Sunday, August 31, 2008

10 things I didn't know until last week

1. The Roman Emperors Marcus Aurelius, Nerva, Trajan, Hadrian and Antoninus Pius are collectively referred to as ‘Five Good Emperors.’
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2. Though commonly misused to describe heavy rain, monsoon actually refers to wind.
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3. Benito Mussolini was knighted in 1923. The knighthood was withdrawn in 1940.
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4. Flickr - the popular photo-sharing site and Web 2.0 stalwart - actually started as an online multiplayer puzzle-based game called Game Neverending.
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5. Misinformation packaged to look like fact is called counterknowldge. Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code is an example.
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6. Employees at Baskin Robbins are allowed to eat as much ice cream as they like - for free.
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7. Jozi is the nickname for Johannesburg.
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8. The orthography of a language specifies how its words are spelt - and also includes directions for punctuation and capitalisation.
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9. ‘Guantanamera’ is actually a patriotic song.
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10. Quarter-finalists at Wimbledon get free tea at the tournament for life.
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