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This article is from the Puzzles FAQ, by Chris Cole chris@questrel.questrel.com and Matthew Daly mwdaly@pobox.com with numerous contributions by others.

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Name some amazing coincidences.

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The answer to the question, "Who wrote the Bible," is, of
course, Shakespeare. The King James Version was published in
1611. Shakespeare was 46 years old then (he turned 47 later in
the year). Look up Psalm 46. Count 46 words from the beginning of
the Psalm. You will find the word "Shake." Count 46 words from
the end of the Psalm. You will find the word "Spear." An obvious
coded message. QED.

How many inches in the pole-to-pole diameter of the Earth? The
answer is almost exactly 500,000,000 inches. Proof that the inch
was defined by spacemen.

The speed of light is within 0.1% of 300,000,000 meters/second. The
meter and second were defined with respect to the size and rotation rate
of the Earth. Proof that the Earth was built by spacemen.

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How many words do the Eskimo have for snow?

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Couple of weeks ago, someone named D.K. Holm in the Boston Phoenix came up
with the list, drawn from the Inupiat Eskimo Dictionary by Webster and
Zibell, and from Thibert's English-Eskimo Eskimo-English Dictionary.

The words may remind you of generated passwords.

Eskimo      English                 Eskimo       English
---------------------------------+----------------------------
apun        snow                 |  pukak        sugar snow
apingaut    first snowfall       |  pokaktok     salt-like snow
aput        spread-out snow      |  miulik       sleet
kanik       frost                |  massak       snow mixed with water
kanigruak   frost on a           |  auksalak     melting snow
            living surface       |  aniuk        snow for melting
ayak        snow on clothes      |               into water
kannik      snowflake            |  akillukkak   soft snow
nutagak     powder snow          |  milik        very soft snow
aniu        packed snow          |  mitailak     soft snow covering an
aniuvak     snowbank             |               opening in an ice floe
natigvik    snowdrift            |  sillik       hard, crusty snow
kimaugruk   snowdrift that       |  kiksrukak    glazed snow in a thaw
            blocks something     |  mauya        snow that can be
perksertok  drifting snow        |               broken through
akelrorak   newly drifting snow  |  katiksunik   light snow
mavsa       snowdrift overhead   |  katiksugnik  light snow deep enough
            and about to fall    |               for walking
kaiyuglak   rippled surface      |  apuuak       snow patch
            of snow              |  sisuuk       avalanche

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