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.

Now I Know
987
I Knew it
385

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.

Now I Know
771
I Knew it
516

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.

Now I Know
781
I Knew it
400

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.

Now I Know
890
I Knew it
521

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.

Now I Know
953
I Knew it
458

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.

Now I Know
610
I Knew it
399

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.

Now I Know
1038
I Knew it
462

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.

Now I Know
840
I Knew it
465

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.

Now I Know
841
I Knew it
361

James Bond, Secret Agent and Ornithologist

Ian Fleming, the creator of the literary character James Bond, drew on his passion for ornithology and dubbed the now-famous secret agent in honour of the American bird expert of the same name.

Now I Know
680
I Knew it
359

Sarsaparilla - Don’t Do Like the Smurfs!

In the comic strip, the Smurfs adore eating sarsaparilla. Humans beware - only the roots and the leaves may be consumed (for their therapeutic effect). The fruit, tiny red berries are highly toxic.

Now I Know
818
I Knew it
391

There Are More Than 60,000 Roundabouts In the World

In your travels around the world, you are sure to encounter roundabouts. US drivers might know them as traffic circles, road circles, or rotaries. Half of the world’s 60, 000 roundabouts are found in France. The construction cost of a roundabout varies from  100,000 to a million USD.

Now I Know
811
I Knew it
525