Saturday, June 24, 2006

10 things I didn't know until last week

1. In 1906, Finland became the first country in the world to give women unrestricted rights both to vote and to stand for parliament.
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2. Although it is the custom to name an airport after a person posthumously, Lech Walesa (Gdansk) and George Bush Sr. (Houston Texas) are two exceptions. Ronald Reagan too had an airport (Washington National Airport) named after him before he died.
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3. The ground-breaking ceremony for the Pentagon took place on September 11th 1941.
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4. Bacteria makes up about half, by weight, of all the living things on earth.
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5. Lenovo was the first Chinese company to create advertisements that did more than just name a product and its price – thereby introducing brandbuilding to China.
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6. John Kenneth Galbraith, the economist who expired recently, also served as the US ambassador to India.
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7. Motor-racing, in any form, is banned in Switzerland.
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8. There are less than 700 Stradivarius violins in existence today.
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9. The Boeing 747 is put together from about 6 million individual parts.
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10. The widely circulated story that Mr. and Mrs. Leland Stanford decided to found their own university after being rebuffed in an attempt to donate a building to Harvard, is an urban legend.
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