarchy and where The Queen carries out her official and ceremonial duties as Head of State of the United Kingdom and Head of the Commonwealth.

    We were able to view the Queen’s white satin coronation dress created by British couturier Norman Hartnell. Let me say that the Queen when she was made queen was quite tiny and the dress is just stunning. Not only did we get to see her dress but the Queen Mother’s dress and robe, along with the original table setting for after the coronation. One of the artifacts is a video of the Royal family and what is funny about the video is how squirmy and impatient the young Prince Charles and Princess Margaret were and how the Queen kept tapping them on the shoulder to prompt them to stand still. See it doesn’t matter if you are born royal, kids are kids.

    We weren’t able to take photos but The Telegraph obviously had access so take a look at their video.

    10 Interesting Facts about Buckingham Palace
    1. The Palace gets its name from an 18th-century Tory politician. John Sheffield, 3rd Earl of Mulgrave and Marquess of Normanby, was created Duke of Buckingham in 1703. He built Buckingham House for himself as a gr and London home. Buckingham Palace measures 108m across the front, 120m deep (including the Quadrangle) and 24m high.
    2. The Palace’s total floor area covers more than 77,000 square metres (just over 19 acres).
    3. There are 775 rooms in Buckingham Palace, including 19 State rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms.
    4. Electricity was first installed in the Ball Room in 1883, and between 1883 and 1887 electricity was extended throughout the Palace. There are about 40,000 lights in the building.
    5. There are more than 350 clocks and watches in the Palace, one of the largest collections of working clocks anywhere. Two full-time horological conservators wind them up every week and keep them in good working order.
    6. Several of the State Rooms were used for the Royal Wedding reception for the marriage of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. These include the Picture Gallery, Centre Room, Green Drawing Room. White Drawing Room, Music Room, Bow Room, Ball Room, Ball Supper Room, Throne Room.
    7. Visiting heads of state occupy a suite of rooms at the Palace known as the Belgian suite, on the ground floor of the north-facing garden front. These rooms were first decorated for Prince Albert’s uncle Léopold I, first King of the Belgians. King Edward VIII also lived in these rooms during his reign.
    8. More than 800 members of staff are based at the Palace. Their jobs range from housekeeping to horticulture, catering to correspondence. Some of the more unusual jobs include fendersmith, clockmaker and flagman.
    9. The balcony of Buckingham Palace is one of the most famous in the world. The first recorded Royal balcony appearance took place in 1851, when Queen Victoria stepped on to it during celebrations for the opening of the Great Exhibition. King George VI introduced the custom of the RAF fly-past at the end of Trooping the Colour, when the Royal Family appear on the balcony.
    10. A flag always flies above Buckingham Palace. When The Queen is in residence, the Royal Standard flies. When the Sovereign is not present, the Union Flag flies instead. A flag sergeant has the role of raising and lowering the right flag as The Queen arrives at or departs from the Palace.

    Check out the skyline of London – It is beautiful!!

    Watch Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace

    Of course if you plan it correctly, after you tour the Palace, you can head over to watch the guard change. The official start time of 11.30am, however the guards start arriving with music at 11.15am. The ceremony runs for 30 minutes and all the guards taking part in the daily ceremony are dressed in traditional red tunics and bearskin hats. The ceremony is set to music and takes place on different days depending on the month you visit. And yes get there as early as you can, my daughter was able to get this photo from sitting on top of the gates near Buckingham Palace.

    Visit the official Buckingham Palace website for more information. I highly recommend the taking the tour (your kids will love it) and definitely get your tickets before you leave the country.

    Disclosure: NYC Single Mom was not compensated for this post.

    Source:

    www.nycsinglemom.com

    News - Skin: The Bare Facts - Zest Books

    News > Skin: The Bare Facts

    Our skin: It shows everything. Dirt, stress, sunburns, wrinkles, dimples, shaving irritation, allergies, and the dreaded acne. It’s the one organ that lives on the outside of our body, and it takes the brunt of all our actions. It’s there to protect us, but can also give us major headaches.

    Skin (January 2010; Zest Books; $14.99 US; 104 pages; four-color illustrations; paperback; ISBN-13: 978-0-9800732-5-6) by national beauty expert Lori Bergamotto is all about teenage skin. The beautifully illustrated, well-researched book explores:

    • scientific facts about skin
    • how to determine your skin type
    • best shaving and makeup practices
    • at-home spa treatments, do-it-yourself facials, and makeup recipes
    • how to avoid skin cancer


    For more information, review copies, author interviews, excerpts or images, please contact Zest Books publicity department at 415.777.8654 or publicity@zestbooks.net.

    Skin
    The Bare Facts
    by Lori Bergamotto
    January 2010; $14.99 US;
    104 pages; four-color illustrations; paperback original
    Ages 12+, Teen nonfiction
    ISBN-13: 978-0-9800732-5-6

    Lori Bergamotto began her career in the beauty industry as an intern and assistant at Glamour magazine, and went on to work as a beauty editor at Lucky and then as the Beauty and Health Director at Teen People. She is currently the Contributing Style Editor at People StyleWatch, and a freelance writer living in New York City. Her work has appeared in Real Simple, In Style, San Diego Magazine, FOAM, Cookie, Lucky, and Glamour. She has been a featured beauty and style expert on TV with appearances on MTV, VH1, E. CNN, CBS’s Early Show, NBC’s Today Show, and The Tyra Banks Show.

    © Zest Books All Rights Reserved

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    Bare-necked umbrellabird videos, photos and facts - Cephalopterus glabricollis

    Bare-necked umbrellabird (Cephalopterus glabricollis)

    The male bare-necked umbrellabird (Cephalopterus glabricollis ) is a large and unmistakable bird, with glossy black plumage, an umbrella-shaped crest of feathers on the head, and a conspicuous bright red patch of bare skin hanging from the throat, sides of the neck and upper breast. This unusual structure terminates in a thin central wattle. tipped with elongated feathers, and is inflated during display (2) (3) (4). The long feathers of the crest curl forwards, and can be lowered to cover almost the entire beak (2) (3). The female bare-necked umbrellabird is smaller and duller than the male, which a much smaller crest, small bare patches only on the sides of the neck, and no wattle (2) (3) (4). while the juvenile resembles the female, but is greyer, with a shorter crest and a smaller area of bare skin (2) .

    Size Length: 36 - 41 cm (2) (3) Male weight: ca. 450 g (2) Female weight: ca. 320 g (2)

    Related species

    Long-wattled umbrellabird
    (Cephalopterus penduliger)

    Chestnut-bellied cotinga
    (Doliornis remseni)

    Turquoise cotinga
    (Cotinga ridgwayi)

    Bare-necked umbrellabird biology

    The bare-necked umbrellabird feeds mainly on fruit, supplemented with lizards, frogs and large insects. Food items are plucked from the vegetation in flight, or taken while perched, and larger prey items may be beaten against a perch before being swallowed (2) (6). The species has also been recorded joining flocks of other birds foraging on prey flushed by swarming army ants (8). In Costa Rica, the bare-necked umbrellabird’s seasonal movements have been shown to coincide with the periods of highest fruit abundance at different altitudes (7) .

    Although the bare-necked umbrellabird is usually solitary, small groups may occur during seasonal movements, and when males are displaying (5). Breeding occurs between March and June (2) (5) (6). although only one nest has ever been described, which was rather bulky, built in a tree, from twigs, leaves and moss, and contained a single egg. Incubation is performed by the female (6). During the breeding season, male bare-necked umbrellabirds perform elaborate courtship displays in widely spaced, loose groups, in areas known as leks. During display, the male will inflate air-sacs in the throat and expand the red wattle. then give a deep, resounding, double-barrelled ‘boom’, also leaning forward in a short bow and extending the frontal crest forward. Harsh, hacking calls may also be given (2) (5) (6). Females visit the leks and mate with the dominant males (2). The male bare-necked umbrellabird appears to return to the same displaying area each year (6) (7) .

    Bare-necked umbrellabird range

    The bare-necked umbrellabird is restricted to the Caribbean slopes of Costa Rica and western Panama, east as far as Veraguas and Coclé (2) (3) (5) .

    Species with a similar range

    White marlin
    (Kajikia albida)

    Albacore tuna
    (Thunnus alalunga)

    Fulvous whistling duck
    (Dendrocygna bicolor)

    Bare-necked umbrellabird habitat

    This species undertakes a seasonal vertical migration, spending the breeding season in subtropical forest in the highlands, at elevations of around 750 to 2,100 metres, and the non-breeding season in lowland forest, below 500 metres (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7). The bare-necked umbrellabird mainly inhabits the upper understorey to mid-canopy levels of the forest (5) .

    Species found in a similar habitat

    Henkel’s flat-tailed gecko
    (Uroplatus henkeli)

    Red-fronted parrot
    (Poicephalus gulielmi)

    Bare-necked umbrellabird status

    The bare-necked umbrellabird is classified as Endangered (EN) on the IUCN Red List (1) .

    Bare-necked umbrellabird threats

    The bare-necked umbrellabird appears to be relatively uncommon throughout its range, with a small and declining global population. Although it occurs in adequately protected highland forests, much of the species’ lowland habitat is unprotected, and is under continued threat from deforestation and conversion to plantations and cattle ranches (2) (3) (5) (6) (7). A lack of suitable habitat corridors between lowland and highland areas may also be a problem (5). and recent highway construction is further removing the species’ habitat and opening the region up to increased settlement and land clearance (3) (5). In addition to these threats, global climate change could potentially shift the bare-necked umbrellabird’s range up to higher elevations, eventually leaving the species with nowhere else to go (6) .

    Bare-necked umbrellabird conservation

    The bare-necked umbrellabird breeds in several protected areas, including La Amistad International Park and Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve in Costa Rica (3) (5). The adjacent lowlands where these birds spend the non-breeding season are less well protected (3) (7). but lowland protected areas used by the bare-necked umbrellabird include San San-Pond Sak, a Ramsar site in Panama (2) (9) and La Selva Biological Station in Costa Rica (3). Further conservation actions recommended for the bare-necked umbrellabird include population monitoring, the preservation and promotion of forest corridors, and the establishment and expansion of protected areas, especially in lowland areas (2) (3) (5) (7). Protecting the habitats of this distinctive bird would also help to preserve many other species that depend on these forests for survival (7) .

    Find out more

    Find out more about the bare-necked umbrellabird:

    Authentication

    Authenticated (09/10/10) by Dr Johel Chaves-Campos, Department of Biological Sciences, University of New Orleans.
    http://fs.uno.edu/jchaves/

    Glossary

    Incubation The act of incubating eggs; that is, keeping them warm so that development is possible. Wattle A fleshy organ that hangs from the bill, throat or eye of some bird species.

    References
    1. IUCN Red List (August, 2012)
      http://www.iucnredlist.org/
    2. del Hoyo, J. Elliott, A. and Christie, D. (2004) Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 9: Cotingas to Pipits and Wagtails. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
    3. BirdLife International (October, 2009)
      http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/index.html?action=SpcHTMDetails.asp&sid=4521&m=0
    4. Ridgely, R.S. and Gwynne, J.A. (1992) A Guide to the Birds of Panama: with Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Honduras. Second Edition. Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey.
    5. BirdLife International (1992) Bare-necked umbrellabird Cephalopterus glabricollis. In: BirdLife International. Threatened Birds of the Americas. BirdLife International, Cambridge, UK. Available at:
      http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/userfiles/file/Species/AmRDBPDFs/Cephalopterus_glabricollis_eng.pdf
    6. Fogden, M.P.L. and Fogden, P.M. (1997) Notes on the behaviour of bare-necked umbrellabird Cephalopterus glabricollis in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve, Costa Rica. Cotinga. 8. 23-26. Available at:
      http://www.neotropicalbirdclub.org/articles/8/C8-BAUM.pdf
    7. Chaves-Campos, J. Arévalo, J.E. and Araya, M. (2003) Altitudinal movements and conservation of bare-necked umbrellabird Cephalopterus glabricollis of the Tilarán Mountains, Costa Rica. Bird Conservation International. 13. 45-58.
    8. Chaves-Campos, J. (2005) Bare-necked umbrellabird (Cephalopterus glabricollis ) foraging at an unusually large assemblage of army ant-following birds. The Wilson Bulletin. 117 (4): 418-420.
    9. The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands: The Annotated Ramsar List - Panama (October, 2009)
      http://www.ramsar.org/

    Bare-necked umbrellabird perched on branch

    Source:

    www.arkive.org

    10 Facts About the Spanish Language

    10 Facts About the Spanish Language

    Gerald Erichsen, your About.com Expert on the Spanish language, is a journalist, writer and editor. Read more

    Updated February 02, 2016.

    Here are 10 facts about the Spanish language you might be interested to know:

    1. With 329 million native speakers, Spanish ranks as the world's No. 2 language in terms of how many people speak it as their first language. It is slightly ahead of English (328 million) but far behind Chinese (1.2 billion). (Source: Ethnologue )

    2. Spanish has at least 3 million native speakers in each of 44 countries, making it the fourth most widely spoken language behind English (112 countries), French (60) and Arabic (57).

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    3. Spanish is part of the Indo-European family of languages, which are spoken by more than a third of the world's population. Other Indo-European languages include English, French, German, the Scandinavian languages, the Slavic languages and many of the languages of India. Spanish can be classified further as a Romance language, a group that includes French, Portuguese, Italian, Catalan and Romanian.

    4. Although there is no clear boundary defining when the Latin of what is now the north-central area of Spain became Spanish, it is safe to say that the language of the Castile region became a distinct language in part because of efforts by King Alfonso in the 13th century to standardize the language for official use.

    By the time Columbus came to the Western Hemisphere in 1492, Spanish had reached the point where the language as spoken and written would be easily understandable today.

    5. To the people who speak it, Spanish is sometimes called español and sometimes castellano (the Spanish equivalent of "Castilian"). The labels used vary regionally and sometimes according to political viewpoint. (See also the article on Spanish vs. Castilian .)

    6. Spanish is one of the world's most phonetic languages. If you know how a word is spelled, you can almost always know how it is pronounced (although the reverse isn't true).

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    The main exception is recent words of foreign origin, which usually retain their original spelling.

    7. The Royal Spanish Academy (Real Academia Española ), created in the 18th century, is widely considered the arbiter of standard Spanish. It produces authoritative dictionaries and grammar guides. Although its decisions do not have the force of law, they are widely followed in both Spain and Latin America. Among the language reforms promoted by the Academy have been the use of the inverted question mark and exclamation point (¿ and ¡ ). Although they have been used by people who speak some of the non-Spanish languages of Spain, they are otherwise unique to the Spanish language. Similarly unique to Spanish and a few local languages that have copied it is the ñ . which became standardized around the 14th century.

    8. Although Spanish originated on the Iberian Peninsula as a descendant of Latin, today it has far more speakers in Latin America, having been brought to the New World by Spanish colonialization. There are minor differences in vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation between the Spanish of Spain and the Spanish of Latin America, not so great as to prevent easy communication.

    9. After Latin, the language that has had the biggest influence on Spanish is Arabic. Today, the foreign language exerting the most influence is English, and Spanish has adopted hundreds of English words related to technology and culture.

    10. Spanish and English share much of their vocabulary through cognates. as both languages derive many of their words from Latin and Arabic. The biggest differences in the grammar of the two languages include Spanish's use of gender. a more extensive verb conjugation and the widespread use of the subjunctive mood .

    What's the Difference Between Spanish and Castilian?

    Source:

    spanish.about.com

    Jessica Biel, Ivanka Trump Lay Down the Bare Facts - Today s News: Our Take

    Jessica Biel, Ivanka Trump Lay Down the Bare Facts

    by Matt Mitovich | Aug 16, 2007 12:10 PM EDT

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    Though still haunted by her super-racy circa-2000 Gear spread, Jessica Biel is prepared to reveal what makes a onetime Sexiest Woman Alive most qualified for her role as a stripper in the upcoming Powder Blue - within limits. "[Jessica] signed a contract that explicitly details the bare minimum fans will see, including shots of her breasts and butt," a source tells Us.

    Similarly, current Stuff cover gal Ivanka Trump - who this time gave the Donald a heads-up about her second pictorial for the lad mag - set clear parameters about what she would bare. "I told them, 'No midriff, no bikini bottoms,'" she shares with the New York Post. And no unsightly hairpieces, either, I imagine.

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