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

Why Do CDs Have A 74 Minute Capacity?

The CD has a capacity of 74 minutes, because during the design  the engineers decided that its ultimate capacity should be able to encompass Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in its long version. To accomplish this criterion, they had to choose a 12 centimeter 16-bit 44.1kHz disc format.

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Google Death Benefits!

If an active Google employee dies, the company will continue to pay, his or her spouse, 50% of their salary for the next ten years. Additionally, if the employee has children, the firm will pay each child a monthly stipend of 1,000 dollars till the age of 19. If a child is a full-time student, the stipend will continue to the age of 23. There are 34,000 employees who currently have this benefit.

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Where Did Lady Gaga Get Her Stage Name?

Lady Gaga (Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta ) was the first artist to achieve one billion hits on YouTube. She has stated that her music producer Rob Fusari (who also happened to be her boyfriend) was the first to call her Gaga, after the Queen song "Radio Ga Ga”.

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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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Sherlock Holmes Never Said "Elementary My Dear Watson''

The phrase "elementary my dear Watson" does not appear in any of Sir Arthur Conan Doyles novels of the adventures of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes. This phrase was only used in the television adaptations that have famously coined the phrase.

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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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Sweden Opts Out of British Driving System

In 1967, Sweden changed the direction of traffic. Instead of driving on the left side of the road as the were used to, they converted to right side driving like the rest of continental Europe. Authorities had to ban traffic for 5 hours in order to change all the signs, and the army was requisitioned to help.

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Why Are There Bars Under The F And J Keyboard Keys?

The F and J keys on your keyboard are engraved with a small bar under each key so as to give a tactile cue to position your index fingers when you are not looking at the keyboard. It also helps blind people to spot the proper position on the keyboard.

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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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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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The Amazing Family Of Famous Actor Jack Nicholson

Actor Jack Nicholson, best known for his roles in ''The Shining'' and ''Batman'', was raised believing that his grandparents were his parents and that his mother was his sister.
It was only in 1974 that he learned the truth, told by a reporter from Time Magazine that carried a story on him. His mother and grandmother were already dead when he heard the news, and he does not know who his father is.

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There Are More Than 60,000 Roundabouts In the World

In your travels around the world, you are sure to encounter roundabouts. US drivers might know them as traffic circles, road circles, or rotaries. Half of the world’s 60, 000 roundabouts are found in France. The construction cost of a roundabout varies from  100,000 to a million USD.

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