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

Turn Your Headphones Into A Microphone

If you do not have a microphone for your computer, you can use your headphones by plugging them into the microphone input on your sound card: most headphones can become microphones, but sound quality is quite poor.

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The Maggie Simpson Supermarket Scan

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.

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The typewriter - Ancestor Of The Qwerty Keyboard

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.

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The Origin Of The Names Of The Simpsons Characters

Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons, has parents who are named Homer and Marge and two sisters, Lisa and Margaret (Maggie is). Only the name of Bart was invented, derived from Brat.

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How Drones Can Help Save Lives When Minutes Count

Alec Momont, a young Belgian engineer has designed an ambulance-drone capable of being dispatched to the scene of an accident (radius of 7.5 square miles) in a minute as opposed to the 10 minutes travel time of a regular ambulance.

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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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In India, Mobile Phone Are More Common Than Toilets

India is a developing country with very significant health problems. According to a 2008 UN study, there were more people with mobile phones (almost 50% of the population) than people having access to decent toilets (31%).

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When Luke Skywalker Becomes the Joker

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.

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Kamehameha, the Inspiration for the Manga Dragon Ball

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.

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In Saudi Arabia, Water is More Expensive Than Oil

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.

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Do You Know Why We Say “Set the Table”?

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.

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Should You Wake Up a Sleepwalker?

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.

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