The love of money is the root of all evil
Tennis “Love” and the Love of Tennis
A novice tennis fan wouldn’t be blamed for being confused about who’s winning a match—an understanding of the language of tennis scores is needed to appreciate the game! Unlike soccer, basketball, and baseball, which simply count points for every goal, basket, and run, tennis has a scoring system (and lexicon) all its own. At the beginning of the game, when both sides have no score, …
What is the “seven” in “7 UP?” What is the “root” in “root beer?”
Root beer and 7 Up are carbonated, sweetened beverages with peculiar names. What root is found in root beer? Burdock? Daikon? And what does the “7” represent? Good luck? The primary flavor of root beer was originally made using the root (or bark) of the sassafras plant. Sassafras is native to the Americas and was supposedly discovered by the Spanish in 1528. It is believed …
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