Updated: 8:29 PM UTC, Jul 16, 2017

Soap Operas Created for Female Homemakers

The expression soap opera refers to the American daytime television series or radio broadcasts. The term "soap operas" originated from having been typically sponsored by soap-making companies such as Proctor & Gamble. At the onset the shows targeted women, particularl stay-at-home moms.

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Do You Know Why We Say "Heroin" And "Junkies"?

Felix Hoffmann, of the Bayer company in Germany registered the trademark ''heroin'' in 1898 for their morphine product substitute. ''Heroin'' was chosen from German for heroic, because, in field studies, people using the medicine felt "heroic", but no evidence for this seems to have been found so far.

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Chile - The Skinniest Country In The World

The skinniest country in the world is Chile, with a length of 2672 miles (4300 km) going from North to South). It is 23 times longer than wide and spans over 39 degrees of latitude or the distance from Norway to the Sahara. Chili which is in South America, also has territories in Oceania (Easter Island) and Antarctica.

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October 1867 in Alaska - the Shortest Month in History

The state of Alaska, which boasts the largest American reserve of hydrocarbons, was bought by the US from Russia in October of 1867 for 7.2 million dollars. The month of October that year only lasted three weeks, due to the switch from the Russian Julian calendar to the American Gregorian calendar (passing from October 7 - 18).

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The Symbolism of the Flag of the United Kingdom

The flag of the United Kingdom, also known as  the Union Jack, symbolizes 3 of the 4 countries of which it is composed: Scotland, England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. In fact, it is composed of a juxtaposition of the flags of Scotland, England, and St Patrick’s Cross, the patron saint of Ireland.

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The World’s Highest Unclimbed Mountain

Gangkhar Puensum which means “three brothers of the mountain” is located in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. This mountain peak soars 24,836 feet and has yet been conquered by mankind despite several attempts which resulted in failure.

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Discover Why The Forest of Landes (France) Is Considered Artificial

The forest at Landes, the largest in Europe, is not a natural one: in fact Napolean planted these coniferous trees as a measure to dry out the marshes in order to render the land more fertile, eliminate malaria, and anchor the dunes.

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Catch a Glimpse of Corsica From the European Continent

If you look at a map, Corsica appears to be located at a considerable distance from Europe. Yet, at sunset and with favorable meteorological conditions Corsica can be seen from Nice and the surrounding areas.

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In Zanskar Where Houses Are Designed to be Ghost-Proof

In Zanskar (Tibet) homes are built with low door frames, not because the inhabitants are short in stature, but to protect them from ghosts. According to their beliefs, the stiffness of the corpses hinders them from bending over to gain access to the residence.

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Video Games Bring in The Big Bucks!

The video game market is exploding, and  the bestsellers rival movie box office receipts. Profits of the game Call Of Duty Black Ops, released in November of 2010, surpassed a million dollars in less than six weeks. If it had been a movie, it would find itself in the top 5 earners of all-time. Only the movie Avatar has generated as much money in the same time span.

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You’ll Never See a Clock or a Window in a Casino

In order to eliminate all notion of time, many casinos have removed all clocks from their establishments. In this way, players have no idea of the time and continue gambling. For the same reason, casinos are designed without windows in the gambling areas.

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Can You Solve the Rubik’s Cube in Twenty Moves?

Rubik’s Cube, the puzzle invented by Ernó Rubik in 1974, presents in its classical form 3x3x3 squares a total number of different possible combinations of more than 43 trillion (43 252 003 274 489 856 000 combinations). Despite this daunting challenge, scientists claim the puzzle can be solved in 20 moves total.

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