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

Alan Smithee - The film director who never existed

In some films, the director is named Alan Smithee. This name is fictitious and is used when a director is in conflict with producers over content and does not want to have his name associated with the movie.

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The Difference Between Numbers and Statistics

There exists a certain confusion between the meanings of numbers and statistics: a number is a symbol, and a statistic represents a quantity. We use statistics to represent numbers just as we use letters to create words. Therefore, when we say 2 oranges, 2 is the amount representing the number.

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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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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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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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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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The Meaning of the Amazon Logo

The logo of Amazon, the Internet-based company based in the US, was created to represent the message of a smile (satisfaction of customers) and an arrow that goes from A to Z (the endless array of products).

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Do We Have To Wait A Few Hours After Eating to Swim?

When you were a child, you probably heard someone tell you to wait a few hours after eating to swim. Yet, It does not increase the risk of hydrocution (Immersion Syndrome) to go swimming right after a meal.

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The Only Actor to Have Played in Six Episodes of Star Wars

Only one actor played in all six Star Wars movies (spanning a period of 30 years). Ironically, he is never directly seen. We are talking about Anthony Daniels - who, under his armor, is none other than the robot C-3PO.

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The Voynich Manuscript Continues to Baffle the World

Since the beginning of the 20th century the Voynich manuscript has intrigued scientists the world over. The document that dates back to the Middle Ages is written in an unknown script, running left to right. There are 234 pages in five distinct sections. Leading cryptographers have yet to crack the code, even with the help of computer programs.

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Why Are Manholes Round?

Manhole covers are round because of the fact that it is the most practical solution to access underground infrastructure. If the cover was square and the plate disturbed on the diagonal, it would simply fall into the hole.

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Morphine and Morpheus - The Greek God Of Dreams

Morphine alkaloid commonly used against pain derives its name from Morpheus, the Greek god of dreams. He possesses ability to make mortals and other gods fall asleep by lightly touching them with a leaf of the opium poppy. Morpheus can also mimic any human form and appear in dreams.

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