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

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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Discover Why The Forest of Landes (France) Is Considered Artificial

The forest at Landes, the largest in Europe, is not a natural one: in fact Napolean planted these coniferous trees as a measure to dry out the marshes in order to render the land more fertile, eliminate malaria, and anchor the dunes.

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St Bernards And A Barrel Of Alcohol

St Bernards have never worn barrel of alcohol around their neck. It is an image that was created by the painter Edwin Landseer describing the rescue of mountain climbers after an avalanche. This image was so endearing that the St Bernard and the alcohol barrel have been associated since.

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Why Do Butter Is Normally Darker In The Summer?

Butter is normally darker in the summer due to an increased presence of chlorophyll and carotene in the diet of cows. To maintain the same color of butter throughout the years, manufacturers sometimes add dyes. This dye is added so as not to disrupt the consumer. It is either carotene or a natural pigment.

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The Shortest Written Exchange Was Between Victor Hugo And His Publisher

In 1862, after completing his literary work ''Les Miserables'', Victor Hugo was so exhausted, he was forced by his doctor to go on vacation and have no contact with the outside world. Worried about the success of the release of his book, he could not resist sending a telegram to his publisher. The question asked was ''?''. The answer was "!'' to indicate success.

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Hugo Boss - Tailor To The Nazis

Before and during the second world war, the Hugo Boss company produced the black SS uniforms And the SA brown shirts for the Nazi party. This fact was uncovered following after years of investigation by journalists in 1997.

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Sharon Stone's IQ - Is she a MENSA Member?

Contrary to popular belief, Sharon Stone's IQ quite average. She claimed that she had an above average IQ, and stated that she was MENSA member, which is a group of people with high IQs. Once MENSA discovered this statement, they emphatically denied that she was a member.

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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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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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