Sunday, July 22, 2007

10 things I didn't know until last week

1. The inventor of the Polaroid camera, Edwin Land, held 535 patents and is second only to Thomas Edison in the number of U.S. patents granted for inventions.
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2. The Beluga whale is also known as the “Sea Canary” because of the high-pitched squeaks, squeals and whistles it makes.
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3. The sports drink Gatorade is named for the Gators, the University of Florida football team.
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4. Words that are derived from the same root, like beautiful and beauteous for eg., are said to be paronymous.
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5. The roadrunner is the official state bird of New Mexico.
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6. The word gas is derived from the greek word for chaos.
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7. Amish men shave until they marry; then they grow a beard.
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8. Ben Jonson, the Elizabethan playwright (and contemporary of William Shakespeare) is buried at Westminster Abbey, but in an upright standing posiiton.
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9. An epithalamium is a poem written to celebrate a wedding.
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10. No woman has ever won an Oscar for Best Direction. And only 3 women have been nominated for the best director Oscar: Lina Wertmuller for Seven Beauties (1975), Jane Campion for The Piano (1993), and Sofia Coppola for Lost in Translation (2003).
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