Surprising sentence example

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  • That was certainly a surprising turn of events!
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  • It is not surprising that we are taking awhile to get it right.
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  • "Hey," Weller said, his tone conveyed a surprising note of sympathy.
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  • "I'm going over to Howie's house," she said, surprising me.
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  • Winston crossed over to Baratto with surprising speed and grabbed him by the collar, nearly lifting him off the ground.
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  • It is a surprising and memorable, as well as valuable experience, to be lost in the woods any time.
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  • It was surprising to see how serenely he sailed off with unruffled breast when he came to the surface, doing all the work with his webbed feet beneath.
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  • Fumago, Antennaria is not surprising, and the leaves of limes are often black with them.
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  • It is a tale that history repeats with surprising consistency.
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  • Fred asked, surprising the government agent.
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  • The book had a surprising success.
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  • Considering the wide differences between the two groups in the size and external characters, and in the mode of life, including the mode of feeding, it is indeed surprising that in every important organ the two groups should show a fundamental morphological identity.
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  • This last version would not be surprising if we relied upon the following portrait, sketched by a person who knew him intimately: - "Simple in his tastes, never thinking of himself, constantly preoccupied about others, supremely kind, he did not and would not recognize such a thing as evil.
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  • The tropics of Cancer and Capricorn cut off with surprising precision (the latter somewhat less so) the tropical from the north and south temperate zones..
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  • 3); and if it is surprising that the Samaritans and other opponents, who had previously waited to address Artaxerxes (Ezra iv.
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  • Duluth, on Lake Superior, is, surprising to say, the second port in the United States in point of tonnage.
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  • Nor is it surprising that the hotheads among them, fired by the example of Jukic and other would-be assassins of Varesanin, Cuvaj and Skerlecz, should have indulged in terrorist projects.
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  • In the first hybrid generation formed by the union of the reproductive germs of the positive variety (that possessing the structural character selected for observation) with those of the negative variety, it is not surprising that all or nearly all the individuals were found to exhibit, as a result of the mixture, the positive character.
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  • In view of his attitude before annexation, it was not surprising that Kruger should be one of the first men to agitate against it afterwards.
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  • It is not surprising when these characteristics of Lamartine's work are appreciated to find that his fame declined with singular rapidity in France.
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  • It needs some temerity to differ from so great an authority as Dr Guest, but it strikes one as surprising that, having accepted the fact of a bridge made by the Britons, he should deny that these Britons possessed a town or village in the place to which he supposes that Aulus Plautius retired.
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  • This makes it surprising to learn that there were two separate houses of this order in the near neighbourhood of London.
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  • The peculiar merits of the Venetian manufacture are the elegance of form and the surprising lightness and thinness of the substance of the vessels produced.
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  • But as he was unacquainted with the law of the velocities of running water as depending upon the depth of the orifice, the want of precision which appears in his results is not surprising.
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  • The early existence of an accurate system of dating is not surprising; it was necessitated by the fact that Babylonia was a great trading community, in which it was not only needful that commercial and legal documents should be dated, but also that it should be possible to refer easily to the dates of former business transactions.
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  • The development of astronomy implies considerable progress in mathematics; it is not surprising, therefore, that the Babylonians should have invented an extremely simple method of ciphering or have discovered the convenience of the duodecimal system.
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  • It is therefore not surprising that scholars should differ considerably in the reading of Sumerian names, where we have not helps at our command as for Babylonian and Assyrian names.
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  • In view of the vast difficulty of the task before him at his succession it is less surprising that he failed to carry out his ideas than that he accomplished so much.
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  • Thus it is not surprising that Pisa should already have had its own code of laws (Consuetudini di mare), which in 1075 were approved by Gregory VII., and in 1081 confirmed by a patent from the emperor Henry IV., a document which mentions for the first time the existence of a magistrate analogous to the consuls of the republic, although the latter, according to some writers, already existed in Pisa as early as the year 1080; the point, however, is doubtful, and other writers place the first authentic mention of the consuls in the year 1094.1 The oldest of Pisan statutes still extant is the Breve dei consoli di mare of 1162.
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  • The "two" were Charles and Alfred (whose contributions predominated), and who shared the surprising profits, X20.
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  • ,Even this wealth of detail, remarkable as it was, seemed less surprising than the fact that the weaver had succeeded in producing the effect of atmosphere and aerial perspective.
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  • The record of the journey across Africa, with its surprising anticipations of subsequent discoveries, yields in interest to no work of the kind known to us; and the semipiratical Quaker who accompanies Singleton in his buccaneering expeditions is a most life-like character.
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  • The formulae of the group of substances last mentioned are in harmony with the ordinary views of chemists as to valency, but the formulae NaHg 2, NaCd 2, NaT1 2, AuAl 2 are more surprising.
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  • It is not, therefore, surprising that when Pausanias was recalled to Sparta on the charge of treasonable overtures to the Persians, the Ionian allies appealed to the Athenians on the grounds of kinship and urgent necessity, and that when Sparta sent out Dorcis to supersede Pausanias he found Aristides in unquestioned command of the allied fleet.
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  • It is the more surprising that in the whole of its territory no inscriptions, either Greek or Latin, have ever been found, those that are recorded by some writers being fabrications.
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  • It is thus rather surprising to find that in the earliest preserved MSS.
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  • It seems now surprising that vague counting by generations should so long have prevailed and satisfied the wants of inquiring men, and that so simple, precise and seemingly obvious a plan as counting by years, the largest natural division of time, did not occur to any investigator before Eratosthenes.
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  • It is therefore not surprising to find the warlike and mobile Yue-Chi following the same road and taking fragments of Persian and Greek civilization with them.
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  • Yet it may be thought that the usual instinct of the " diggingwasps " to capture and store up food in an underground burrow for the benefit of offspring which they will never see is even more surprising.
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  • It is still more surprising that the soldiers should have quietly submitted to a reduction in the amount of the donative or gift which it was customary for them to receive from a new emperor, though the civil population of the capital were paid their largess (congiarium) in full.
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  • All things considered, it is not surprising that he was able, without serious opposition from the army, entirely to remodel the military institutions of the empire, and to bring them into a shape from which there was comparatively little departure so long as the army lasted.
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  • Considering the accuracy of these measures (an accuracy far surpassing that of any other contemporary observations), it is somewhat surprising that this form of micrometer was never systematically used in any sustained or important astronomical researches, although a number of instruments of the kind were made by Dollond.
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  • 2 It is somewhat surprising that, after Kaiser's investigations, observers should continue, as many have done, to discuss their observations with this instrument as if the screw-value were constant for all angles.
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  • If Luther, who above all others had the religious issue ever before him, attacks the Church as a source of worldly disorder, it is not surprising that his contemporary Ulrich von Hutten should take a purely secular view of the issues involved.
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  • It is surprising to observe how early the Christian Church assumed the form of a state, and how speedily upon entering into its momentous alliance with the Roman imperial government under Constantine it acquired the chief of the and rerc prerogatives it v'as so long to retain.
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  • It was probably these closing reflections which led to the translation of the theses from Latin into German, and their surprising circulation.
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  • It is not, therefore, surprising that there should have been a vigorous reaction.
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  • The extension of state activity presents some surprising features in view of the strength of local self-sufficiency nurtured by the old system of township government.
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  • A deal of study has been devoted to the cunning Tubal Cains, the surprising productions of whose handiwork have been recovered in the art provinces of Mexico and the Cordilleras, especially in Chiriqui, between Costa Rica and Colombia.
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  • Living at the time he did, when the doctrines of the humoral pathologists were carried to an extreme extent, and witnessing the ravages which disease made on the solid structures of the body, it was not surprising that he should oppose a doctrine which appeared to him to lead to a false practice and to fatal results, and adopt one which attributed more to the agency of the solids and very little to that of the fluids of the body.
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  • An appendix that gives some account of the "Pigskin Library" which he carried with him for daily reading in the heart of Africa is a surprising exposition of the wide range of his reading.
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  • It was only to be expected that the Germans, whose very existence was in question, should show themselves to be patriotic. But it was somewhat surprising that at Prague, after the declaration of war, Germans and Czechs sang Die TV acht am Rhein together in the streets, and the burgomaster, a Czech, made a speech in German before the town hall in which he called for cheers for the Emperor William and the fraternization of Germans and Czechs.
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  • It is Only surprising that in 1912 the reaction already showed itself sharply in Austria.
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  • 9 Hence it is not surprising to meet in them evidence of foreign communications.
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  • Considering the small size of Geneva, till recently,it is surprising how many celebrated persons have been connected with it as natives or as residents.
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  • It was about this period that he displayed surprising talents in deciphering the intercepted letters and papers of the Royalists.
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  • In the spring of 1843 the duc d'Aumale had an opportunity of surprising the smala (camp) of Abd-el-Kader near Taguin.
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  • That the figures symbolic of Rakab or Hadad were compounded or amalgamated by the Israelites with those symbolic of Nergal (the lion-god) and Ninib (the eagle-god), is not surprising.
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  • Considering the imprisonment of the ostracod body within the valves, it is more surprising that the Asteropidae and Cypridinidae should have a pair of compound and sometimes large eyes, in addition to the e median organ at the base of I the " frontal tentacle," than 6 that other members of the group should be limited to P that median organ of sight, or have no eyes at all.
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  • A peculiar feature of his translation is his excessive use of transliteration, but, apart from this, his work has many points of contact with the Septuagint, which it closely resembles in style; hence it is not surprising to find that later MSS.
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  • It is therefore not surprising, though a piece of great good fortune, that there should be still extant a list of the New Testament books that may be roughly dated from the end of the century.
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  • Seeing the good reasons for this digit having been exported to the West from Egypt--from the presence of the 18.23 cubit in Egypt, and from the 0.729 digit being the decimal base of the Greek long measures--it is not surprising to find it in use in Italy as a digit, and multiplied by 16 as a foot.
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  • In a ruler of his character it is not surprising that the Revolution and its developments had produced an unconquerable suspicion of constitutional principles and methods, which the Liberal agitations in Germany tended to increase.
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  • On this side in later monasteries we invariably find the chapterhouse, the absence of which in this plan is somewhat surprising.
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  • As the St Lawrence invited the earliest settlers to Canada and gave the easiest communication with the Old World, it is not surprising to find the wealthiest and most populous part of the country on its shores and near the Great Lakes which it leads up to; and this early development was greatly helped by the flat and fertile plain which follows it inland for over 600 m.
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  • Considering the complexity of the subject it is not surprising that the efforts to connect theoretically the possible periods of the atom considered as a vibrating system have met with no considerable success.
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  • Among other ornaments we may mention hairpins, rings and ear-rings, and especially buckles which are often of elaborate workmanship. Bracelets and necklets are not very common, a fact which is rather surprising, as in early times, before the issuing of a coinage, these articles (beagas) took the place of money to a large extent.
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  • The somewhat surprising degree of wealth and artistic skill of which many of even the earliest antiquities give evidence is probably to be explained by the importance of the amber trade.
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  • Hence it is not so surprising as might at first sight appear that the remote Aestii, a non-Teutonic people settled about the mouth of the Vistula, are represented by Tacitus as keener agriculturists than any of the other inhabitants of Germany.
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  • The surprising thing is that, although Rome was then included within the empire of the Franks, so that the popes were afforded special opportunities for activity, they showed for the most part no eagerness to strengthen their authority over the clergy beyond the Alps.
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  • Yet it is surprising - and scarcely excusable - that Nicholas, while selecting the men whom he considered necessary for his literary work, passed over much which ought to have aroused grave suspicion in his mind.
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  • It is not surprising therefore, to find that at least as early as the middle of the 13th century the commercial side of knighthood became very prominent.
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  • Johns (1771-1845), in George Street, Manchester, where his daily round of laboratory work and tuition was broken only by annual excursions to the Lake district and occasional visits to London, "a surprising place and well worth one's while to see once, but the most disagreeable place on earth for one of a contemplative turn to reside in constantly."
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  • In view of the fact that the presence of 1% of carbon implies that 15% of the soft ductile ferrite is replaced by the glass-hard cementite, it is not surprising that even a little carbon influences the properties of the metal so profoundly.
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  • The tenacity or tensile strength increases till the carbon-content reaches about 1.25%, and the cementite about 19%, and then in turn falls, a result by no means surprising.
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  • Now in the series of operations, the blastfurnace, puddling and crucible processes, through which the iron passes from the state of ore to that of crucible tool steel, it is so difficult to detect just which are the conditions essential to excellence in the final product that, once a given procedure has been found to yield excellent steel, every one of its details is adhered to by the more cautious ironmasters, often with surprising conservatism.
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  • Hence the progressive increase which has occurred in the size of converters, until now some of them can treat a 20-ton charge, is not surprising.
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  • On the other hand, grammatical and constructional examples may be cited from other more modern agglutinative idioms, in order to establish the truly linguistic character of the Sumerian peculiarities and to disprove the Halevyan contentions that Sumerian is really not a language at a11.4 It is not surprising that Halevy's view as to the cryptographic nature of Sumerian should have arisen.
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  • For about a couple of years his reputation and practice increased to a surprising extent.
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  • This is not very surprising, if the values in the following table are compared :- Conductivity of Forbes's Iron Bar D - (1 25 inches square).
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  • Finally, the psychology of Hobbes, though too undeveloped to guide the thoughts or even perhaps arrest the attention of Locke, when essaying the scientific analysis of knowledge, came in course of time (chiefly through James Mill) to be connected with the theory of associationism developed from within the school of Locke, in different ways, by Hartley and Hume; nor is it surprising that the later associationists, finding their principle more distinctly formulated in the earlier thinker, should sometimes have been betrayed into affiliating themselves to Hobbes rather than to Locke.
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  • Surveying these positions, we shall not be astonished to find much that is surprising and some things that are contradictory in Pascal's utterances on "les grands sujets."
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  • The Vandal king Genseric, however, after all overtures of peace had been rejected, succeeded through the treachery of certain officers in surprising the Roman fleet, most of the ships being either taken or destroyed.
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  • Both branches of administration have undergone a surprising development, especially since the reduction of the postal rates.
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  • It is not surprising therefore that Maximilian hated the new body, to the establishment of which he had only consented under great pressure.
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  • Under such disheartening conditions it is not surprising that this body was totally unable to cope with Sickingens insurrection, and that a few weeks after its meeting at Nuremberg in 1524 it succumbed to a series of attacks and disappeared from the history of Germany.
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  • It is not surprising that a cry, louder than ever, now arose for his dismissal.
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  • It is therefore not surprising that, having so little freedom in the exercise of their command, all the princes and free cities (with the exception of the three kings) arranged separate treaties with the king of Prussia, transferring to him (except for certain formal rights) the administration of their contingents, which are thereby definitely incorporated in the Prussian army.
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  • With this great mass of material collected, sifted and edited by scholars of the highest standing it is not surprising that modern works on the history of Germany are stupendous in number and are generally of profound learning, and this in spite of the fact that some German historian.sGregorovius, Pauli and Lappenberg, for examplehave devoted their time to researches into the history of foreign lands.
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  • That, to be sure, on calm reflection, is not so very surprising.
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  • On the other hand it must be remembered that the patron deity of a Greek state had very wide functions; and it is not surprising to find that Hera (whatever her origin may have been) assumed an agricultural character among her own people whose occupations were largely agricultural.
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  • They are fatalists, and bear calamities with surprising resignation.
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  • It is not surprising that a few generations later the high priests of~ Ammon supplanted the Pharaohs altogether and founded a dynasty of their own.
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  • It is not surprising that the chemical substances produced in it by the decomposition of its living material should not be of a nature indifferent for muscular life.
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  • Hence it is not surprising that often the refreshment, the recuperation, obtained from and felt after sleep induced by a drug amounts to nothing, or to worse than nothing.
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  • The religious atmosphere of Ganja, besides, was most favourable to such a state of mind; the inhabitants, being zealous Sunnites, allowed nobody to dwell among them who did not come up to their standard of orthodoxy, and it is therefore not surprising to find that Nizami abandoned himself at an early age to a stern ascetic life, as full of intolerance to others as dry and unprofitable to himself.
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  • The instructions given to them by the emperor were as follows: - they were to procure and peruse all the writings of all the authorized jurists (those who had enjoyed the jus respondendi); were to extract from these writings whatever was of most permanent and substantial value, with power to change the expressions of the author wherever conciseness or clearness would be thereby promoted, or wherever such a change was needed in order to adapt his language to the condition of the law as it stood in Justinian's time; were to avoid repetitions and contradictions by giving only one statement of the law upon each point; were to insert nothing at variance with any provision contained in the Codex constitutionum; and were to distribute the results of their labours into fifty books, subdividing each book into titles, and following generally the order of the Perpetual Edict.2 These directions were carried out with a speed which is surprising when we remember not only that the work was interrupted by the terrible insurrection which broke out in Constantinople in January 532, and which led to the temporary retirement from office of Tribonian, but also that the mass of literature which had to be read through consisted of no less than two thousand treatises, comprising three millions of sentences.
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  • Prosecutions were few in number, which is surprising considering the length and magnitude of the war.
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  • When, on the conclusion of peace, the church-people of Connecticut sent Dr Samuel Seabury to England, with a request to the archbishop of Canterbury to consecrate him, it is not surprising that Archbishop Moore refused.
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  • It is not surprising, therefore, that they have been regarded as the rudiments of leaves.
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  • Excepting where the thallus is impregnated with silica, as in Diatomaceae, or carbonate of lime, as in Corallinaceae,Characeae and some Siphonales, it is perhaps not surprising that algae should not have been extensively preserved in the fossil form.
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  • In painting there is the famous portrait of Hieronymus Holtzschuher at Berlin, in which the personality and general aspect of the sitter assert themselves with surprising power.
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  • It may seem surprising that there is no mention of Golgotha and the Sepulchre.
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  • This, however, did not lead him to doubt the truth of those reported by others - a fact that is somewhat surprising when we reflect that the phenomenon caused him much disquiet and perplexity.
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  • In such a condition of affairs it is hardly surprising to find that the great and stern Teacher congratulates the poor and has nothing but pity for the rich; that He has no interest at all in comfort or property.
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  • Similarly, the surprising damascening by Messrs Zuluaga of Madrid in the monument to General Prim, and that of Alvarez of Toledo, give hope that the Spanish craftsman only needs to be properly directed.
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  • The numerous invasions p g have naturally introduced a certain amount of foreign blood among the tribes fringing the Mediterranean, but those farther inland have preserved their racial purity to a surprising degree.
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  • Yet such is the rather surprising fact.
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  • It is even surprising to find among the leading men so few of the house of Hashim, the nearest family of the Prophet.
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  • We have seen how closely the serpent is associated with water generally (§ 5 seq.), and since we meet with the belief that sources will dry up when the serpent-occupant is killed (Bechuanas, Zulus), or that they will resent impurities thrown into their springs by causing storms (tribes of the Hindu-Kush), it is not surprising to find elaborate precautions for the propitiation of such powerful beings.
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  • The Bosnians had crossed by nine o'clock, surprising and driving back the small detachment watching the bridge.
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  • That Beowulf is concerned with the deeds of a foreign hero is less surprising than it seems at first sight.
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  • When we recollect that the Ethiopian Tearchus (Tirhaka) of the 7th century B.C., who was hopelessly worsted by the Assyrians and scarcely ventured outside the Nile valley, was credited by Megasthenes (4th century) and Strabo with having extended his conquests as far as India and the pillars of Hercules, it is not surprising if the dim figures of antiquity were magnified to a less degree.
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  • The subjects correspond so well with those of Cmdmon's poetry as described by B2eda that it is not surprising that Junius, in his edition, published in 1655, unhesitatingly attributed the poems to him.
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  • It is not surprising that he should detect many flaws, but he never fails co exaggerate an error, and seems sometimes completely to miss the point of what Bacon says.
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  • Primary and secondary senses of the term between them cover so much ground that it is not surprising to find taboo used in Polynesia as a name for the whole system of religion, founded as it largely is on prohibitions and abstinences.
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  • This accounts for the surprising meteorological data obtained from Punta Arenas, in 53° 10' S., where the mean annual temperature is 43-2° and the annual rainfall only 22.5 in.
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  • But when the revolt of the younger Cyrus against his brother (401 B.C.) had demonstrated the surprising ease and rapidity with which a courageous army could penetrate into the heart of the empirewhen the whole force of that empire had proved powerless, not only to prevent some 12,000 Greek troops, completely surrounded, cut off from their communications, and deprived through treachery of their leaders, from escaping to the coast, but even to make a serious attack on themthen, indeed, the imperial impotence became manifest.
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  • It may appear surprising that the Arsacids made no attempt to incorporate the minor states in the empire and create a great and united dominion, such as existed under the Achaemenids and was afterwards restored by the Sassanids.
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  • That the result was disastrous to the shah is not surprising, but the war seems to hold a comparatively unimportant place in the annals of Turkey.
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  • It is not surprising, therefore, that even in the 2nd century the disciples of Marcion diverged in several directions.
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  • On the 16th Sprengtporten succeeded in surprising Sveaborg.
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  • Among the most surprising features of cave scenery are the vertical shafts that pierce through all levels, from the uppermost galleries, or even from the sink-holes, down to the lowest floor.
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  • The wealth of crystals is, however, surprising, and these are of endless variety and fantastic beauty.
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  • In ethics, if there is no novelty of doctrine, there is a surprising change in the mode of its application.
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  • Marvellous as has been the transformation in the city itself, no less surprising results have been effected since 1875 in the surroundings of Berlin.
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  • It is not surprising, therefore, to find that he fails altogether to present a clear and coherent picture of the history and working of the Roman constitution, or that his handling of intricate questions of policy is weak and inadequate.
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  • It disappeared, however, with surprising rapidity.
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  • He traced the influence of induction to surprising distances, magnetizing needles in the lower story of a house through several intervening floors by means of electrical discharges in the upper story, and also by the secondary current in a wire 220 ft.
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  • It is not surprising that quarrels broke out between the bishops and the citizens, and the latter espoused the cause of the emperor Henry IV., while the former joined the emperor's foes.
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  • It is not, therefore, surprising to find that he exerted his influence in several quarters with the view to obtaining the honours of a public coronation.
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  • Although Mary had doubtless a short infatuation for Darnley, the union was mainly due to political motives, and in view of the characters of bride and bridegroom it is not surprising that trouble soon arose between them.
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  • Not in his actual conclusions, though many of these point with surprising accuracy in the direction of truths established by later generations, but in the soundness, the wisdom, the tenacity of his methods lies his great title to glory.
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  • If he were serious, it can only be said that the desperation of his circumstances had momentarily troubled the lucidity of his understanding; if the pamphlet were merely intended as a feeler after public opinion, it is surprising that he did not perceive how irretrievably he was ruining his friends in the eyes of all moderate men.
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  • The power of minute observation displayed is most remarkable, as also in Polite Conversation (written in 1731, published in 1738), a surprising assemblage of the vulgarities and trivialities current in ordinary talk.
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  • On the other hand, it requires only a very slight acquaintance with the state of the drama in France at the time to see that these works, poor as they may now seem, must have struck the spectators as something new and surprising.
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  • But Theodore is perhaps the most surprising of literary anomalies.
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  • Constant pressure being granted, constant leakage is inevitable, and being constant it is not surprising that its total amount often exceeds the aggregate of the much greater, but shorter, draughts of water taken for various household purposes.
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  • It is not surprising that Bell should have viewed his results with exultation.
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  • It is surprising that the adulterous pair succeeded in maintaining themselves in power for so long, since the ignominy of the situation was evident.
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  • Here Henry vindicated his military reputation Agn.nue~ by winning a victory even more surprising than those of Crecy, and Poitiers, for he was outnumbered in an even greater proportion than the two Edwards had been in 1346 and 1356,
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  • Later generations have learned by repeated experience that the eloquence of Hyde Park orators is not the voice of England; there were some even then-among those not immediately responsible for keeping orderwho urged the government to ti-ust the people;l but with the object-lesson of France before them it is not altogether surprising that ministers refused to believe ih the harmlessness of societies, which not only kept up a fraternal correspondence with the National Convention and the Jacobi.
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  • In the circumstances it is not surprising that the spirit of unrest grew apace.
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  • It was not surprising, in such circumstances, that the earlier months of the war should have been memorable for a series of exasperating reverses.
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  • Under such conditions of warfare between the ocean and the river, it is not surprising that the former is rapidly eating away the coast and that the vast volume of silt carried by the Amazon finds it impossible to build up a delta.
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  • Sheridan's speech in the House of Commons upon the charge relative to the begums of Oude probably excelled anything that Burke achieved, as a dazzling performance abounding in the most surprising literary and rhetorical effects.
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  • Between the deposition and the death of Louis the war had run a surprising course.
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  • It is not surprising that this somewhat complicated and delicately balanced view of the relations of " good " and " pleasure " was not long maintained within the Platonic school, and that under Speusippus, Plato's successor, the main body of Platonists took up a simply anti-hedonistic position, as we learn from the polemic of Aristotle.
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  • It is therefore hardly surprising that his theory should leave the specific quality of the moral sentiments a fact still needing to be explained.
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  • Considering the extent of territory in which the language is spoken, it is not surprising that it should have several dialects.
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  • In or near Iioo B.C., Chou Kung, an able mathematician, determined with surprising accuracy the obliquity of the ecliptic; but his attempts to estimate the sun's distance failed hopelessly as being grounded on belief in the flatness of the earth.
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  • Under these disadvantageous circumstances, it is scarcely surprising that the heliocentric theory, while admired as a daring speculation, won its way slowly to acceptance as a truth.
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  • Kepler's ineradicable belief in the existence of some such congruity was derived from the Pythagorean idea of an underlying harmony in nature; but his arduous efforts for its realization took a devious and fantastic course which seemed to give little promise of their surprising ultimate success.
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  • It is not surprising that the Irish bordering on Meath should have thought De Lacy the real king of Ireland.
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  • 3 The places have retained their sacred character despite political and religious vicissitudes; they are far older than their present names, and such is the conservatism of the east that it is not surprising when, for example, a sacred tomb at Gezer stands quite close to the site of an ancient holy place, about 3000 years old, the existence of which was first made known in the course of excavation.
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  • Under a just and firm administration, which from the first was essentially civil, though the principal officials were officers of the British army, the Sudan recovered in a surprising manner from the woes it suffered during the Mandia.
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  • "Chaldaean wisdom" became among Greeks and Romans the synonym of divination through the planets and stars, and it is not surprising that in the course of time to be known as a "Chaldaean" carried with it frequently the suspicion of charlatanry and of more or less wilful deception.
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  • It is therefore not surprising that the Aeolic element grew weaker; strangers or refugees from the Ionian Colophon settled in the city, and finally Smyrna passed into the hands of the Colophonians and became the thirteenth of the Ionian states.
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  • It is therefore not surprising that he eagerly welcomed the opportunity of gaining the goodwill of Spain, and supported by all the means in his power the offer made by Marshal Prim that Prince Leopold of Hohenzollern should be chosen king of that country.
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  • He throws a flood of light upon the manners and ideas of his own age; he sometimes comments with surprising shrewdness upon the broader aspects and tendencies of history.
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  • It may appear surprising that a body containing 65% of carbon should be so largely made up of gelatinous Algae in a comparatively little altered condition, but the material is rich in bitumen, which seems to have replaced the water contained in the organisms when alive.
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  • Hence it is not surprising to find that the early Vascular Cryptograms were, beyond comparison, more varied and more highly organized than their displaced and often degraded successors.
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  • It is unnecessary to trace the variations of the Upper Cretaceous flora from point to point; but the discoveries within the Arctic circle have been so surprising that attention must again be called to them.
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  • But it is not at all surprising that Isotta should have her letters written and signed by another hand, when such was by no means an uncommon practice among the princes and nobilities of her day.
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  • Some things, like not eating too fast or taking large bites, not talking with the mouth full, might be assumed, but it was surprising how many people did them – in public, even.
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  • But even more surprising was the fact that everything named Carmen as the benefactor — including his farm.
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  • Heller's surprising ability to get into the mind of a middle-aged spinster also illustrates her strong talent for imaginative empathy.
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  • Our perusal of the documents gave us some surprising explanations.
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  • Despite this, Saint just remains pragmatic, and retains a surprising respect for those who create the works he defiles.
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  • The heavily browsed acacias reacted to giraffe feeding in another, perhaps more surprising way.
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  • So a propensity for some material to sound akin to the Hollies is not quite so surprising.
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  • It is a little surprising that after 50 years of breeding, the true albino Syrian hamster has yet to occur.
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  • One of the most surprising (and, in retrospect, obvious) findings has been the large number of legitimate backdoors.
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  • This lightweight, compact backpack holds a surprising amount of gear in a small space.
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  • The first barbershop was a surprise smash; even more surprising is how good this sequel is.
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  • This in itself was not surprising, since plants normally fix CO2 in the dark using PEP carboxylase as part of their respiratory pathway.
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  • A Portuguese carrack before the wind. © NMM It is hardly surprising that the Portuguese have a rich maritime heritage.
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  • Spring migrants were represented by 2 chiffchaffs and a surprising 5 Blackcaps.
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  • It has black plastic, lots of knobs, dials and buttons, and pieces of shiny chrome sticking out at surprising angles.
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  • Some of our findings have been surprising and somewhat counterintuitive.
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  • Even more surprising is the absence of awards for ' Emperor ', the doyen of yellow trumpet daffodils.
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  • These results reveal either a surprising ignorance by caterers of what they are producing or a reckless disregard for what constitutes a healthy meal.
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  • Chancellor Brown a tax fixated, somewhat dour, middle-aged man has shown himself in a surprising light.
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  • I answered ridiculous questions about how I thought the press would cover the event with surprising equanimity.
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  • This vintage has surprising finesse despite a hefty whack of alcohol (14.5 per cent ).
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  • None of which would be very surprising had not the pass rate for A-level geography this year been something just over 100% .
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  • He was a churchman in Alfred's employ, so it is not surprising that he wrote more hagiography than biography.
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  • Less surprising is the finding that computer illiteracy rises with age.
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  • There are some holes in the story, however, which isn't really surprising considering the fairly liberal use of sharp objects.
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  • I measured 200 lux, which, compared with Ankara's 3000 lux was to say the least, a little surprising.
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  • We have managed to explain, and quantify, the origin of the surprising negative gradient of the bulk modulus in this model.
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  • Perhaps the most surprising sighting of the day was that of an Indian mongoose dashing across the road.
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  • Experiments into solar neutrinos finds a surprising deficit in the number produced.
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  • However there are several surprising omissions in most existing compilations.
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  • Perhaps a useful target for the year 2020 would be to have no more than about 1 in 100 children born with surprising paternity.
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  • This provides a much more sporting character and in some ways is surprising that it has not also percolated into at least the ZR.
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  • Quasicrystals are surprising because the arrangement of their atoms is regular but not periodic.
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  • The Design Enterprise IG created a store that felt playful, distinctive and surprising.
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  • Nutritional or simply surprising facts - cocoa pods are about the size of American footballs.
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  • And despite its slightly portly girth, the S-type exhibits a surprising turn of speed.
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  • It is not surprising for the eastern potentate is the model for God.
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  • Quite often, these results are completely surprising and strongly deviate from theoretical predictions.
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  • Next Exit is in turn humorous, touching surprising and emotionally resonant.
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  • It's not surprising Gordon Brown is calling for wage restraint from public sector workers.
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  • It's not surprising that large retinues of staff are required to run these great houses.
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  • C onclusion That Trisha employs interrogatory rhetoric in order to push her guests into personal confessions is not a surprising discovery.
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  • The final result can be quite surprising if you are expecting the smoothness of bossa - nova or the inconsequential frivolity of carnival samba.
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  • Their specialty is a dark cryptic sarcasm that encases a surprising core belief in the power of love.
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  • Not surprising, then, that the number of commercial sealers has approximately doubled over the last ten years.
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  • In largely secular societies, it is not surprising that the concept of blessings has dwindled.
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  • The fact that the naturalism of this art remained selective is perhaps less surprising than it appears at first sight.
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  • It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness.
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  • The most surprising sighting was a European shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis swimming past the reefs.
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  • This being the UK premiere of the current US box-office smash, it's hardly surprising.
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  • A few odd starfish were relocated in the sea and a surprising amount of coal was found.
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  • One surprising omission is the lack of any mention of triple superphosphate.
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  • The number of European objects contained in the collections is also perhaps surprising.
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  • Given that they aim to appeal to members of both of the major communities, this is perhaps scarcely surprising.
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  • In the few cases where I could check their sources something rather surprising came up.
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  • Viewed in that light, Paterson's sudden departure from the Bank seems less surprising.
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  • The extras are actually really good, surprising in a time when most DVDs pad themselves out with useless tat.
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  • The other surprising technicality is that modern LED lights arguably do not comply with the relevant British Standard.
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  • Not surprising given the the amount of sport on tv, especially the Olympics with events televised at all hours of the day.
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  • Quite surprising as I didn't get to sleep til really early and I was working last night.
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  • In the circumstances, it is not surprising that there is an apparent discrepancy between theoretical and actual tonnages of SBO products.
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  • To one unacquainted with the character of the schooner, the proceedings of her crew must have seemed unaccountable as well as surprising.
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  • It is not surprising, therefore, that comparatively little of the rainfall over the vast extent of the great central plain ever reaches the sea by way of the river systems; indeed these systems as usually shown on the maps leave a false impression as to the actual condition of things.
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  • Gibbon has criticized it with the utmost frankness, not to say severity; but, after every abatement, it is unquestionably a surprising effort for a mind so young, and contains many thoughts which would not have disgraced a thinker or a scholar of much maturer age.
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  • He was guided in turn by the inconsistent advice of Schmerling, Rechberg, Mensdorff, not to mention more obscure counsellors, and it is not surprising that Austria was repeatedly outmatched and outwitted by Prussia.
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  • Nor is this surprising when we consider the marvellous skill of Continental and especially German taxidermists, many of whom have elevated their profession to a height of art inconceivable to most Englishmen, who are only acquainted with the miserable mockery of Nature which is the most sublime result of all but a few " bird-stuffers."
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  • It would not be at all surprising if, in the great movements of populations and shifting of ascendancy which lie beyond our historical horizon, the worship of Yahweh should have been established in regions remote from those which it occupied in historical times; but nothing which we now know warrants the opinion that his worship was ever general among the Western Semites.
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  • It is therefore not surprising to find that many peoples on the lower planes of culture respect and even worship animals (see Totem; Animal Worship); though we need not attribute an animistic origin to all the developments, it is clear that the widespread respect paid to animals as the abode of dead ancestors, and much of the cult of dangerous animals, is traceable to this principle.
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  • The following is an extreme case: - The surprising fact that the degree of segregation does not increase greatly either with the slowness of solidification or with the size of the ingot, at least between the limits of 5 in.
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  • The gods had their ha and bai, and the forms attributed to the latter are surprising; thus we read that the soul of the sky Nun is Re, that of Osiris the Goat of Mendes, the souls of Sobk are crocodiles, and those of all the gods are makes; similarly the soul of Ptah was thought to dwell in the Apis bull, so that each successive Apis was during its lifetime the reincarnation of the god.
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  • In view of these differences (amounting almost to an antinomy of paradoxes) in interpretation, it is not surprising to find that recent years have witnessed a violent reaction in some quarters against Hegelian influence.
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  • This accounts for the surprising meteorological data obtained from Punta Arenas, in 53° 10' S., where the mean annual temperature is 43-2° and the annual rainfall only 22.5 in.
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  • The revival gave Edwards an opportunity of studying the process of conversion in all its phases and varieties, and he recorded his observations with psychological minuteness and discrimination in A Faithful Narrative of the Surprising Work of God in the Conversion of Many Hundred Souls in Northampton (1737).
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  • For I was 10th at first dash to tell you that I had lately received a letter from him so surprising to me for the inconsistency of every part of it, as to be put into great disorder by it, from the concernment I have for him, lest it should arise from that which of all mankind I should least dread from him and most lament for - I mean a discomposure in head, or mind, or both.
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  • The most surprising part of the Great Charter to modern eyes is its sixty-first paragraph, that which openly statesdoubts as to the kings intention to abide by his promise, and appoints a committee of twenty-five guardians of the charter (twenty-four barons and the mayor of London), who are to coerce their master, by force of arms if necessary, to observe every one of its clauses.
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  • All four tracks show a surprising maturity of song writing; catchy and clever punk rock 'n' roll and full of great riffs.
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  • Mrs Torrible has no recollection of Mrs Hardacre, which is not surprising given the time that has now elapsed.
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  • It 's not surprising Gordon Brown is calling for wage restraint from public sector workers.
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  • It 's not surprising that large retinues of staff are required to run these great houses.
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  • His analysis of the semiotics of mathematics is powerful and surprising.
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  • This being the UK premiere of the current US box-office smash, it 's hardly surprising.
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  • Provides unlucky sporting especially surprising to we think that.
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  • Having done so, it would not be surprising if he was disappointed by their stupefying dullness as musical sounds.
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  • However, it was surprising that none of the other criteria were mentioned as having such influence.
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  • But there is no diesel, a surprising omission in a car of this class.
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  • These surprising findings could mean a radical overhaul for much current scientific thinking about the most common organic compound on earth.
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  • His research on the origin of the werewolf legend led him to some surprising conclusions, which are described in this novel.
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  • However, there is a surprising amount of light still on, ...
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  • Hardly surprising considering there is no blood build up in them.
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  • It is not surprising to discover that this soup tureen was intended for the serving of turtle soup.
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  • It is not surprising to find such incidents leading to strange teachings in Muslim writings.
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  • On accepting the award, it was hardly surprising to hear Steve praise his players.
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  • It was also surprising to learn that large parts of the Roman masonry had survived above ground level right up to the seventeenth century.
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  • Hence, it is not surprising to see fewer instances of this theme across countries.
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  • This is quite surprising in view of their structural complexity, ' says McGrath.
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  • That is not surprising as these methods form the most mature applications of swarm intelligence.
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  • Once syndicated nationally, they can multiply with surprising ease.
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  • Otherwise, this is a rather grim building inside; and not surprising, given the small windows and the thunderstorm outside.
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  • Quite surprising as I did n't get to sleep til really early and I was working last night.
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  • Through the treachery of a surprising white devil, Shakespeare challenges his audiences to spot the true color of villainy.
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  • Whelk egg balls were present and it would be surprising if they were n't and some were probably blown even further inland.
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  • The range of colors among these small plants is surprising, ranging from rich dark green to more yellowy hues.
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  • She responded with surprising grace towards the man who had just finished an abusive tirade against her.
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  • Carly's tirade was surprising to all, because she is usually such a sweet person.
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  • There was a surprising preponderance of young people at the political conference.
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  • Be sufficiently agile that you can take the surprising data you receive and run with it in a new or at least an alternative direction.
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  • In the melting pot that the World Nations have become, it is not surprising that many countries share similar top names.
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  • If this residue, combined with the ritual of irritating cleansing agents, becomes a constant during your baby's diaper changes, it won't be surprising when baby's rash either worsens or fails to heal.
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  • Perhaps surprising to some, you can also still use your home phone to purchase your movie tickets if you don't want to use a smartphone app, the Internet or the traditional method of buying at the theater.
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  • The illustrations are beautiful colored pencil drawings and show a surprising amount of detail given the limited space.
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  • Some variations on this cocktail offer surprising results using unusual ingredients.
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  • Although it may be surprising to many people, the perfect strawberry Daiquiri contains citrus flavors.
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  • Surprising ingredients come together to reproduce the flavor of the fruit.
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  • For a drink that is talked about so much, it's surprising just how few people have actually ever tasted one - except for Derby goers, of course.
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  • When you take into accord that, on average, a gram of alcohol contains about seven calories, it's not surprising that there is a high demand for low calorie mixed drinks.
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  • It can be surprising to users who did not understand these terms originally.
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  • Another surprising place you can check is local yard sales.
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  • A surprising amount of materials that would otherwise be discarded as waste can be used within a school.
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  • It can be surprising how much waste can be composted.
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  • A surprising amount of energy is wasted through electrical equipment being left on, lights being left burning in empty rooms and other energy wasting situations.
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  • When planning to build a greenhouse at home there are a surprising amount of materials that can be put to good use.
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  • This could be because the piece of green that's usually left on the plate when dinner is done packs a powerful - and surprising - nutritional punch.
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  • Some studies on agave among humans have yielded some surprising side effects.
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  • All this aside, some persons have claimed that turmeric has exhibited a positive effect on their symptoms, a surprising feat that fuels the supplement industry and overshadows many scientific studies.
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  • The nature of the challenges was changed, with some surprising results.
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  • Vanessa was first to have her "show cancelled" - a surprising turn of events, based on her past efforts.
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  • The University of North Carolina at Wilmington's thriving campus makes this a college town, and along the riverwalk in downtown Wilmington, there is a surprising mix of big business and upscale eateries.
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  • You may see some surprising kitchen color combinations that you wouldn't have otherwise thought of.
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  • It's not surprising that this is also a popular wall color and is enhanced with faux paint finishes that resemble an aging stucco Italian countryside farm house.
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  • As surprising as it may sound, it's always easier to work with a budget guiding you than to have a carte blanche project.
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  • It's not surprising that blue is one of the top two bedroom color choices.
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  • Not surprising, the scent of Vivid follows this pattern.
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  • It is also not surprising they look for something convenient.
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  • After repeated sniffs on my wrist, I was able to detect just a touch of the initial rose scent, but it just barely lingered - a surprising thing, considering how prominently used that note is.
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  • Many of the customer reviews of Vera Wang's newest creation are quite favorable, so it's not surprising that many are searching for this product.
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  • From space travel to photojournalism, the history of digital cameras contains some surprising highlights.
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  • In this new world of vivid colors and razor sharp lines it's surprising that so many people yearn for what are essentially photography mistakes.
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  • With so many options for cooking chicken, it's not surprising that there would be several different options for lemon chicken recipes.
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  • It is surprising just how long a half an hour can be when you are totally focused on completion.
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  • This legendary retailer offers several Versace looks, some in surprising colors, like the Draped Halter Dress ($1500.00) in Clementine.
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  • If you are not sure, it's always best to ask her yourself, unless you are planning on surprising her on prom night.
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  • There are a surprising number of meals that adapt quickly and easily to the vegan lifestyle and many new vegans are often surprised at how simple it is to adapt.
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  • Save on Crafts has a surprising amount of helpful information when it comes to arranging silk flowers, from corsages to the eight basic floral arrangements for tabletop settings.
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  • September flowers can add splashes of color to your wedding, whether you are looking for tasteful and understated or bold and surprising.
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  • Once recovery starts to take hold, though, the increasing positive changes in the alcoholic's attitude, health, and ability to handle life and responsibility is truly surprising.
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  • The statistics on drinking and driving crashes are surprising.
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  • Telling a lie is usually incongruent to a person's cognitive pattern, and for this reason it is not surprising that a physical response - no matter how subtle - is usually present.
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  • One of the most surprising success stories was the shower curtains.
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  • Perhaps even more surprising is the fact that satin pillowcases are actually recommended by the American Cancer Society for patients undergoing chemotherapy since the treatment causes hair loss and dry skin.
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  • If you're thinking of surprising someone special with something completely unexpected, consider a unique towel gift basket.
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  • While it's surprising to hear about a celebrity dying, it's even more shocking to find out the death was unexpected.
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  • One of the most surprising deaths of the 21st century so far is that of Michael Jackson.
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  • However, these legendary stars led exciting and surprising lives too, so it's no wonder their deaths came as such shocks to their fans and supporters.
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  • With Spears' losing points with Forbes, it is not surprising that she is planning on going back to work as soon as possible - dazzling fans with suggestive costumes, thoughtless comments, bubble gum lyrics, and high energy dancing.
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  • Although he was on the shortlist of many, the announcement was surprising none the less.
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  • Even more surprising, she made the weight gain the focus of a brand-new sitcom.
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  • She suffers a family tragedy, struggles to overcome sadness and frustration, and regains happiness and inspiration in a surprising way.
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  • At the age of 22, the model made the surprising and life-altering decision to audition for The Mask.
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  • With the magnitude of popularity of her first two singles, it isn't surprising that her obviously highly anticipated first album Spirit debuted at number one in nine different countries worldwide.
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  • Yes, pinup model Sugar made it to the final three, but it was not so surprising that she received zero votes from her former fellow Survivor mates.
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  • What is a shocking, but surprising little detail is that word on the street is that she and her mom Cher were originally shopping around Chastity's long and painful journey to manhood for a reality TV show.
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  • The most surprising part of this story is that Goodman, who didn't want to risk losing one or both of his judging gigs, didn't tell anyone, except close family and friends, about his condition.
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  • It wouldn't be surprising if he did, however, since shoe lifts are a common prop used in films to make the actors look taller or even more foreboding.
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  • With so much information available now about smoking and its ill effects on health, it's not surprising that celebrities who smoke catch some bad press.
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  • It's still surprising though when a celeb ends up committing a burglary, because they seem to be throwing their stardom away.
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  • With her many talents, it's surprising that Tina Yothers has managed to keep a fairly low profile since the end of Family Ties.
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  • With child stars from the 1980s and 1990s making big comebacks recently, it wouldn't be surprising to see her soar back into the spotlight in the future.
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  • Other celebrities are notable for how frequently they appear before the police cameras, or for the surprising reasons for their arrests.
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  • Sometimes it's surprising to see the exact age of a celebrity, since many of them tend to look much younger than they actually are.
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  • While it may be surprising, some B-list stars are content to remain on this one step down from A-list status.
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  • When looking at which actor has won the most Academy Awards, the answer is somewhat surprising.
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  • It's not surprising in terms of the person being deserving of such awards, but that the feat hasn't been repeated again or outdone by the number of outstanding actors to have worked in movies in more modern times.
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  • Every year seems to bring a new string of surprising celebrity passings.
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  • Although some of the offerings are not strictly pants and fashionable white onesies abound, the variety of clothing for infants and toddlers is surprising.
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  • It's not surprising in some families to see pictures of girls across generations wearing the same dress.
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  • Dogs have been known to choke on their kibble and get intestinal blockages from eating animal bones, so it's not quite so surprising that chew treats also pose some potential health hazards.
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  • Surprising your puppy with a quick squirt from a water bottle while saying "No!" is another technique that sometimes helps stop a puppy from biting.
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  • There are a surprising number of winter flower plants ranging from perennials to trees and shrubs.
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  • But unlike ranunculus, hellebores bloom in the winter garden, often surprising gardeners with blossoms in January or February.
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  • The eBay website has a surprising number of wholesale lots available for vinyl siding.
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  • The design may be hard to find today but it would not be surprising if replicas appeared all over America in the next decade.
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  • With such success, it is hardly surprising that a range of jewelry inspired by the movie is available.
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  • What's especially surprising about this message, and the clothing line, is that it has punk rock roots; not necessarily a musical genre that one typically associates with walking the straight and narrow path.
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  • Try on a simple long-sleeved shirt that matches with every pair of jeans: one of the most success styles for men is the henley, which you can find in a surprising variety of styles.
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  • It has classic styling but with a surprising deep V neckline that gives it an updated look.
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  • They can offer a surprising level of warmth because of the flannel and Sherpa linings they sometimes offer.
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