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

Why We Have a Seven Day Week and the Meanings of the Names of the Days

We can thank the Chaldeans, a people from Babylon, for providing us with the names of the days of the week. Four thousand years ago they noticed seven stars in the sky and chose their names to represent the days of the week:

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Do You Know Why We Say “Set the Table”?

This expression dates back to the Middle Ages: the Lord of the manor would invite so many guests that often times the table would be too small.The quick fix was to set planks upon wooden trestles. In order to hide the rustic appearance of the table large covers would be draped or set upon it.

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The Only Actor to Have Played in Six Episodes of Star Wars

Only one actor played in all six Star Wars movies (spanning a period of 30 years). Ironically, he is never directly seen. We are talking about Anthony Daniels - who, under his armor, is none other than the robot C-3PO.

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Lord of the Rings by the Beatles?

Even if Lord of the Rings was only released recently, the author had previously refused several requests for permission to adapt his work, notably one from the Beatles. John Lennon would have played Gollum, Paul McCartney starring as Frodon, Ringo Starr as Sagace, and lastly Gandalf by George Harrison.

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French President’s Great-Grandaughters - Stars of the Hollywood Screen

Emily and Zooey Deschanel are famous American film stars, featured in the series Bones and Weeds. They are the great grand-daughters of Paul Deschanel, President of the French Republic in the 1920s.

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When Luke Skywalker Becomes the Joker

Mark Hamill is known worldwide for his role of Luke Skywalker, the central protagonist of the original film trilogy of the Star Wars universe. What is not common knowledge, however, is that he has turned to dubbing, starring as the voice of a superhero in movies and video games. He is notably the voice of the Joker in the Batman movie.

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Avatar - The Movie Written In 1995

Avatar, the last movie of James Cameron, was ready on paper since 1995 and production would begin in 1998, after the blockbuster Titanic. The American director held off on the project as he felt the current technology would not do justice to the special effects of the film.

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The Tragic Demise of Houdini, the World Famous Magician

The American magician met his death in a surprising fashion: he boasted having muscles of steel and routinely asked members of the audience to punch him in the stomach to prove his claim. After the show he was unexpectedly punched in the abdomen and died several days later as a result of a perforated appendix.

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US President Vomits on Japanese Prime Minister

The American President George W. Bush will long be remembered for his public goofs. One must note that his father, George H. W. Bush, was a notable role model: on January 8th 1992, while on a presidential tour of Japan, vomited on the Japanese Prime Minister Miyazawa Kiichi before fainting at an official dinner.

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The Myth of Champagne and the Spoon

The common practice of placing a spoon in the neck of an open champagne bottle (to store it) serves absolutely no purpose, even if the spoon is solid silver.

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Giants of the Vegetable World - A 35 Pound Broccoli, Realy?

Some US farmers have taken vegetable growing seriously and have world records to prove it. You won't find these in your local supermarket: Grown in Rhode Island, the world's largest pumpkin was shown at the Topsfield Fair of Massachusetts in 2007, weighing 1689 lbs.

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The World's Largest Pizza Ever Weighed 26,883 Pound

According to Guinness World Records the largest pizza ever created was not in Italy (the most likely location) but in Norwood, South Africa. The pizza measured 122 feet, 8 inches in diameter, weighed 26,883 lbs, and contained 9,920 lbs. of flour, 3,960 lbs. of cheese, 1,763 lbs. of mushrooms, 1,984 lbs. of tomato puree, and 1,984 lbs. of chopped tomatoes.

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