Monday, November 08, 2010

10 things I didn't know until last week

1. The Pope’s aircraft is known as “Shepherd One”.
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2. In Japan, the Pleiades are known as Subaru (which explains the carmaker’s astrally inflected logo).
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3. Poland is the only member of the EU to avoid the recent recession.
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4. Iran is served by two free-standing armies - Artesh and Pasdaran. The latter, also known as the Revolutionary Guard, were formed in 1979 to counter the power of the former.
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5. Ku Klux Klan uses the slogan “America’s Oldest Civil Rights Organization.”
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6. Tea parties weren’t invented until the 1830s; which means the 1773 Boston Tea Party wasn’t known by that name until more than 60 years after the event. At the time it was referred to as “the destruction of the tea”.
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7. Officially, there’s no dinosaur species called brontosauraus.
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8. The famous novelist Chinua Achebe was born Albert Chinualumogu Achebe. His unabbreviated middle name means “May God fight on my behalf.”
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9. Ninjas used to carry nine shuriken because it was an auspicious number.
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10. Brigadier generals are the lowest-ranked generals, with only one star. Major generals get two, lieutenant generals three, and generals, the highest-ranked, get four stars.
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