Friday, July 28, 2006

10 things I didn't know until last week

1. The large black spot in the centre of a tabla is called siyahi.
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2. Elvis Presley won all his three Grammys in the gospel category.
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3. The maximum number of clubs a golfer can carry on to the course is 14.
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4. Kuala Lumpur is situated on the confluence of the Klang and Gombak rivers and literally means ‘muddy estuary.’
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5. The Durand Line marks the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
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6. Contrary to its name, no part of Equatorial Guinea lies on the Equator.
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7. The Paralympics or Olympics for the Physically Disabled are held immediately after the Summer Olympics and at the same venue.
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8. If overall oil production continues at last year’s rate, known oil will last for the next 41 years.
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9. In 1893, Queen Isabella of Spain became the first woman to be featured on a U.S. commemorative coin.
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10. Bibliomics is the specialized study that mines the published scientific literature for unexpected connections between genomics, proteomics, transcriptomics, glycomics, metabolomics, etc.
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