Friday, June 30, 2006

10 things I didn't know until last week

1. The highest distinction a karateka can earn is not the black belt, but the red belt.
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2. The extra credit for the director of a film (usually in the form ‘A Film by _________’ or A __________ Film) is called the possesory or vanity credit.
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3. Cyprus has a map of itself inscribed on its flag.
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4. The headgear worn by graduating students is commonly referred to as the ‘mortarboard.’
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5. The Hawa Mahal in Jaipur is shaped to resemble Lord Krishna’s mukut.
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6. Brasilia, the capital of Brazil, is designed in the shape of an aeroplane.
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7. The Maoris refer to New Zealand as ‘The Land of the Long White Cloud.’
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8. The Big Crunch, the reverse of the Big Bang, is the hypothesized collapse of the universe upon itself when its expansion eventually stops.
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9. Though Emperor Constantine is often credited with making Rome embrace Christianity, he was baptised only on his deathbed.
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10. The Torino Scale is used to categorise asteroid and comet impact.
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