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

The Symbolism Of The 52 Card Deck

The number of cards in a deck is based on the Gregorian calendar. There are 4 colors for the four seasons of the year, 12 figures for the 12 months, 52 cards for 52 weeks and the sum of all points in a deck of cards plus the joker is 365 representing the number of days per year.

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American TV’s - No-No Words

There is a so-called list called “Seven Dirty Words” which contains the words forbidden to be aired on US broadcast television. This came about in 1978 when the Supreme Court was petitioned to rule on the decency of a George Carlin skit. If these words are uttered, they must be replaced by a “beep” censure.

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Why Chameleon's Change Color?

Contrary to popular belief, chameleon's don't change color to match the scenery around them, but changes color to reflect its emotional state. Therefore, when a chameleon is angry or frightened, the color change has nothing to do with the surrounding environment and is certainly not camouflage.

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The Old-Fashioned Way to Detect Diabetes

In the old days, doctors were sometimes forced to taste the urine of their patients to confirm their well-being. If the urine tasted sweet it was assumed that the patient was suffering from sugar diabetes. Luckily, this practice has been replaced by specialized blood tests.

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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 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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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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Ocean Seaweed And Oxygen Production

Contrary to what people think, it is not forests that produce the most oxygen, but rather ocean seaweed. This organism produces more than two-thirds of the oxygen on the planet.

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The Secret Behind The Quiksilver Logo

The logo of the brand Quiksilver, a wave passing over a mountain, describes the two business areas of the brand; snowboarding and surfing. The logo was inspired by a woodblock print entitled "The Great Wave Kanagawa". This print was done by Japanese ukiyo-e artist Hokusai. Hokusai and represents a wave passing over Mount Fuji.

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