Tuesday, December 29, 2009

10 things I didn't know until last week

1. Launched in 1935, Kit Kat was originally known as ‘Chocolate Crisp.’
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2. Rabindranath Tagore - the 1913 Nobel Literature prize winner - is Asia’s first Nobel laureate.
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3. Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Willem De Kooning, Gustav Klimt and Andy Warhol are the only artists with pieces of work that have sold for more than $100 million.
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4. In the Paso Doble - a dance modelled after the Spanish bullfight - the leader of the dance plays the matador; the follower typically plays the part of the matador’s cape.
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5. According to medieval legend, Britain is named after Brutus of Troy, a descendant of the Trojan hero Aeneas.
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6. Bagpipes were invented in Iran and then brought to Scotland by the Romans.
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7. The collective noun for rhinos is ‘crash.’
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8. The check box software licence agreement mostly found on the Internet as part of the installation process of many software packages or in other circumstances where agreement is sought using electronic media - is termed as a ‘clickwrap’ agreement. The name ‘clickwrap’ came from the use of ‘shrink wrap contracts’ commonly used in boxed software purchases, which “contain a notice that by tearing open the shrinkwrap, the user assents to the software terms enclosed within”.
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9. The Odeon cinema chains in Europe are named after their British founder Oscar Deutsch, and the name is an acronym for ‘Oscar Deutsch Entertains Our Nation.’
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10. Jesus Christ was actually born in 4 BC.
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