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

The Meaning of the Amazon Logo

The logo of Amazon, the Internet-based company based in the US, was created to represent the message of a smile (satisfaction of customers) and an arrow that goes from A to Z (the endless array of products).

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The Popular Misconception About Classical Music

One usually believes that the term “classical music” refers to art music originating from the Renaissance period. However, this label is incorrect as this genre of music encompasses music spanning several epochs (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern ….). Thus, Mozart belongs to the Classical era as Jean-Sébastien Bach is of the Baroque period.

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The Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons with iTunes

The license to use iTunes, the digital content management software of Apple specifies that you are limited as to its use. There, you have been warned!

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Eat Apples, But Don’t Overdo It!

Many fruits that belong to the rose family (such as apples, pears, apricots, almonds…) contain traces of arsenic or cyanide. Thankfully, these poisons are present in minute amounts in the seeds or pits, and present a danger only if ingested in large quantities. The ingestion of 50 almonds by an adult can engender dire consequences as this amount represents 0.2 grams of cyanide.

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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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Kingda Ka, the Highest Roller coaster in the World

The Kingda Ka is the highest roller coaster in the world and one of the fastest ever recorded. Passengers are propelled by a hydraulic motor to speeds of 206km/h in 3.5 seconds. The train climbs vertically more than 139 meters, then plummets down a 90-degree angle at 99 miles/h. This wild ride is found at Six Flags Great Adventure in the USA.

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Yap Island's Stone Currency

The island of Yap in Micronesia has a special monetary system. Although using simple shells for small transactions, significant amounts are sometimes paid with pieces of stone, some weighing tons.

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Why Do We Dye Heating Oil?

Some fuels are colored to allow authorities to detect fraud inconsistent with the their intended use. This is the case of heating oil, which is colored pink to detect motorists who are using it as fuel. Note that in case of fraud with heating oil, the motorist is liable for a heavy fine and in some countries, the fine is based on the vehicles cumulated mileage.

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Sega Sonic 3 - A Michael Jackson Hit?

Michael Jackson co-wrote some of the music for the Sonic 3 Sega Genesis. In the final theme, there are some elements that Jackson used later in his hit song "Stranger in Moscow". However, Jackson's name does not appear anywhere on the game because he was not satisfied with the final result of the console, due to the units limited audio capabilities.

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