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Ælfric, in his Old English glossary, defines the Latin word unicornis (although, being a glossary, I'm not sure this counts for the purpose of the question): unicornis anhyrne deor; þæt deor hæfð ænne horn bufan ðam twam eagum swa strangne and swa scearpne, þæt he fyht wið ðone mycclan ylp and hine oft gewundað on ðære wambe oð deað. He hatte eac rinoceron ...


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Norse myth associates the east with evil... From the Voluspa, 1999 Larrington translation: From the east falls, from poison valleys a river of knives and swords, Cutting it is called (stanza 36) In the east sat an old woman in Iron-wood and nurtured there offspring of Fenrir; a certain one of them in monstrous form will be the snatcher of the moon (...


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1889: "To Whom This May Come", a short story by Edward Bellamy, originally published in Harper's New Monthly Magazine, February 1889. An 1898 reprint is available at Project Gutenberg. Plot summary from Science-Fiction: The Early Years by Everett F. Bleiler: An island in the Indian Ocean. The protagonist is shipwrecked on an unknown island peopled by ...


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I don't know what the earliest use of telepathy in a work of fiction is, but I don't think there was much in the way of fiction about whole societies of telepaths (without which the lying thing doesn't come into play, since if you're the only telepath in the room, you can still lie) until John W. Campbell became an influential figure in science fiction. ...


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According to the Metzler Lexikon literartischer Symbole ("Metzler Lexicon of Literary Symbols"), edited by Günter Butzer and Joachim Jacob (Stuttgart: J. B. Metzler, 2012), the east has been a symbol for three things: salvation, barbarism and the uncivilised, threat. Three real-world phenomena contributed to these meanings: the association of ...


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The hymen is a thin membrane which covers the entrance to the vagina. It can be broken during the first time a woman has penetrative intercourse, but that is not the only way. The hymen is not physically shaped the same way in every female body — it can be larger, smaller, or have several holes instead of one. It can be broken by vigorous physical activity,...


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In Ancient Greece the East (Anatolia, the "Orient") was stereotyped as a place of richness, wealth, immorality, power, luxury - the opposite of a more austere and humble life, but more virtuous, that the non-Anatolian (western) Greeks would live. Anatolia had rich states (Lydia) and its wealth came also to the Greek cities nearby. The oldest reference I know ...


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