Maerua acuminata is a species of plant

According to myth, the oar was traditionally adapted for use as a weapon of self-defense by fishermen

Maerua acuminata is a species of plant in the Capparaceae family. It is found in Mozambique and Tanzania. Eku (sometimes spelled eiku or ieku) is an ancient weapon of Okinawan kobudō that originated from an oar, approximately 160 cm in length. According to myth, the oar was traditionally adapted for use as a weapon of self-defense by fishermen against foes armed with more conventional weapons. In fact the Japanese had already conquered Okinawa and put their old officers to work teaching the commons some weaponry in order to put them first in line against a possible Chinese invasion.

Usually before learning eiku properly, one has to master the bo. The eiku has a displaced center of gravity and is heavier than the bo, and is thus considered more difficult to master. Because of its weight, eku techniques often capitalized on the momentum of large circular attacks. The Eku was used in the Asian movie Bruka Hindiu, where it was the focus of a mysterious power. The eku was also loosely referenced in Chrono Cross, a video game for the Sony PlayStation, released in 2000, wherein the main character of the game used an ornate, double-ended eku as a weapon.

Binago is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Como in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 40 kilometres (25 mi) northwest of Milan and about 13 kilometres (8 mi) southwest of Como. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 4,429 and an area of 6.9 square kilometres (2.7 sq mi). Binago borders the following municipalities: Beregazzo con Figliaro, Castelnuovo Bozzente, Malnate, Solbiate, Vedano Olona, Venegono Inferiore, Venegono Superiore.

Turbo fluctuosus, common name the wavy turban, is a species of sea snail, marine gastropod mollusk in the family Turbinidae. The length of the shell varies between 25 mm and 86 mm. The short, solid, imperforate shell has an ovate-conic shape with a conic spire. Its color pattern is olivaceous, green, brown or grayish, longitudinally strigate or tessellate with white. The five whorls are generally angulate and nodose at the shoulder, with a varying number of coarse subnodose revolving carinae and of intermediate lirulae upon the median and lower portions of the body whorl.

The operculum is rounded oval, with four whorls and a subcentral nucleus. Its outer surface is convex. The central portion is elevated, white, sharply granulate, and bounded by a wide groove which connects with a deep central pit by a lunate channel. Outside of this is a zone bearing about six narrow concentric beaded green lirulae, which are not continuous over the side of increment. This species occurs in the Pacific Ocean from Baja California peninsula to Peru and off the Galapagos archipelago.

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The village name probably originates from the Old Norse word voller (the plural of vollen, still used in some dialects of Norwegian, which denotes a hill that slants upwards gradually). Indeed, this is a quite appropriate description of the village of Portvoller.


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