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Old March 6th, 2012, 01:05 AM   #12761
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"ă" is pronounced like the the "e" in the German "Rasen", or the "e" in English "shorter".
So it's like "ə".
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Old March 6th, 2012, 09:18 AM   #12762
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So it's like "ə".
Yes.
And â and î are both pronounced /ɨ/.
Can't find any examples for them though, only that you make that sound on the toilet sometimes
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Old March 7th, 2012, 12:07 AM   #12763
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*******-Nazi alphabet
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Old March 7th, 2012, 12:13 AM   #12764
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Not mentioning probably our best - Pičín, translating beautifully as C*ntville.
Why there are so many funny surnames and village names in Czech republic? Just call it by its German name.
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Old March 7th, 2012, 12:27 AM   #12765
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joke aside, I happen to personally know this guy, Gianni Nazzi. he's Friulian writer.
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Old March 7th, 2012, 12:31 AM   #12766
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What a coincidence. I've never heard of him before.
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Old March 7th, 2012, 11:52 AM   #12767
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Why there are so many funny surnames and village names in Czech republic? Just call it by its German name.
It never hurts to have something to laugh about, does it? (German name probably wouldn't be much of a help in this case - Pitschin.)
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Old March 7th, 2012, 06:30 PM   #12768
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Wow, I'm Friulan and I didn't know it before... I'm surprised it has a page on en.wiki but not on it.wiki.
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In real life, electronic toll collection was first introduced in Bergen, Norway in 1986, and well into the 21th century many countries still struggle to implement it.
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Old March 7th, 2012, 07:44 PM   #12769
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I guess you won't be very happy when you will see this while driving:



Other funny road pics:





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Old March 7th, 2012, 11:46 PM   #12770
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Wow, I'm Friulan and I didn't know it before... I'm surprised it has a page on en.wiki but not on it.wiki.
it has fur.wiki though.
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Old March 8th, 2012, 08:45 PM   #12771
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7500 year old figurine of a woman found near Krakow in Poland during archeological digs for northern bypass of Krakow.

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Old March 9th, 2012, 01:12 AM   #12772
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Are they sure it's that old?
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Old March 9th, 2012, 02:17 AM   #12773
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Well, we've got this for a national relic, so why not?
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Old March 9th, 2012, 03:08 AM   #12774
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Romania's got a few of these. I don't know which one is the oldest but the most famous is "the thinker" and his "girlfriend" found around the Danube Delta belonging to the Hamangia culture around 5200BC so a little over 7000 years old.


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And then there is the Cucuteni-Trypillian culture from Moldova and Ukraine which left behind a ton of its rubbish including remnants of cities some of which had as many as 15000 inhabitants and lived in huts with an internal fireplace and even a second floor, all around 5000BC to 3000BC. These cites are some of the oldest in the world almost as old as Jerico and Catal Huyuk. Wiki

Archeologists have found hundreds of these Venus figurines.


Some assume this is a toy but at 7000 years old is one of the oldest representations of the wheel.


And there is a lot more pictures at the source website of more amazing art and figurines including clay models of their homes, animal motifs on pottery, and even the styles of clothes they wore. The site is in Spanish but you can google translate it. http://terraeantiqvae.com/profiles/blogs/cultura-de
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Old March 9th, 2012, 07:30 AM   #12775
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Well, we've got this for a national relic, so why not?
It's that old? Uh..

We also have very old findings south of Ljubljana. Paradise for archaeologists.
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Old March 9th, 2012, 10:41 AM   #12776
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7500 year old figurine of a woman found near Krakow in Poland during archeological digs for northern bypass of Krakow.

That's beautiful!

I read somewhere that recently they had to modify the project for a tunnel bypass in Valcamonica, near Brescia, because they found prehistoric graffiti on the rocks they had to dig... but they could have seen that coming: Valcamonica is full of those ancient (11.000 - 3.000 years ago) rock drawings:


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_Dr...in_Valcamonica
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Old March 9th, 2012, 12:31 PM   #12777
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Kastrati is a common Albanian surname, from Latin castrum or other Romance form. Like
It cames from 'kastër' which mean 'high' and most of the noble or rich Albanian families had that surname.Other version is 'Kastrioti'.
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Old March 9th, 2012, 10:42 PM   #12778
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Has anyone noticed that there're almost no people from China and Japan here? And such big nations.
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Old March 9th, 2012, 10:42 PM   #12779
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there's some relation between castration and "high" - the voices of castrated people become in higher tonality
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Old March 9th, 2012, 10:56 PM   #12780
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