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

Colds and Drafts

The common cold, contrary to popular belief, is not caused by exposure to drafts or cold air but solely by contamination (coughs, sneezes, contact with saliva or nasal secretions).

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Nadal, Right-Handed Yet Serves with the Left

Rafael Nadal, one of the greatest tennis players of all times serves with his left hand. Yet off the court, he reverts to being right-handed. As a youngster, he played tennis equally well with both hands. As his strength increased in his left hand, he made the decision to always play in this manner.

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Beets Have Strange Consequences on the Body

If you consume a significant amount of beets, you may indeed discover that your urine has a mauve tint. No need to worry, it is just that the human body has difficulty processing the coloring of this veggie. In fact, beets are used in the manufacturing of industrial dyes.

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Catch a Glimpse of Corsica From the European Continent

If you look at a map, Corsica appears to be located at a considerable distance from Europe. Yet, at sunset and with favorable meteorological conditions Corsica can be seen from Nice and the surrounding areas.

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Why Pens Like Bic Have A Hole In The Cap?

Bic pens have a hole in the cap so that, if ingested by a child, a stream of air can still continue to pass, therefore avoiding asphyxiation.

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John Bonham of Led Zeppelin Died from Alcohol Poisoning

John Bonham, the Led Zeppelin drummer, died in 1980 of alcohol poisoning after drinking 40 shots of vodka in less than 4 hours.

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Curry - A Spice Or Not a Spice?

Curry is not a spice in itself but a preparation of multiple spices: salt, mustard, ginger, garlic, onion, coriander, cumin, chilli, pepper, cloves, etc.

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The Sugar - Coated Windows in Movies

In movies, the windows that shatter or through which the actors are propelled are, in fact, not made of glass but sugar, to avoid injuries. A refined manufacturing technique results in a transparent product.

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Alan Smithee - The film director who never existed

In some films, the director is named Alan Smithee. This name is fictitious and is used when a director is in conflict with producers over content and does not want to have his name associated with the movie.

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