Sunday, January 07, 2007

10 things I didn't know until last week

1. Coco Chanel started the fashion trend for sun tans when she accidentally got sun-burnt on a cruise from Paris to Cannes.
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2. Saddam Hussein’s military codename while in US custody was ‘Victor.’
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3. House music gets its name from the Warehouse nightclub (and district) in Chicago where DJ Frankie Knuckles mixed classic disco, European synthpop, new wave, industrial and punk recordings. His music was labelled “As Heard At The Warehouse”, which was shortened to simply “The House”.
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4. The much-talked about Nintendo Wii remote comes with an additional controller attachment that’s connected to the primary remote via a cable. This attachment is named Nunchuk because it resembles Bruce Lee’s fabled nanchaku (while attached to the primary Wii remote.)
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5. Carte blanche literally means ‘blank paper’ in French.
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6. The name Linda is descended from Germanic and probably means ‘serpent.’
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7. Residents of Indiana State in the US are referred to as hoosiers.
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8. The biblical Sea of Galilee is actually a freshwater lake in Israel. On modern maps it is referred to as Lake Galilee or Lake Tiberias.
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9. Herbert Zeppo Marx, of Marx brothers fame, was given the nickname Zeppo after the Zeppelin, a new invention at the time of his birth.
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10. The Himalayas cover one-tenth of the Earth’s surface.
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