In one of ''The Simpsons'' TV episodes, Marge and Maggie are checking out groceries at the supermarket. Maggie, who is sitting on the conveyor belt, is accidentally scanned along with the groceries as Marge reads her magazine, Mom Monthly. Maggie is scanned at $847.63 (which represented the monthly cost of raising a child at in the United States) and is dropped into Marge's shopping bag.
The QWERTY keyboard was originally designed for typewriters so that the letter arms would not get tangled in the quick press of two buttons. The letters of the keyboard were placed in such manner so as to ensure that frequently used letters would be spaced further away from each other.
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.
Mark Hamill is known worldwide for his role of Luke Skywalker, the central protagonist of the original film trilogy of the Star Wars universe. What is not common knowledge, however, is that he has turned to dubbing, starring as the voice of a superhero in movies and video games. He is notably the voice of the Joker in the Batman movie.
Akira Toriyama, the creator of the manga Dragon Ball, was inspired by the Hawaiian king of the same name. In fact the character Turtle (sometimes called Turtle Hermit) is often spotted wearing Hawaiian-style shirts. The name is also a play on words for kamé means turtle and Ha means wave. A US submarine also bears the name: the le USS Kamehameha.
In Saudia Arabia, oil is found in such abundance that it is cheaper than drinking water, a natural resource of limited supply. In fact, the country has been forced to invest massive amounts of money in desalination plants in order to meet the demands of the region which lacks natural waterways and groundwater.
This expression dates back to the Middle Ages: the Lord of the manor would invite so many guests that often times the table would be too small.The quick fix was to set planks upon wooden trestles. In order to hide the rustic appearance of the table large covers would be draped or set upon it.
You have probably heard that it is dangerous to wake up a sleepwalker. This is decidedly false, and it is at times preferable to wake the person up rather than let the individual face danger. Upon waking up, the sleepwalker may be disoriented, but will react as any other sleeper suddenly awakened.