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

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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Do You Need Perfect Vision to be an Airline Pilot?

Contrary to public opinion, an airline pilot can indeed have less than perfect vision. In fact, during the initial examination a candidate need only have 10/10 vision in each eye but can wear glasses or contact lenses during the test. The only restriction is that of the strength of the lenses.

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Pirates Of The Caribbean - First An Attraction

The Pirates of the Caribbean attraction of the Disney parks in the world is not a film adaptation of the same name. It is the film that is an adaptation of the original attraction opened for the first time in 1967 in Disneyland, California.

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The Hidden Arrow Of The Famous FedEx Logo

The logo of the FedEx Company, specializing in rapid delivery of packages, has an arrow "hidden" between the E and the X of its name, symbolizing its activity.

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Dewey Defeats Truman - A Famous False Headline

"Dewey Defeats Truman" was a famous banner headline on the front page of the Chicago Tribune on November 3, 1948. This happened the day after incumbent president Harry S. Truman won an upset victory over Republican challenger and Governor of New York Thomas E. Dewey in the 1948 presidential election.

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Sarsaparilla - Don’t Do Like the Smurfs!

In the comic strip, the Smurfs adore eating sarsaparilla. Humans beware - only the roots and the leaves may be consumed (for their therapeutic effect). The fruit, tiny red berries are highly toxic.

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Goldfish Have Great Memories

Contrary to popular belief, goldfish are pretty intelligent. Studies have proven that their memory spans over several months. If you combine sound and food during a certain period of time, then cease, they will still make the association several months later.

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October 1867 in Alaska - the Shortest Month in History

The state of Alaska, which boasts the largest American reserve of hydrocarbons, was bought by the US from Russia in October of 1867 for 7.2 million dollars. The month of October that year only lasted three weeks, due to the switch from the Russian Julian calendar to the American Gregorian calendar (passing from October 7 - 18).

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Gender Symbols - Where Do They Come From?

The two original gender symbols are derived from astronomical symbols. They were first used to denote the effective gender of plants by Carolus Linnaeus in 1751.

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The Two Color Rule in Table Tennis

The two color rule was initiated in July 1986, stating that one side of the racket rubber must be red and the other side black. This measure was introduced because of the increased use of "combination" rackets, notably during a European championship game when the winner had used a racket whose sides were both red.

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Do You Know the Connection Between Adidas and Puma?

The sports brands Adidas and Pumas were created by two brothers, Adolf and Rudolf Dassler, co-owners of a shoe factory. Following a disagreement in 1948 they founded their respective enterprises: Adolf with Adidas (Adi was his nickname and Das for Dassler) and Puma for Rudolf.

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An Accidental Start to the Song Roxanne

At the beginning of the song Roxanne by The Police, one can hear an atonal piano chord and laughter (reportedly that of the singer Sting). These sounds were totally accidental - during the recording session Sting thought the keyboard cover was closed and sat down on it, resulting in that dissonant chord and ensuing laughter.

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