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

Why Pens Like Bic Have A Hole In The Cap?

Bic pens have a hole in the cap so that, if ingested by a child, a stream of air can still continue to pass, therefore avoiding asphyxiation.

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St Bernards And A Barrel Of Alcohol

St Bernards have never worn barrel of alcohol around their neck. It is an image that was created by the painter Edwin Landseer describing the rescue of mountain climbers after an avalanche. This image was so endearing that the St Bernard and the alcohol barrel have been associated since.

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Soap Operas Created for Female Homemakers

The expression soap opera refers to the American daytime television series or radio broadcasts. The term "soap operas" originated from having been typically sponsored by soap-making companies such as Proctor & Gamble. At the onset the shows targeted women, particularl stay-at-home moms.

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The 1969 Movie Production of ''Shark'' - The Attack Sequence Is Real!

In one of the scenes, a stuntman had to fight with a tranquilized shark. Unfortunately, the drugs didn't work as predicted, and the actor got totally shredded by the beast.

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Why Are Testicles Outside The Male Body?

Male testicles are outside the body; because spermatogenesis (sperm production) works best at a slightly lower temperature than the body at about 95 °F (35 °C). That is also why the sack shrinks or expands depending on the outdoor temperature.

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The Navajo Language During the World War II

During this time the American Army used the Navajo language as a secret code to transmit messages: the Navajo language was non-existent in the Axis camp, and its complexity prevented the messages from being deciphered.

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Snow And Ice Hits the Sahara Desert

As unbelievable as it may seem, snow fell on the Sahara Desert on February 18, 1979. Furthermore, the word Sahara in Arabic means desert so by saying Sahara Desert one is, in fact, uttering a redundant phrase.

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The Intentionally Blank Pages At The End Of A Book

The blank pages at the end of books aren't there to take notes. It's rather the result of technical constraints assembling the pages. A typical first chapter will start using an uneven number (i.e., 1). Since books are printed in multiples such as 8, 12, 16 etc., if a subsequent chapter starts with an even number, for technical reasons blank pages are accumulated at the end.

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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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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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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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