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

Japanese Judoka, Unbeatable Until 1961

Until 1961, no judoka had ever beaten a Japanese judoka in the world championships. The very first to break this long-lasting winning streak was Anton Geesink from the Netherlands, with an impressive 6 feet 6 inches and 254 pounds (2 meters/115 kilos).

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Nadal, Right-Handed Yet Serves with the Left

Rafael Nadal, one of the greatest tennis players of all times serves with his left hand. Yet off the court, he reverts to being right-handed. As a youngster, he played tennis equally well with both hands. As his strength increased in his left hand, he made the decision to always play in this manner.

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The Most Expensive Square Foot in The World

London is not the most expensive place per square foot in the world. The land surrounding the Great Mosque of Mecca comes top, where the square foot is now named the "Holy Meter" and costs over 11,452.84 USD.

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Scorsese And Tarantino Have A Common Passion For The Word Fuck

Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino movies often use raw language. The word ''Fuck'' was counted 398 times in Casino (3rd movie for the record of the use of the word Fuck), 265 times in Pulp Fiction and 269 times in Reservoir Dogs.

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In India, Mobile Phone Are More Common Than Toilets

India is a developing country with very significant health problems. According to a 2008 UN study, there were more people with mobile phones (almost 50% of the population) than people having access to decent toilets (31%).

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Lucy The Australopithecus And The Beatles

Lucy, the famous 3 million years old Australopithecus discovered in Ethiopia in 1974, was named so due to the Beatles. Indeed the scientists discovered her while they were listening to the Beatles song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds'' one night in their camps.

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The Sirtaki - A Dance Created For The Cinema

The Sirtaki dance, as seen in the film ''Zorba the Greek'', was totally concocted by the director Michael Cacoyannis to give poignancy to Anthony Quinn character. It's a combination of the slow and fast version of the Hasapiko dance, which is a real Greek traditional dance.

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Michael Jackson And The Beatles Song Catalog

Beatles songs do not belong to the living Beatles. (Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr). Neither to the families (John Lennon and George Harrison) for that matter, because Michael Jackson bought the copyrights  for the music in 1985. He acquired the rights for a paltry $45 million, to the chagrin of Paul McCartney. The catalog is presently valued at more than a billion dollars.

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Dennis Bergkamp - The Non-Flying Dutchman

Dennis Bergkamp, a Dutch soccer player who was consistent star athlete for the Arsenal team, missed a lot of games. He suffered from a fear of flying, often preventing him from participating in away games, except when it was possible to travel by train or car to reach the match venue. His nickname was "The non-flying Dutchman".

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The Marathon Distance: 26.21875 miles (42.195 km)

The marathon is a long-distance running event with an official distance of 26 miles and 385 yards (42.195 km). In 1908, during the London Olympics, the royal family wanted the race to leave from Windsor Castle and to finish facing the royal box in the Olympic Stadium, which gave this distance.

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Stefan Edberg And The Death Of A Linesman

During a junior tennis match at the 1983 US Open Junior Championship, Stefan Edberg unintentionally caused the death of a linesman. While returning a served ball, he accidently hit the linesman, causing him to fall to the ground where he hit his head. He died a few days later as a result of the fall. Edberg was deeply affected by this tragedy and considered quitting the game.

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How Are Storms, Cyclone And Anticyclones Named

Each storm and anticyclone has a name and gender and is based on the calendar; female for even years, male for odd. More surprisingly, in Europe, the names are given by individuals who get paid for it.

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