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

The History of Pokémon

The creator of Pokémon, Satoshi Tajiri, collected insects while growing up in a suburb of Tokyo. Urbanization of the Japanese capital saw the demise of possible insect capture sites. This lead him to develop a digital version game replicating the hunt of insects but adapted for city children.

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Space Invaders Causes Drastic Shortage of 100 Yen Coins

Since the launch of the Space Invaders game in Japan in 1978, it has been so widely successful that the country has experienced a shortage of the coin needed to play the game in arcades. Atari, the producer of the arcade games, increased its profits twenty-fold due entirely to this game.

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How Did the Tetris Game Get Its Name?

The name of the Tetris game was not chosen by random. The Greek word tetra means four, as the figures needed to assemble in the game are composed of 4 squares. Since its creation in 1984, it was estimated that more than 170 million games have been sold, in 30 different versions.

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Zanzibar, the Tiny Island That Set World Records

Zanzibar is the semi-autonomous part of Tanzania in East Africa. It is composed of the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, 16-31 miles off the coast of the mainland. It is famous for holding the record of being involved in the shortest war on record (37 minutes before surrendering to the British in 1896). On another note, it is the world’s #1 producer of cloves.

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Eat Apples, But Don’t Overdo It!

Many fruits that belong to the rose family (such as apples, pears, apricots, almonds…) contain traces of arsenic or cyanide. Thankfully, these poisons are present in minute amounts in the seeds or pits, and present a danger only if ingested in large quantities. The ingestion of 50 almonds by an adult can engender dire consequences as this amount represents 0.2 grams of cyanide.

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Can You Spot the Hidden Bear in the Toblerone Logo?

The logo of the Toblerone chocolate bar represents a mountain, but hidden in this mountain is a bear standing on two paws. You will spot the bear highlighted in brown.

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Strange Scientific Fact - Water Does Not Always Boil at 212 degrees F.

Water does not always boil at the usual 212 degrees Fahrenheit (100 degrees). It depends primarily on atmospheric pressure and related conditions. Therefore, high in the mountains, water will boil at an inferior temperature (and more quickly) as the pressure is lower, contrary to the water in a kettle.

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Haagen Dazs - The American Version

You are probably a fan of the delicious Haagen Dazs ice cream. But did you know that it is a 100% American product, whose name was chosen to sound Scandinavian? The brand name was created in the Bronx by Reuben Matus in 1961.

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The Sugar - Coated Windows in Movies

In movies, the windows that shatter or through which the actors are propelled are, in fact, not made of glass but sugar, to avoid injuries. A refined manufacturing technique results in a transparent product.

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Traci Lord, Porn Star of the 1980s Reveals A Secret

Traci Lord (born Nora Louise Kuzma; May 7, 1968), the highest paid star of porn flicks in the 80s was apparently a minor during her heyday. Using a friend's ID to hide her real age, she became the most popular actress in the adult film industry.

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Origin of the Word Dandelion

One traces the origin of this word back to the times when England had French as the official language. This weed was known as the 'Pissenlit'' or its nickname, ''Dent de lion'' (Lion tooth). The English retained this name, but with an inaccurate spelling.

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