The CD has a capacity of 74 minutes, because during the design the engineers decided that its ultimate capacity should be able to encompass Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in its long version. To accomplish this criterion, they had to choose a 12 centimeter 16-bit 44.1kHz disc format.
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.
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.
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.
Excel software was first released by Apple for its Macintosh computer in 1985. It only appeared on PC's in November 1987 when Microsoft launched Windows. Although Apple released Excel two years ahead of Microsoft, customers chose the PC platform because they thought that Excel was only available on the PC.