Friday, August 11, 2006

10 things I didn't know until last week

1. The European Union began as the European Coal and Steel Community in 1951 with Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg as members. It became the European Economic Community before becoming the EU.
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2. The greek word for ‘father’s glory’ is Cleopatra.
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3. The term ‘album’ was first used specifically in 1909, when Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite was released on four double-sided discs in one package.
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4. Compaq was the first company to “clone” the IBM PC.

5. The illegal money paid by record companies to radio stations to play particular songs is called payola.

6. The pyramid entrance to the Louvre contains 793 panes and not 666 as mentioned in ‘The Da Vinci Code.’
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7. The four suits of the minor arcana of a tarot card deck are wands, swords, cups and circles or pentacles.
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8. All countries in the European Union have abolished the death penalty and any country wishing to join it must follow suit.
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9. The statuette given out at MTV’s Video Music Awards is officially known as “The Moon Man,” but it’s more commonly referred to as “The Buzzy.”

10. Calvin Coolidge was the first US President to have his portrait appear on a coin struck during his lifetime.

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