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

Playwright Molière Did Not Die On Stage

Contrary to popular belief, Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, known by his stage name Molière didn't die on stage, but at home after his fourth performance in the play ''The Hypochondriac''.

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Adam And Eve Didn't Bite Into The Forbidden Apple

Nowhere in the Bible does it say that Adam and Eve had bitten into an apple. The apple nevertheless became the symbol of original sin, but it is never mentioned anywhere in Genesis. It simply speaks of the 'fruit of the tree which is in the garden.

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Fire Rainbows Are a Misnomer

You have surely seen a classic rainbow. But have you ever heard of a fire rainbow? They are neither fire nor rainbows, but are labelled as such because of their brilliant pastel colors and flame- like appearance.

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Tennis Gets Its Origin From The ''Game Of The Palm''

The name of the sport ''Tennis'' gets its origin in the ''Game Of The Palm''. Once the game commenced, the player had to say ''Tenez!'' (Hold!). The Anglo-Saxons understood Tennis. The reason for this confusion comes from the fact that 17th century French the word ''Tenez'' was pronounced ''Tenets! ", using an ''S'' at the end, which does indeed sound like tennis.

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Sweden Opts Out of British Driving System

In 1967, Sweden changed the direction of traffic. Instead of driving on the left side of the road as the were used to, they converted to right side driving like the rest of continental Europe. Authorities had to ban traffic for 5 hours in order to change all the signs, and the army was requisitioned to help.

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Pools Heated by Dead People!

The elected officials of the city of Redditch in England have come up with a new energy source to heat the local pool: a nearby crematorium. They intend to use the heat generated by the crematorium which is released into the atmosphere and re-directed to the pool via a network of pipes. Public consultation revealed that 4 out of 5 residents were in favour of the plan.

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The Importance of Oral Hygiene for Athletes

Poor oral hygiene is a major contributor to cavities. Surprisingly enough it may also have other consequences for athletes, such as tendinitis. In the case of cavities, fragments of germ membrane pass through the blood and irritate the tendons.

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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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Handball - An Outside Sport

Handball was originally  an open air sport, with 11 players on each team.The correct pronunciation is “hande balle” as the origin of this term is German and not English.

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You’ll Never See a Clock or a Window in a Casino

In order to eliminate all notion of time, many casinos have removed all clocks from their establishments. In this way, players have no idea of the time and continue gambling. For the same reason, casinos are designed without windows in the gambling areas.

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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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