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

Dewey Defeats Truman - A Famous False Headline

"Dewey Defeats Truman" was a famous banner headline on the front page of the Chicago Tribune on November 3, 1948. This happened the day after incumbent president Harry S. Truman won an upset victory over Republican challenger and Governor of New York Thomas E. Dewey in the 1948 presidential election.

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The Hidden Dangers of Cannonballs

During 18th-century naval battles it was not the cannonballs themselves that posed a danger, but the explosion of wood that occurred during the firing process. This process often resulted in injuries of the men on the bridge. In fact, cannonballs do not explode.

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Do You Need Perfect Vision to be an Airline Pilot?

Contrary to public opinion, an airline pilot can indeed have less than perfect vision. In fact, during the initial examination a candidate need only have 10/10 vision in each eye but can wear glasses or contact lenses during the test. The only restriction is that of the strength of the lenses.

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Should You Wake Up a Sleepwalker?

You have probably heard that it is dangerous to wake up a sleepwalker. This is decidedly false, and it is at times preferable to wake the person up rather than let the individual face danger. Upon waking up, the sleepwalker may be disoriented, but will react as any other sleeper suddenly awakened.

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God Save The King Was Created For The King Of France

The French Marquise de Créquy wrote in her book "Souvenirs", that the song ''Grand Dieu Sauve Le Roi'', was written by Jean-Baptiste Lully. According to the Marquise de Créquy, Lully created the song to celebrate the success of an operation to remove an anal fistula from the French king Louis XIV.

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Small Changes Result in Huge Savings for Airline Industry

There are no small-scale savings when it comes to airlines: in 1987, American Airlines is reputed to have implemented a cost-cutting measure of eliminating one olive from each salad served in first class. This ingenious move resulted in savings of 40 000 dollars. Northwest Airlines scored big in 2005 when they withdrew the packs of Pretzels offered to passengers, adding 2 million dollars annually to the company’s coffers.

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So, Where Does An Alexandrine Come From?

In syllabic verse, such as that used in French literature, an alexandrine is a line of twelve syllables. There is some controversy as to the origin of the name, but most probably it is derived from a collection of Alexandrine romances, collected in the 12th century, of which Alexander the Great was the hero, written entirely in alexandrines.

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The Million Dollar Homepage

In 2005, Alex Tew, a 21 year old student from Wiltshire, England, had the ingenious idea that would make him a fortune and a media sensation. He decided to create the Million Dollar Homepage, selling 100-pixel "blocks" measuring 10 × 10 pixels - one million pixels in all. Five months later, thanks to international media attention, he had reached his goal.

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Japanese Judoka, Unbeatable Until 1961

Until 1961, no judoka had ever beaten a Japanese judoka in the world championships. The very first to break this long-lasting winning streak was Anton Geesink from the Netherlands, with an impressive 6 feet 6 inches and 254 pounds (2 meters/115 kilos).

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God Save The Queen Or The King?

In the UK, the official anthem is now "God save the Queen". But if a male become the monarch at the death of the current Queen, the national anthem will then be "God Save the King."

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Pacman Could Have Been Called Fuck-Man

The famous Pacman game was initially named Puck-Man when it was released in 1979. Its name had to be changed however to prevent pranksters from scratching the loop of the letter ''P'' into an ''F'' on the arcade (that would have given Fuck-Man). According to legend, the shape of the character was inspired by its creator from a pizza that has missing slice.

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Do You Know the Difference Between Cyclones, Hurricanes and Typhoons?

Hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons are all the same weather phenomenon; we just use different names for these storms in different locations. In the Atlantic and Northeast Pacific, the term “hurricane” is used.

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