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

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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Fake North Korean Fans at the 2010 World Cup

Given North Korea’s strict prohibitions on leaving the country, the government hired Chinese supporters to take the place of their country’s fans. It has been said that these fans/actors received airline tickets as payment for their presence and support of the national team.

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The Dead Sea Facing a Certain Death

The Dead Sea is situated 1407 feet below sea level, making it the deepest point on earth. Due to intensive human water consumption, climatic changes, and evaporation the Dead Sea level is dropping at an alarming rate of 3 feet per year, causing many to fear it will disappear.

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What's the Origin of "The Finger"?

The finger of honor in England is indicated by two fingers (when displayed with the palm inward). This practice dates back to the Hundred Years' War: the French would typically cut off the fingers (those necessary for archery) of their English captives. The English in turn would show the two fingers to provoke the French enemy.

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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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Want to Print Your Own Money, Think Again!

Computer scanning and editing of bank notes is highly controlled in order to foil counterfeiting attempts. Adobe Photoshop and certain scanners have built- in counterfeit deterrence systems, resulting in a warning message popping up should you try to access a currency image. It is reputed that certain patches are available to bypass these security measures.

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Boeing Everett Factory Holds World Record

Located in Everett, north of Seattle, the Boeing assembly site is the largest building in the world per volume with 472 million cubic feet, covering 4.3 million square feet. It is where wide-body Boeing 747s, 767s,777s and the new 787 Dreamliner are assembled.

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