In 1564, the Church retouched "the Last Judgement" painted by Michelangelo on the wall of the Sistine Chapel a few years earlier, to cover the nudes that caused a scandal. The Church spoke to Daniele Volterra, so that he covered the genitals of the characters. These additions are still in place today. These alterations earned Volterra the nickname "Il Braghettone" ("the breeches maker").
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.
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.
During a junior tennis match at the 1983 US Open Junior Championship, Stefan Edberg unintentionally caused the death of a linesman. While returning a served ball, he accidently hit the linesman, causing him to fall to the ground where he hit his head. He died a few days later as a result of the fall. Edberg was deeply affected by this tragedy and considered quitting the game.
The Granny Smith, the greenest of all the apples, bears its name in reference to the person who accidentally created this variety, Maria Ann Smith. She was a "grandmother" (granny in English), a British citizen who migrated to Australia in 1838. Apparently, She threw an apple core in her garden, therefore creating the first apple tree that gave unique green apples.
Many fruits that belong to the rose family (such as apples, pears, apricots, almonds…) contain traces of arsenic or cyanide. Thankfully, these poisons are present in minute amounts in the seeds or pits, and present a danger only if ingested in large quantities. The ingestion of 50 almonds by an adult can engender dire consequences as this amount represents 0.2 grams of cyanide.
Actor Jack Nicholson, best known for his roles in ''The Shining'' and ''Batman'', was raised believing that his grandparents were his parents and that his mother was his sister.
It was only in 1974 that he learned the truth, told by a reporter from Time Magazine that carried a story on him. His mother and grandmother were already dead when he heard the news, and he does not know who his father is.