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

Big Payoff for TV Role

Starring on a TV series can be as profitable as starring on the big screen. Charlie Sheen holds the earning record for his role on the series "Two and a Half Men". He hit the jackpot, earning 1 250 000 dollars per episode. Not bad for a sitcom! Ashton Kutcher who replaced Sheen after his abrupt departure from the show pulls in a paltry 700 000 dollars per episode.

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Fighter Aircraft Turbines To Extinguish Oil Well Fires

During the Gulf War, the Iraqi army torched more than 700 oil wells. To extinguish these massive simultaneous fires, Hungarian engineers developed a radical new approach. They modified tanks by removing the turret and retrofitted two Mig 21 aircraft reactors to the vehicle body. The jet blasts were used to propulse massive amounts of water at the well thus extinguishing the fire very quickly.

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John Kennedy Toole - A Successful Writer After His Death

John Kennedy Toole, a writer, was convinced at the age of 31 that he was a failure and committed suicide. After his death, and through the efforts of his mother, his book "A Confederacy of Dunces" was published and sold over 1.5 million copies. He even won the Pulitzer Prize in 1981. Toole's novels were always rejected during his lifetime.

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Winner and Loser, Two Brothers With Different Paths

An American named one of his sons ''Winner'', to see if it would bring him luck, and three years later, he named another son ''Loser''. But ''Loser'' went to university where he was an accomplished athlete and became a police officer, while ''Winner'' was arrested thirty times, spend several years in prison and became a career criminal.

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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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The Sirtaki - A Dance Created For The Cinema

The Sirtaki dance, as seen in the film ''Zorba the Greek'', was totally concocted by the director Michael Cacoyannis to give poignancy to Anthony Quinn character. It's a combination of the slow and fast version of the Hasapiko dance, which is a real Greek traditional dance.

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Charlie Chaplin And the Look-alike Contest

The famous actor and director Charlie Chaplin appeared incognito in a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest in 1915 and did not even make the final.

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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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