Monday, March 23, 2009

10 things I didn't know until last week

1. At the insistence of Steve Jobs, the keyboard of the original Apple Macintosh had no arrow keys. Jobs felt users should use the mouse instead; not surprisingly, users protested and the arrow keys were re-instated in later models.
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2. The main pack of cyclists in a race is referred to as the peloton.
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3. Mercury is the only solar planet whose rotational axis is not tipped - the effect of the Sun’s overpowering gravity ensures that its rotational axis is perpendicular to its orbital plane.
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4. In China, James Bond is known as Ling Ling Qi - Chinese for ‘007.’
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5. In 1950s Britain, pizza was known as “Italian Welsh Rarebit.”
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6. During the time of the dinosaurs, the day was just 23 hours long.
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7. Israel has the highest ratio of PhDs per person in the world.
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8. Tim Berners-Lee’s initial proposal for the World Wide Web in March 1989 was rather unpromisingly titled ‘Information Management: A Proposal.’
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9. Ronald Reagan initially entered politics as a Democrat.
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10. German law prevents anyone who has ever been bankrupt from becoming a CEO.
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