Saturday, November 11, 2006

10 things I didn't know until last week

1. Stendahl’s Syndrome is a psychosomatic illness which causes dizziness and fainting fits in an individual exposed to particularly ‘beautiful’ art or a large amount of art in one place.
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2. Tel Aviv literally means ‘Hill Of Spring’ in Hebrew.
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3. Air America was an American passenger and cargo airline covertly owned and operated by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
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4. The bloodhound is the only animal whose evidence is admissible in an American court.
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5. Though outer space officially begins about 100 miles away, NASA recognises anyone who orbits the Earth above 50 miles as an astronaut.
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6. The word virus is derived from the Latin words for ‘poisonous slime’.
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7. The film industry of New Zealand is referred to as Wellywood.
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8. The sphere of gravitional influence of an astronomical object is referred to as Hill Sphere.
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9. The mineral content, porosity, and general makeup of human bone is nearly identical to some species of South Pacific coral. The two are so alike that plastic surgeons are using the coral to replace lost human bone in facial reconstructions.
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10. The seven dwarfs got their names - Bashful, Dopey, Grumpy, Sneezy, Sleepy, Happy and Doc - for the 1937 animated production of ‘Snow White and Seven Dwarfs’.
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