Saturday, August 19, 2006

10 things I didn't know until last week

1. The prop used by actors/leading men to appear taller than they actually are, is called apple box.
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2. The phenomenon in which the biggest particles end up on the surface when a granular material containing a mixture of objects of different sizes is shaken is known as the brazil nut effect.
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3. MasterCard was originally called MasterCharge.
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4. Frederic Auguste Bartholdi oiginally conceived the Statue of Liberty as an Egyptian peasant swathed in robes titled ‘Egypt Bringing Light To Asia’ and wanted to place it at entrance to the Suez Canal.
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5. Bluetooth - the technology - is named for a 10th century King Of Denmark, Harald Bluetooth.
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6. Stone Henge is surrounded by 56 pits known as the Aubrey holes.
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7. Kolkatta is nicknamed City of Palaces because of the abundance of European-buildings found there.
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8. Groucho Marx was the host of the radio and TV quiz game ‘You Bet Your Life’ between 1947 and 1960.
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9. The famous Hollywood sign originally read “Hollywoodland” and was created to advertise a property development company.
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10. The House of Keys is the directly elected lower branch of the parliament of the Isle of Man.
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