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General Knowledge Pt. XVIII

October 6, 1976 – Watch the full debate: Jimmy Carter: Gerald Ford: The Independent reported, “Carter is widely considered a better man than he was a president.” While he began his term with a 66% approval rating, this dropped to 34% approval by the time he left office, with 55% disapproving. In the wake of Nixon’s Watergate Scandal, exit polls from the 1976 Presidential election suggested that many still held Gerald Ford’s pardon of Nixon against him, and Carter by comparison seemed a sincere, honest, and well-meaning Southerner. When Carter ran for reelection, Ronald Reagan’s nonchalant self-confidence contrasted to Carter’s serious and introspective temperament. Carter’s personal attention to detail, seeming indecisiveness and weakness with people was also accentuated by Reagan’s charm and easy delegation of tasks to subordinates. Ultimately, the combination of the economic problems, Iran hostage crisis, and lack of Washington cooperation made it easy for Reagan to portray him as an ineffectual leader. Since leaving office, Carter’s reputation has much improved. Carter’s presidential approval rating, which sat at 31% just prior to the 1980 election, was polled in early 2009 at 64%. Carter’s continued post-Presidency activities have also been favorably received. Carter explains that a great deal of this change was owed to Reagan’s successor, George HW Bush, who actively sought him out and was far more courteous


What is uranium dating?

Uranium dating is one of the ways of determining the age of ancient objects, even one million years old, by measuring how much of the following are present in them: the amount of radioactive isotopes of uranium, and the amount of other materials into which the radioactive isotopes would decompose. These measurements, when combined with knowledge about the initial state of matter under study (that is, composition at the time of death of an organism, or formation of a mineral) and the rate at which radioactivity takes place, would yield the age of the object. Uranium dating is useful where even radio carbon dating cannot be used.

Why is Scotland Yard so called?

The name of the police headquarters is derived from its original location on Great Scotland Yard, a street within Whitehall. According to a 1964 article in The New York Times, the name derives from buildings in the area used to accommodate Scottish kings when they visited English royalty. The original commissioners of the Metropolitan police, Colonel Charles Rowan and Richard Mayne, worked out of a private house at 4 Whitehall Place, which backed onto an open courtyard that came to be known as Scotland Yard.

What was the screech owl’s original name?

Screech owls are typical owls (Strigidae) belonging to the genus Megascops. The species name Kennicotti was created in honour of American explorer and naturalist Robert Kennicotti. It was officially called Kennicott’s Owl. Twenty-one living species are known at present, but new ones are frequently recognized and unknown ones are still being discovered on a regular basis, especially in the Andes. They are restricted to the Americas.

Who is a vegivore?

A vegivore is a person who craves or has a special fondness for vegetables. This need not be because the person has an aversion to eating meat but solely due to an intense craving for vegetables. To a vegivore, meat products may only seem like an accompaniment to add flavour to the dish. He/she will find the vegetable dish more satiating than the meat dish.

What is a webisode?

A webisode is a single push technology episode. A webisode can be a preview or promotion of aparticularTV show, music, video or other showpresented on a website by streaming videos or other techniques. Some sites are dedicated to presenting webisodes.Inshort,webisodes are the episodes that we watch on the web. It is formed by a combination of two words:’Web’ and ‘episode’. A webisode creates a web series, a series of episodes released via internet or mobile cellular devices.

Who is a Twude and who is a Twidette?

A Twude is a person who is rude on twitter while a Twidette is a person who still hasn’t joined twitter. For tweeple (read as people) who want to know more such twitter-based words, an online dictionary called twittonary used extensively by tweeters, is available.

What is the difference between an attorney general and solicitor general?

The attorney general of India is the Indian government’s chief legal adviser, and its primary lawyer in dealing with the Supreme Court

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