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

The Hidden Dangers of Cannonballs

During 18th-century naval battles it was not the cannonballs themselves that posed a danger, but the explosion of wood that occurred during the firing process. This process often resulted in injuries of the men on the bridge. In fact, cannonballs do not explode.

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Do You Know How the Guinness Book Got Its Name?

The name of the Guinness Book originates from the beer of the same name. In 1951, Sir Hugh Beaver, then the managing director of the Guinness Breweries, had an animated discussion with fellow hunters about the fastest game bird in Europe.

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Why Do CDs Have A 74 Minute Capacity?

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.

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Lucy The Australopithecus And The Beatles

Lucy, the famous 3 million years old Australopithecus discovered in Ethiopia in 1974, was named so due to the Beatles. Indeed the scientists discovered her while they were listening to the Beatles song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds'' one night in their camps.

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The Origin Of The Granny Smith Apple Name

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.

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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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Microsoft or Apple - Who Launched Excel?

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.

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Humidity Sensors in Mobile Devices

Many mobile devices (phones, mp3 players, etc..) have moisture sensors that allow the manufacturer to determine whether the device received for service had been exposed to a liquid. If this is the case, the warranty will be refused.

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Origin of the Name of SEAT Automobiles

The name SEAT stood for the acronym Sociedad Española de Automóviles de Turismo (Spanish Touring Car Company, in English) founded in 1950.

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Why Do Commercials Sound So Loud?

Despite what viewers might believe, the volume on the TV does not increase during commercials. What gives this impression is the technique known as dynamic range compression, which causes the sound to be perceived as amplified to the ear.

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French President’s Great-Grandaughters - Stars of the Hollywood Screen

Emily and Zooey Deschanel are famous American film stars, featured in the series Bones and Weeds. They are the great grand-daughters of Paul Deschanel, President of the French Republic in the 1920s.

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