Monday, September 03, 2007

10 things I didn't know until last week

1. Porsche is the world’s most profitable automaker with net profits of $2 billion (last FY) and an operating margin of 19.8% - double that of Toyota’s.
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2. The first Olympics to be broadcast live on television were the 1936 Berlin games.
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3. The Zero - the Japanese WWII aluminium-body fighter aircraft and once a symbol of Japan’s military air power - was manufactured by Mitsubishi.
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4. Six of the top 12 public companies on Fortune’s Global 500 list sell oil. And four of the 12 companies sell the cars that consume it.
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5. The last words spoken on the moon were “I believe history will record that America’s challenge of today has forged man’s destiny of tomorrow.” The words were spoken by Astronaut Eugene Cernan during the Apollo 17 lunar landing mission.
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6. The minimum number of moves needed to solve any disordered Rubik’s cube is called ‘God’s number’ - because God would only need the least number of moves to solve any disordered Rubik’s cube. Theoritical work suggests the God’s number is in the “low 20s.”
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7. The physical size of the CD was dictated by the duration of longest recording of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in Polygram’s archive, which was 74 min. The CD, originally drawn up to be 11.5 cm, had to be increased in size to 12 cm to accommodate the extra data.
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8. More pop stars have been called Paul than any other name.
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9. The $100 laptop costs $176.
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10. Ben and Mena Trott named their blog publishing company Six Apart because their birthdays are six days apart.
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