Friday, September 01, 2006

10 things I didn't know until last week

1. In the US, ex-presidents continue to be addressed as “Mr. President” for the rest of their lives.
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2. For about half a century after its discovery in 1801, Ceres - the largest asteroid in the solar system - was classified as a planet.
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3. Captain James Cook named the Hawaiian Islands as Sandwich Islands after the fourth Earl Of Sandwich.
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4. During Hitler’s regime, Jews in Germany were compelled to take on one of two middle names - ‘Israel’ for men and ‘Sarah’ for women - for easier identification.
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5. The term Stratfordian describes a person who believes that Shakespeare wrote all his plays himself.
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6. The phrase “it’s never over ‘til the fat lady sings” is actually fairly recent in origin; it was coined by sportswriter Dan Cook in 1978.
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7. White Castle, a fastfood chain founded in 1921 in Wichita, Kansas (and not McDonald’s) is believed to be the world’s first fast food chain.
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8. Pluto is smaller in size than our own moon.
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9. The edges of books were colored with red, green, blue, yellow or pink edges to protect the edges from dirt, dust and handling.
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10. Adobe gets its name from the river Adobe Creek that ran behind the house of the founder John Warnock.
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