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

Lost Luggage Auctions - A big Hit in the UK

In England, the sales of lost luggage at auctions are a big hit. They allow you to acquire a lost unclaimed suitcase. As with a surprise package, the buyer does not know what he will find, except that the proceeds from sales are donated to charities. However, there is no chance of finding valuables; the bags are searched beforehand, and those containing jewelry or other valuables are set aside and sold separately.

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Why Are Manholes Round?

Manhole covers are round because of the fact that it is the most practical solution to access underground infrastructure. If the cover was square and the plate disturbed on the diagonal, it would simply fall into the hole.

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What is The Origin Of The Name Of The Video Game Mario?

The video game character Mario was originally called Jumpman. The name comes from the owner of the premises where Nintendo America was then established, a certain Mario Segali. The job of what would become the favorite Nintendo character was also carpenter at the time, not plumber.

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The World’s Highest Unclimbed Mountain

Gangkhar Puensum which means “three brothers of the mountain” is located in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. This mountain peak soars 24,836 feet and has yet been conquered by mankind despite several attempts which resulted in failure.

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The Origin Of The Phrase Checkmate

In chess, when a player is in a position to capture the king on his/her next move without any parade possible from the opponent, he/she says ''checkmate' and wins the game. This expression comes from mid-14c old French ''eschec mat''. In modern French, '' Échec et mat'', is a deformation of the Arabic word ''al cheikh mat'', which means ''the king is dead''.

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Want to Print Your Own Money, Think Again!

Computer scanning and editing of bank notes is highly controlled in order to foil counterfeiting attempts. Adobe Photoshop and certain scanners have built- in counterfeit deterrence systems, resulting in a warning message popping up should you try to access a currency image. It is reputed that certain patches are available to bypass these security measures.

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Mayday - The Origin Of The Term Is French

When an aircraft or vessel was in distress, the radio operator used the term ''Mayday'' to advise other carriers in the area. This word is derived from the French sentence ''Venez m'aider'' (Come help me). The French sentence was shortened to ''Mayday'' as an international term for distress.

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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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The Role of Catapults on Aircraft Carriers

Planes aboard aircraft carriers do not take off due solely to their propulsion power, as the length of the deck may be too short. Steam-powered catapults assist planes in reaching the speed necessary to take off.

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The Sahara Is Not The Largest Desert In The World

The Sahara at 3.47 million sq mi / 9 million km2 is NOT the largest desert in the world. If we accept the definition of a desert as a wilderness area that receives less than 7.9 inches of rainfall per year and has a definite lack of vegetation and an almost nonexistent population.

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Discover Why The Forest of Landes (France) Is Considered Artificial

The forest at Landes, the largest in Europe, is not a natural one: in fact Napolean planted these coniferous trees as a measure to dry out the marshes in order to render the land more fertile, eliminate malaria, and anchor the dunes.

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