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

Small Changes Result in Huge Savings for Airline Industry

There are no small-scale savings when it comes to airlines: in 1987, American Airlines is reputed to have implemented a cost-cutting measure of eliminating one olive from each salad served in first class. This ingenious move resulted in savings of 40 000 dollars. Northwest Airlines scored big in 2005 when they withdrew the packs of Pretzels offered to passengers, adding 2 million dollars annually to the company’s coffers.

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Common Surnames in China

In China, the majority of its residents share surnames. In fact, at least a billion Chinese people have surnames found in the list of  the 100 most common ones. If one considers only families with the surnames Wang, Li, or Zhang, we can account for at least 250 million individuals.

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Tne Smallest Army in the World Protects the Pope

The Pontifical Swiss Guard is a military force responsible for the security of the Pope in the Vatican. Numbering 110 men, it is the world’s smallest army.

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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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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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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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Where Did Lady Gaga Get Her Stage Name?

Lady Gaga (Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta ) was the first artist to achieve one billion hits on YouTube. She has stated that her music producer Rob Fusari (who also happened to be her boyfriend) was the first to call her Gaga, after the Queen song "Radio Ga Ga”.

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The Song Enola Gay Has No Connection to Homosexuality

Despite popular belief, OMD’s song Enola Gay did not contain a cryptic message identifying with homosexuality. The truth is that the title refers to the USAF bomber that carried Little Boy, the first atomic bomb to be used in an act of war, dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on August, 1945.

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The Popular Misconception About Classical Music

One usually believes that the term “classical music” refers to art music originating from the Renaissance period. However, this label is incorrect as this genre of music encompasses music spanning several epochs (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern ….). Thus, Mozart belongs to the Classical era as Jean-Sébastien Bach is of the Baroque period.

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AC/DC Lane Commemorates the Legendary Rock Band

The Australian rock band AC/DC has been honored by the city of Melbourne with a street named after them. The street sign features a lightning bolt, an image long associated with  the group. This street was chosen as the one of their videos was shot near there 30 years ago.

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Listen to the Silence - John Cage’s 4’33”

The contemporary musician John Cage is best known for his 1952 composition 4’33” (4 minutes 33 seconds) in which the musicians do not play a single note. 4’33” is a three movement compositions showcasing the sounds of the environment as heard by the audience.

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An Accidental Start to the Song Roxanne

At the beginning of the song Roxanne by The Police, one can hear an atonal piano chord and laughter (reportedly that of the singer Sting). These sounds were totally accidental - during the recording session Sting thought the keyboard cover was closed and sat down on it, resulting in that dissonant chord and ensuing laughter.

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