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

The World's Largest Pizza Ever Weighed 26,883 Pound

According to Guinness World Records the largest pizza ever created was not in Italy (the most likely location) but in Norwood, South Africa. The pizza measured 122 feet, 8 inches in diameter, weighed 26,883 lbs, and contained 9,920 lbs. of flour, 3,960 lbs. of cheese, 1,763 lbs. of mushrooms, 1,984 lbs. of tomato puree, and 1,984 lbs. of chopped tomatoes.

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Small Changes Result in Huge Savings for Airline Industry

There are no small-scale savings when it comes to airlines: in 1987, American Airlines is reputed to have implemented a cost-cutting measure of eliminating one olive from each salad served in first class. This ingenious move resulted in savings of 40 000 dollars. Northwest Airlines scored big in 2005 when they withdrew the packs of Pretzels offered to passengers, adding 2 million dollars annually to the company’s coffers.

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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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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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What's the Origin of "The Finger"?

The finger of honor in England is indicated by two fingers (when displayed with the palm inward). This practice dates back to the Hundred Years' War: the French would typically cut off the fingers (those necessary for archery) of their English captives. The English in turn would show the two fingers to provoke the French enemy.

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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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The Meaning of the Amazon Logo

The logo of Amazon, the Internet-based company based in the US, was created to represent the message of a smile (satisfaction of customers) and an arrow that goes from A to Z (the endless array of products).

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Koalas Don't Drink Water Except During Heat Waves

The koala is an animal that does not drink water, except in times of great heat. It feeds exclusively on foliage of more than twenty species of eucalyptus. The leaves provide ample water for the animal to survive. Moreover, in the aboriginal language "Koala" means "does not drink".

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Why Do We Clink Glasses Before Drinking Alcohol With Another?

The custom of clinking glasses comes from the Middle ages. Before drinking, the wooden mugs were hit together so that a small amount of liquid would pass from one mug to the other, therefore ensuring that your host would not attempt to poison you.

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How Are Stripes On The Toothpaste Made?

The toothpaste stripes are made through a compartment located just at the top of the nozzle exit and drilled with holes. When you press the tube of paste, the dye contained in this compartment is also pressed by the pulp and escapes through the holes, forming stripes.

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The Voynich Manuscript Continues to Baffle the World

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.

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Strippers Paid to Pay Their Last Respects

An unorthodox funeral tradition exists in certain regions of China and Taiwan. Strippers are hired to cavort near the gravesite in order to guarantee a full house at the ceremony. Apparently the number of attendees is directly proportionate to the respect given to the deceased.

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