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

Haagen Dazs - The American Version

You are probably a fan of the delicious Haagen Dazs ice cream. But did you know that it is a 100% American product, whose name was chosen to sound Scandinavian? The brand name was created in the Bronx by Reuben Matus in 1961.

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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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Video Games Bring in The Big Bucks!

The video game market is exploding, and  the bestsellers rival movie box office receipts. Profits of the game Call Of Duty Black Ops, released in November of 2010, surpassed a million dollars in less than six weeks. If it had been a movie, it would find itself in the top 5 earners of all-time. Only the movie Avatar has generated as much money in the same time span.

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The Relationship Between New York City and the City of Angouleme in France

New Angoulême was the name given by the Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazano to the site of what would become New York City. This name was chosen in honor of his sponsor, François I, King of France and Count of Angoulême.

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The Story Behind The Linux Penguin Mascot

The Linux operating system has a penguin as a mascot because when the Linux designer Linus Torvalds was visiting the National Zoo & Aquarium in Canberra Australia, as a child, he was bitten by a small penguin.

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Soap Operas Created for Female Homemakers

The expression soap opera refers to the American daytime television series or radio broadcasts. The term "soap operas" originated from having been typically sponsored by soap-making companies such as Proctor & Gamble. At the onset the shows targeted women, particularl stay-at-home moms.

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Handball - An Outside Sport

Handball was originally  an open air sport, with 11 players on each team.The correct pronunciation is “hande balle” as the origin of this term is German and not English.

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Chuck Norris Sings His Way to Success

You surely know the series Walker, Texas Ranger, starring Chuck Norris as Cordell Walker. What you may not know is that Chuck Norris also sang the theme song of the series entitled "The Eyes Of The Ranger".

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You’ll Never See a Clock or a Window in a Casino

In order to eliminate all notion of time, many casinos have removed all clocks from their establishments. In this way, players have no idea of the time and continue gambling. For the same reason, casinos are designed without windows in the gambling areas.

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