Sunday, November 01, 2009

10 things I didn't know until last week

1. In the Biblical account of Genesis, the first task God entrusted to Adam was to give names to all the animals.
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2. Password aging is a feature in software that forces users to change their passwords after a specified period of time.
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3. According to long-standing protocol, Brazil always speaks first at the UN General Assembly and is followed by the host country.
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4. Jazz musician Stan Getz’s real name is Stanley Gayetsky.
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5. Silent movie superstar Clara Bow was the original ‘It’ girl - heralded as such in 1927 for appearing, appropiately enough, in the movie ‘It.’
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6. Goldfish are naturally greenish-brown or grey. But when exposed to high-levels of light, as in a fishbowl, they turn a pleasing gold colour.
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7. In the early days of barcodes there was a plan for round - or bullseyes - ones.
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8. The Lincoln penny is the longest-running U.S. coin still in circulation. Introduced in 1909 it was the first US coin on which a President’s likeness appeared.
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9. Saturn’s rings are named in the order in which they were discovered, not for their location.
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10. Germany does not recognize Scientology as a religion and treats it instead as a business.
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