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

Homer Respects Traditions and Customs From Around the World

The famous series “The Simpsons” is dubbed in many different languages such as French, Japanese, German, and Arabic. Local idioms and religious customs are frequently adopted in place of direct translation. For example in the Arabic version, in order to respect Islamic traditions, Homer drinks soda pop instead of beer and chomps down on all-beef wieners.

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Guiding Light Outlasts All Other TV Shows

Guiding Light is an American television soap opera that is listed in Guinness World Records as the longest-running television drama in history. There have been 15 762 episodes, broadcast from 1952 - 2009, preceded by a 15-year broadcast on radio. For courageous fans, please note that it would take 9700 hours (404 days) to watch the entire series.

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The Voynich Manuscript Continues to Baffle the World

Since the beginning of the 20th century the Voynich manuscript has intrigued scientists the world over. The document that dates back to the Middle Ages is written in an unknown script, running left to right. There are 234 pages in five distinct sections. Leading cryptographers have yet to crack the code, even with the help of computer programs.

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In Saudi Arabia, Water is More Expensive Than Oil

In Saudia Arabia, oil is found in such abundance that it is cheaper than drinking water, a natural resource of limited supply. In fact, the country has been forced to invest massive amounts of money in desalination plants in order to meet the demands of the region which lacks natural waterways and groundwater.

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The Weird Street Names in Emerainville

In Seine-et-Marne the city of Emerainville is noted for its originality in street names, In fact, primary school students are charged with choosing the names. For this reason, you might find yourself strolling down Singing Toad Street, wandering on Green Rabbit Street or even browsing the shops on Pink Crocodile.

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Chimney Sweeping Obligatory in Germany Until 2008

Until the end of 2008 Germany did not fool around with chimney-sweeping. Based on a law enacted during the Nazi era, homeowners were forced to allow chimney sweeps to enter their homes and carry out inspections.

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Kingda Ka, the Highest Roller coaster in the World

The Kingda Ka is the highest roller coaster in the world and one of the fastest ever recorded. Passengers are propelled by a hydraulic motor to speeds of 206km/h in 3.5 seconds. The train climbs vertically more than 139 meters, then plummets down a 90-degree angle at 99 miles/h. This wild ride is found at Six Flags Great Adventure in the USA.

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The Eiffel Tower Was a Publicity Stand

Today the Eiffel Tower is bathed in lights, but in the past it served as a support for commercials: in 1925, a logo of the automotive company Citroen was affixed to the Eiffel Tower. Situated on  the second and last floors, the illuminated inscription held letter measuring 30 meters in height.

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Pools Heated by Dead People!

The elected officials of the city of Redditch in England have come up with a new energy source to heat the local pool: a nearby crematorium. They intend to use the heat generated by the crematorium which is released into the atmosphere and re-directed to the pool via a network of pipes. Public consultation revealed that 4 out of 5 residents were in favour of the plan.

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Do You Need Perfect Vision to be an Airline Pilot?

Contrary to public opinion, an airline pilot can indeed have less than perfect vision. In fact, during the initial examination a candidate need only have 10/10 vision in each eye but can wear glasses or contact lenses during the test. The only restriction is that of the strength of the lenses.

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Birth Rates Higher During a Full Moon?

Contrary to popular belief. The moon has absolutely no influence on provoking births. Several studies have examined thousands of births, and their conclusions are identical: a full moon sees no increase in the number of births.

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Should You Wake Up a Sleepwalker?

You have probably heard that it is dangerous to wake up a sleepwalker. This is decidedly false, and it is at times preferable to wake the person up rather than let the individual face danger. Upon waking up, the sleepwalker may be disoriented, but will react as any other sleeper suddenly awakened.

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