If you’re about to get on a plane, what should you do--and avoid doing--to assure a safe flight? What does it mean if you see an ambulance zoom by? And is a black cat always unlucky? Though we may say we don’t believe in superstitions, they have an unmistakable power...and to be on the safe side, most of us secretly knock wood, don’t walk under ladders, and avoid opening that umbrella indoors. Broken up into categories such as animals, astrology, dreams, and flowers, this fascinating dictionary will alert you to thousands of beliefs, omens, and proverbs that you may never have known. Here’s just a few: * A dog hiding under a table means a storm is brewing. * To see an image of your f...
This introduction to Chinese and Western astrology puts the world--and the stars beyond--at your fingertips, allowing you to foretell the future, understand yourself and friends, read symbols, and interpret charts. With straightforward explanations and a glossary of terms, gaining important insights into your own nature is easy, whether it’s with regards to personality, appearance, behavior, work habits, love and sex, friends and partners, leisure interests, or health. Guaranteed for hours of entertainment, this pocket-sized reference might just lead to a better-balanced life. Use the valuable wisdom inside as a tool for living harmoniously with your genuine character--whatever your sign.
Diagram groups are groups consisting of spherical diagrams (pictures) over monoid presentations. They can be also defined as fundamental groups of the Squier complexes associated with monoid presentations. The authors show that the class of diagram groups contains some well-known groups, such as the R. Thompson group $F$. This class is closed under free products, finite direct products, and some other group-theoretical operations. The authors develop combinatorics on diagrams similar to the combinatorics on words. This helps in finding some structure and algorithmic properties of diagram groups. Some of these properties are new even for R. Thompson's group $F$. In particular, the authors describe the centralizers of elements in $F$, prove that it has solvable conjugacy problem, and more.
This thorough workbook provides a complete course in calligraphy, from basic alphabets and letterforms to templates, from spacing and layout to complex projects. It’s big, it’s complete, and it’s filled with the most detailed lessons on calligraphy anyone will ever need. A complete overview of the basic tools explains what each pen can do, and how inks and paints can affect the quality of the work. Several tasks are laid out for students to master: They can start with "skeleton letters,” and then gradually try more complex forms, including Rustica, Antique Uncials, and Carolingian. Prepare for a project by understanding line spacing, centering, layout, pasting up, and using color. Then, see how to make giftwrap, fashion handmade greeting cards, design posters, and copy poetry and prose.
This extraordinary reference covers witches, shamen, voodoo priests and priestesses, and oracles; provides the low-down on pentagrams, exorcisms, coven rituals, and conjuring spirits; and tells how to cast spells for protection, invisibility, and illness prevention. Illustrations.
From the perennially popular Little Giant Encyclopedia series comes Toasts & Quotes, now beautifully repackaged in a sophisticated new edition that will make a great gift. This delightful book is packed full of interesting, witty, and heartfelt sentiments for all occasions. Enhance your conversation--or any speech--with witty quotations, thoughts, and toasts on everything from marriage to alcohol, politics to civilization, cinema to computers. More than 2,000 quotes and 800 proverbs range from ancient thinkers such as Lao-Tzu and Plato to wit from modern entertainers like Letterman and Miss Piggy.