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

Gold, the Cultural Symbol of Wealth and Success

It is estimated that all the gold produced since the beginning of mankind would weigh a total of 163 000 tonnes. If all this precious metal would be melted down to form a cube, each side would not exceed 21 meters.

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Gender Symbols - Where Do They Come From?

The two original gender symbols are derived from astronomical symbols. They were first used to denote the effective gender of plants by Carolus Linnaeus in 1751.

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A Change of Color for Hulk

The Marvel Superheroes Hulk and Iron Man first appeared as grey-colored characters. Fearing that this color would minimize their impact on the printed page, they became the now-familiar green and reddish-yellow.

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Wearing Green on Stage - Is It Really a Sign of Bad Luck?

While it is common knowledge that wearing green on stage brings bad luck, do you know the origins of this superstition? First of all, during the 18th century green dye contained arsenic, and Molière, the famous playwright, died while clad in green.

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The Mind-Blowing Popularity of Coca-Cola

Every second of every day more than 17 000 bottles or cans of Coca-Cola are consumed around the world. The US market accounts for 19% of total sales.

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The Meaning of the BMW Logo

The logo of  BMW is a spinning white propeller on a blue background (colors of Bavaria), in relationship to their early activities of manufacturing airplane motors. BMW is an acronym that means Bavarian Motor Work.

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The Meaning of the Amazon Logo

The logo of Amazon, the Internet-based company based in the US, was created to represent the message of a smile (satisfaction of customers) and an arrow that goes from A to Z (the endless array of products).

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Springfield, the Generic Home of the Simpsons

Springfield was chosen to be the fictitious home to the iconic Simpsons as it is the most common city name in the US. The show’s writers took a perverse pleasure in hiding the precise location of the city from the audience.

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Big Payoff for TV Role

Starring on a TV series can be as profitable as starring on the big screen. Charlie Sheen holds the earning record for his role on the series "Two and a Half Men". He hit the jackpot, earning 1 250 000 dollars per episode. Not bad for a sitcom! Ashton Kutcher who replaced Sheen after his abrupt departure from the show pulls in a paltry 700 000 dollars per episode.

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Why Do Commercials Sound So Loud?

Despite what viewers might believe, the volume on the TV does not increase during commercials. What gives this impression is the technique known as dynamic range compression, which causes the sound to be perceived as amplified to the ear.

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Kamehameha, the Inspiration for the Manga Dragon Ball

Akira Toriyama, the creator of the manga Dragon Ball, was inspired by the Hawaiian king of the same name. In fact the character Turtle (sometimes called Turtle Hermit) is often spotted wearing Hawaiian-style shirts. The name is also a play on words for kamé means turtle and Ha means wave. A US submarine also bears the name: the le USS Kamehameha.

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The Real Story of Inspector Gadget’s Mustache

In the beginning, the hero of the cartoon Inspector Gadget was intended to have a mustache. However, the creators decided to eliminate it (rather than risk a lawsuit) as the principal character bore a striking resemblance to Inspector Clouseau of the famous Pink Panther films.

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