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

Mayday - The Origin Of The Term Is French

When an aircraft or vessel was in distress, the radio operator used the term ''Mayday'' to advise other carriers in the area. This word is derived from the French sentence ''Venez m'aider'' (Come help me). The French sentence was shortened to ''Mayday'' as an international term for distress.

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Why Is It Always 9:41 In Apple Advertising Campaigns?

The Apple brand is very picky when it comes to details and we often find a logical reason to Apple's choice. That even includes the time displayed on the devices used in advertising campaigns. Yes, you know, it's always the same time on the iPhone, iPad and Mac in the TV spots or the press: 9:41 am. You can do a test by visiting the Apple Store.

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An African Custom - How To Choose Your Child's Name

In some African countries, parents choose the name of their child based on their day and month of birth. If a child is born on the day representing a Saint, he is likely to be given that name.

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Space Invaders Causes Drastic Shortage of 100 Yen Coins

Since the launch of the Space Invaders game in Japan in 1978, it has been so widely successful that the country has experienced a shortage of the coin needed to play the game in arcades. Atari, the producer of the arcade games, increased its profits twenty-fold due entirely to this game.

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Einstein’s Theory of Relativity

It has been discovered that time and speed are clearly linked: take two synchronized clocks, place one on the ground, the other in an airplane flying around the world.

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Why We Have a Seven Day Week and the Meanings of the Names of the Days

We can thank the Chaldeans, a people from Babylon, for providing us with the names of the days of the week. Four thousand years ago they noticed seven stars in the sky and chose their names to represent the days of the week:

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Why Does the Arrobase (@) Appear in Emails ?

The logogram arrobas, designated by the @ symbol, was selected for use in Email addresses to separate the pseudonym mail domain because it is one of the few symbols that does not belong to any traditional alphabet. In this way, a pseudonym is never confused with the mail domain.

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Catch a Glimpse of Corsica From the European Continent

If you look at a map, Corsica appears to be located at a considerable distance from Europe. Yet, at sunset and with favorable meteorological conditions Corsica can be seen from Nice and the surrounding areas.

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The Song Enola Gay Has No Connection to Homosexuality

Despite popular belief, OMD’s song Enola Gay did not contain a cryptic message identifying with homosexuality. The truth is that the title refers to the USAF bomber that carried Little Boy, the first atomic bomb to be used in an act of war, dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on August, 1945.

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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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Do You Know Why August has 31 Days?

An apocryphal story explains it this way when Augustus Caesar claimed control of the Roman Empire. He wanted August (the month named after him) to have as many days as July (month named after his predecessor Julius Caesar). From that point on, August had 31 days, after he eliminated two days from February, leaving it with 28 days.

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Lavoisier, Persona Non Grata, During the Reign of Terror

Lavoisier, also known as The Father of Modern Chemistry, was guillotined on May 8, 1794 (during the Reign of Terror) in Paris, at the age of 50, along with his 27 co-defendants. Although widely circulated as being true (doubtful) Lavoisier apparently requested a 15 day stay of execution in order to finish his research.

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