December 11th, 2012

Страдания Наполеона

Наполеона принято изображать либо с одной ногой, поднятой на большой барабан, либо верхом на коне. Первая поза соответствует действительности, вторая выдумка художников, но причина одна и та же. Дело в том, что Наполеон страдал от трещины заднего прохода, а одна нога, задранная на барабан, помогала несколько облегчить мучения. По той же причине император не мог долго находиться в седле и предпочитал перемещаться в карете.

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十大 shí dà   top ten

中国古代十大禁书

Zhōngguó gǔdài shí dà jìnshū

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我真是三生[В1] 有幸[В2] 。Я очень счастлив (очень рад; мне так повезло). [Буквально: Я счастлив в 3 жизнях]

 [В1]三生 The three births, or reincarnations, past, present, future.

 [В2]yǒu xìng           fortunate

Revival of Learning

Petrarch prepared the soil of Italy for the reception of Greek culture. It is possible that, but for his timely intervention, the Revival of Learning might have been delayed until it was too late. Between the death of Petrarch in 1374, and the fall of Constantinople in 1453, Italy recovered the Greek Classics.

absurd, and unnatural

I know indeed, that the hoop-petticoat is supposed to have been introduced as a matter of convenience, as well as ornament : but I know too, that it perfectly coincides with that prevailing passion in the sex, of swelling themselves beyond their natural size. The proportions of the human form are in like manner destroyed, by pinching in and contracting the waist, as the Chinese women do their feet, Both practices are equally absurd, and unnatural, but the former is more pernicious, as it lays a foundation for innumerable ailments.