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

Picasso Paid His Restaurant Bills With Artistic Doodles

Pablo Picasso was often found drawing on the paper tablecloths at his favorite restaurants. Restaurateurs would often ask him to leave the drawings instead of paying the bill. According to legend, when a restaurateur asked him to sign the drawing, Picasso reportedly replied "I came to eat, not buy the restaurant."

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''Les Demoiselles d'Avignon'' By Picasso - Nothing To Do With France

Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, the famous painting by Picasso considered the starting point of Cubism, wasn't named in reference to the French town of the same name. This painting paid tribute to prostitutes who worked on Avinyo street in Barcelona.

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Fighter Aircraft Turbines To Extinguish Oil Well Fires

During the Gulf War, the Iraqi army torched more than 700 oil wells. To extinguish these massive simultaneous fires, Hungarian engineers developed a radical new approach. They modified tanks by removing the turret and retrofitted two Mig 21 aircraft reactors to the vehicle body. The jet blasts were used to propulse massive amounts of water at the well thus extinguishing the fire very quickly.

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Secrets Of The Snake Charmer - Music Has Nothing To Do With It

Snakes are not charmed by the sound of a flute since they do not have the capacity to sense sound. They react to the movement of the flute tip thus following its trajectory.

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Why Do Some Dutch Cities Have Names Ending With ''Dam''?

The suffix "dam" is added to the name of many Dutch cities such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam, etc. The reason for this fact is that "dam" means "barricade" in English. These cities were enlarged by reclaiming land from the sea. To secure these gains, dams were constructed to protect them from flooding.

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God Save The Queen Or The King?

In the UK, the official anthem is now "God save the Queen". But if a male become the monarch at the death of the current Queen, the national anthem will then be "God Save the King."

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Sherlock Holmes Never Said "Elementary My Dear Watson''

The phrase "elementary my dear Watson" does not appear in any of Sir Arthur Conan Doyles novels of the adventures of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes. This phrase was only used in the television adaptations that have famously coined the phrase.

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Heat is the Best Defense Against Bug Bites

Heat allows for the treatment of bug bites. Insect venom, as that of many animals, is thermolabile that is to say, destroyed by heat. Heat also allows for an influx of blood which in turn dilutes the venom present in the body. It is for the same reason that your skin will turn red near a heat source.

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Do You Know How the Guinness Book Got Its Name?

The name of the Guinness Book originates from the beer of the same name. In 1951, Sir Hugh Beaver, then the managing director of the Guinness Breweries, had an animated discussion with fellow hunters about the fastest game bird in Europe.

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Autorotation - Landing A Helicopter Without Engine

A helicopter with an engine failure in flight does not always crash. A phase may occur called autorotation. In fact, during the fall air turns the blades, which gives sufficient lift the device to land quickly. This technique is taught to helicopter pilots to deal with emergencies.

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Haagen Dazs - The American Version

You are probably a fan of the delicious Haagen Dazs ice cream. But did you know that it is a 100% American product, whose name was chosen to sound Scandinavian? The brand name was created in the Bronx by Reuben Matus in 1961.

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The Funny Thing About The Newman Logo

The logo of the brand Newman Clothing seems classic at first glance, yet it has a funny feature: it's the same whether you look at it normally or if you rotate it at 180 °

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