Saturday, July 08, 2006

10 things I didn't know until last week

1. The names of the three wise monkeys are Mizaru (who sees no evil), Kikazaru (who hears no evil) and Iwazaru (who speaks no evil).
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2. The chart used by eye care professionals to test visual acuity is called Snellen Chart.
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3. The difference between the value of money and the cost of its production is called seigniorage.
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4. The British royal family changed their last name from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor in 1917.
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5. Illogical malapropisms like “Include me out” and “I may not always be right, but I am never wrong” are named Goldwynisms after the movie mogul Samuel Goldwyn, whose limited langauge skills seemed to have him particularly prone to them.
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6. Las Vegas in Spanish means ‘The Meadows.’
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7. Graceland was named for Grace Toof, a wealthy lady whose family owned the property for almost a hundred years before Elvis Presely bought it in 1957.
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8. In 1919, a man named Raymond Orteig offered a $25,000 prize for the first man to fly non-stop across the Atlantic - it was claimed by Charles Lindbergh in 1927.
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9. Caledonia was the Roman name for Scotland.
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10. Nippon literally means ‘the sun’s origin’ and is therefore tranlated to ‘Land Of The Rising Sun.’
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