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

Nadal, Right-Handed Yet Serves with the Left

Rafael Nadal, one of the greatest tennis players of all times serves with his left hand. Yet off the court, he reverts to being right-handed. As a youngster, he played tennis equally well with both hands. As his strength increased in his left hand, he made the decision to always play in this manner.

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Homer Respects Traditions and Customs From Around the World

The famous series “The Simpsons” is dubbed in many different languages such as French, Japanese, German, and Arabic. Local idioms and religious customs are frequently adopted in place of direct translation. For example in the Arabic version, in order to respect Islamic traditions, Homer drinks soda pop instead of beer and chomps down on all-beef wieners.

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No Sex Life for Certain Fruit

Parthenocarpy (Latin for “maiden fruit”) refers to the development of fruit without fertilization. The process produces a sterile fruit which lacks seeds. This method of reproduction results in fruit that are clones of each other.

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Crooked Forest - Another Example of The Strange and Unexplained

There is a crooked forest in Western Poland where over 400 pine trees grow horizontally (90-degree bend at the base of their trunks). It seems like the trees grew normally for 7-10 years, then developed this curvature in the trunk structure.

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Origin of the Word Dandelion

One traces the origin of this word back to the times when England had French as the official language. This weed was known as the 'Pissenlit'' or its nickname, ''Dent de lion'' (Lion tooth). The English retained this name, but with an inaccurate spelling.

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Do You Know Why We Say "Heroin" And "Junkies"?

Felix Hoffmann, of the Bayer company in Germany registered the trademark ''heroin'' in 1898 for their morphine product substitute. ''Heroin'' was chosen from German for heroic, because, in field studies, people using the medicine felt "heroic", but no evidence for this seems to have been found so far.

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How Did the Tetris Game Get Its Name?

The name of the Tetris game was not chosen by random. The Greek word tetra means four, as the figures needed to assemble in the game are composed of 4 squares. Since its creation in 1984, it was estimated that more than 170 million games have been sold, in 30 different versions.

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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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Why Do Casino Dealers Have No Pockets?

Casino staff, especially the dealers, have no jacket or pant pockets to avoid concealing cards, tokens or dice.

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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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Newton's Unintentional Invention

Newton could not shut the door since the cat would meow and scratch. His solution was to cut a small hole at the bottom of the door and place a piece of fabric to cover it. In this way, the cat could come and go at will. The cat flap has since evolved. We now have electronic chips sewn into animal collars that will only permit entrance to your pet.

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Chile - The Skinniest Country In The World

The skinniest country in the world is Chile, with a length of 2672 miles (4300 km) going from North to South). It is 23 times longer than wide and spans over 39 degrees of latitude or the distance from Norway to the Sahara. Chili which is in South America, also has territories in Oceania (Easter Island) and Antarctica.

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