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  1. The city of Bruges enjoyed almost 400 years of prosperity due to a single storm in 1134 that opened up a natural channel that allowed sea trade. It lost its prestige when the channel got blocked again in the 1500s.

  2. There is no "Nobel Prize" for Economics - it is a separate prize created 67 years later, which Alfred Nobel's descendants have called "a PR coup by economists to enhance the prestige of free market ideology and establish it as a science."

  3. Up until World War I, it was common for both men and women to have long hair. The unsanitary conditions of trench warfare caused men to adopt short hair to avoid lice and fleas. Due to the number of war veterans and the prestige granted to them, short hair became the dominant style for men.

  4. Christopher Nolan 'begged' David Bowie to act as Nikola Tesla in his movie 'The Prestige'

  5. Ingredients in the average bottle of prestige perfume cost about $1.20 to $1.50. The actual liquid in a typical bottle of $150 perfume is less than 1% of the retail cost. The bottle, box and and display carton typically cost four to six times times more than the fragrance itself

  6. Encyclopedia Britannica’s own market research showed that the typical encyclopedia owner opened his or her volumes less than once a year. They bought them for prestige, not for knowledge.

  7. The "Counting Coup", a war act originated by American Indians by which warriors would sneak up on enemy combatants, touch them on their body, and silently leave without being detected or causing harm. Escaping unharmed was considered a great prestige, especially if risking death or capture

  8. Through many objections Merriam-Webster added the word 'McJob' to their dictionary (2003), defining it as "a low-paying, low-prestige dead-end job that requires few skills and offers very little chance of intracompany advancement".

  9. Granite's cost is much higher than in price than other man-made materials for projects, but it is considered a prestige material, used to impress others because of its elegance, durability, and quality.

  10. The term corduroy (cloth of the king) was coined in England to give "an air of French prestige" to the cloth. Later it was sold in France with the English phrase "kings cords".

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The state of Tlaxcala was involved in a long, ongoing war with the Aztec Empire beginning in the fifteenth century. The Aztecs engaged Tlaxcala in a number of "Flower Wars," which were designed to capture live warriors in order to claim human sacrifice victims and to boost the prestige of the warriors who captured them.

Miles Davis recorded 4 albums between 2 recording sessions in 1956 to fulfill and conclude his contract with Prestige Records

After moving up the ranks during peace time, Hindenburg acquired enough wealth and prestige to marry Gertrud von Sperling in 1860. The couple had two daughters and one son.

The original name for Richard Linklater's 'Boyhood' was '12 Years' until he discovered there was a similarly named, soon-to-be Oscar-winning prestige picture on the horizon (12 Years a Slave)

These inventions made the work of the plantation so automated that it resulted in wealth and prestige for his family.

In 1908, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany held an interview with the Daily Telegraph that went so poorly his prestige and influence never recovered.

Mana, as a video game concept, came from Polynesian peoples. The original meaning was that of an individual or groups' prestige.

In Australia during the 1800's, the term ‘squatter’ came to refer to a person of high social prestige who grazes livestock on a large scale. Hence the term, Squattocracy, a play on aristocracy.

Yet another reason to respect Eleanor Roosevelt: she used her prestige to help get the Tuskegee air program (which became the Tuskegee Airmen) off the ground

When German Mathias Rust illegally flew a Cessna into the USSR, the incident aided Gorbachev in the implementation of his reforms, by allowing him to dismiss rival military officials whilst reducing the prestige of the Soviet military, thus helping bring the collapse of the Soviet Union.

After leaving office, former President Harry S. Truman oftentimes struggled to make ends meet after leaving office. Despite only having an Army pension of $112/month as a steady source of income, Truman refused to “commercialize on the prestige and dignity of the office of the presidency."

In the medieval period, Northampton University used to rival Oxford and Cambridge for prestige until an unsuccessful rebellion by barons of Northampton lead to its closure in 1265.

In the movie "The Prestige", Nikolai Tesla was portrayed by David Bowie.

To satisfy the demanding tastes of Tsar Alexander II, Louis Roederer created The first Cuvée de Prestige of Champagne, also known as Cristal.

Viking warlords might have lost their prestige and power over time due to loss of beer producing capacity for their warriors.

Christopher Nolan's film "The Prestige" made 1 Billion Dollars

In 1975 the Trilateral Commission published a report entitled the Crisis of Democracy. This crisis was characterized as an excess of democracy, the report suggested a need to restore the prestige and authority of central government institutions and reduce the influence citizens have on policy.

In the Roman Republic, soldiers had to buy their own armor. As a result, only wealthier individuals could afford to be in the army, and being able to join was considered a sign of prestige and influence.

About Palio di Siena'; A bareback horse race inside the town of Siena, Italy where jockeys whip each other and race for the prestige of their respective town groups.

Harry Truman would not make commercial endorsements, accept consulting fees, or engage in lobbying after his presidency because " I could never lend myself to any transaction, however respectable,that would commercialize on the prestige and dignity of the office of the presidency."

Babylon was the largest city in the world with 100,000 citizens in 700 BC. It was an epicenter of wealth, power and prestige from 2000 to about 538 BC.

"Solar Prestige A Gammon," an Elton John song consisting of Gibberish and meant to sound like how English sounds to English speakers

the Maya held turkeys as one of the most coveted symbols of prestige and they thought they were vessels of the gods.

About 'Palio di Siena'; A bareback horse race around the town of Siena where jockeys whip each other and ride for the prestige of they're town group.

Tiwanaku, an Andean civilization that held authority by religious prestige. They achieved grandeur by building their own ruins, cannibalizing monuments to build new ones. The construction projects make them look prosperous, and the resulting destroyed sites made the city appear ancient.