Sunday, February 22, 2009

10 things I didn't know until last week

1. Google’s browser, Chrome, gets its name from the term used to describe the frame, toolbars, and menus bordering a browser window. Interestingly the project team’s mantra during its development was “Content, not chrome.”
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2. The Great Pyramid of Giza was the undisputed tallest man-made structure in the world for over 4,000 years - right until the building of the Eiffel Tower in the 19th century.
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3. The English word ‘Blighty’, referring to homeland (mostly by British and French soldiers in WWI) , is derived from the Urdu world ‘bilayati’ meaning ‘foreign.’
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4. Each successive monarch faces in a different direction on British coins.
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5. Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were born on the same day - February 12th 1809.
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6. Not all halos are round - there are triangular and even square halo depictions in art.
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7. Quebec is nearly three-times the size of France.
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8. If there are no changes to the current calendar, we will never have a century beginning on a Sunday.
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9. Koalas have fingerprints exactly like humans (although obviously smaller).
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10. Part of the static one sees or hears on an untuned TV or radio is actually the cosmic background radiation - the remnnant from the Big Bang explosion that created the universe.
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