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

Why Does the Arrobase (@) Appear in Emails ?

The logogram arrobas, designated by the @ symbol, was selected for use in Email addresses to separate the pseudonym mail domain because it is one of the few symbols that does not belong to any traditional alphabet. In this way, a pseudonym is never confused with the mail domain.

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The Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons with iTunes

The license to use iTunes, the digital content management software of Apple specifies that you are limited as to its use. There, you have been warned!

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Humidity Sensors in Mobile Devices

Many mobile devices (phones, mp3 players, etc..) have moisture sensors that allow the manufacturer to determine whether the device received for service had been exposed to a liquid. If this is the case, the warranty will be refused.

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Bill Gates’ Taxes Stumped the IRS

Bill Gates and his vast fortune have caused unexpected problems for the IRS because the computers used to calculate the average taxpayer’s contributions could not manage to calculate his taxes. They needed to store the financial data of Gates (founder of Microsoft) on a special machine in order to calculate his tax bill.

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Lightning Rod and Power Surge Protector Different Functions

Lightning rods and surge protection are different devices with different functions : the lightning rod is used to channel lightning to earth in a direct impact on a structure to protect it from fire for instance, while the SPD is to prevent surges in power lines and telecommunications.

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Fallen Astronaut - The Work of Art on The Moon

Yes indeed, there is a work of art on the Moon. This aluminum sculpture of an astronaut in a spacesuit measures a little more than 3 inches and  commemorates astronauts and cosmonauts who have died in the advancement of space exploration. It was placed there by the crew of Apollo 15 on August 1, 1971.

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Origin of the Name of SEAT Automobiles

The name SEAT stood for the acronym Sociedad Española de Automóviles de Turismo (Spanish Touring Car Company, in English) founded in 1950.

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Lamborghini - From Tractors to Luxury Sports Cars

In the beginning, Lamborghini manufactured tractors and the company continues to produce these agricultural machines to this day. The desire to produce sports cars came about as a result of an altercation between Enzo Ferrari and Ferruccio Lamborghini, who complained about the problems he was encountering with his Ferrari.

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Godwin’s Rule of Nazi Analogies

As you surf the Net, you will probably come across a reference to Godwin’s Rule. Coined by US lawyer Mike Godwin, it states that in all probability an online discussion will eventually lead to a comparison to Hilter or Nazism.

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American TV’s - No-No Words

There is a so-called list called “Seven Dirty Words” which contains the words forbidden to be aired on US broadcast television. This came about in 1978 when the Supreme Court was petitioned to rule on the decency of a George Carlin skit. If these words are uttered, they must be replaced by a “beep” censure.

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The Million Dollar Homepage

In 2005, Alex Tew, a 21 year old student from Wiltshire, England, had the ingenious idea that would make him a fortune and a media sensation. He decided to create the Million Dollar Homepage, selling 100-pixel "blocks" measuring 10 × 10 pixels - one million pixels in all. Five months later, thanks to international media attention, he had reached his goal.

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Snow And Ice Hits the Sahara Desert

As unbelievable as it may seem, snow fell on the Sahara Desert on February 18, 1979. Furthermore, the word Sahara in Arabic means desert so by saying Sahara Desert one is, in fact, uttering a redundant phrase.

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