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

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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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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The Last Judgment By Michelangelo Was Censored

In 1564, the Church retouched "the Last Judgement" painted by Michelangelo on the wall of the Sistine Chapel a few years earlier, to cover the nudes that caused a scandal. The Church spoke to Daniele Volterra, so that he covered the genitals of the characters. These additions are still in place today. These alterations earned Volterra the nickname "Il Braghettone" ("the breeches maker").

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Sarsaparilla - Don’t Do Like the Smurfs!

In the comic strip, the Smurfs adore eating sarsaparilla. Humans beware - only the roots and the leaves may be consumed (for their therapeutic effect). The fruit, tiny red berries are highly toxic.

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Koalas Don't Drink Water Except During Heat Waves

The koala is an animal that does not drink water, except in times of great heat. It feeds exclusively on foliage of more than twenty species of eucalyptus. The leaves provide ample water for the animal to survive. Moreover, in the aboriginal language "Koala" means "does not drink".

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Ridiculous Drawings - A Manga

Manga is the Japanese version of the comic strips. The Japanese artist Hokusai coined the term Manga to describe comic characters. The literal translation of the word Manga is "ridiculous picture". Even though he was a cartoonist, he was deeply influenced by the impressionist movement and in particular Van Gogh and Monet.

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Do We Have To Wait A Few Hours After Eating to Swim?

When you were a child, you probably heard someone tell you to wait a few hours after eating to swim. Yet, It does not increase the risk of hydrocution (Immersion Syndrome) to go swimming right after a meal.

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Bud Spencer - An Actor And Olympic Swimmer

The actor Bud Spencer (Carlo Pedersoli), famous for his roles as a thug in western movies with Terence Hill, was a two-time Olympic athlete (1952 and 1956). He was part of the Italian swim team and also tried water-polo.

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Chanel No. 5 - Origin Of The Name Of This Fragrance

Chanel No. 5 perfume was named so because the French couturier Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel who, having a choice between ten bottles of different fragrances, set her choice on the bottle ... number five.

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Is Having A Picnic French?

The word 'Picnic' gets its origin in France around late eighteenth century by joining the common form of the verb ''piquer'' (meaning "to pick or peck" from old French") and the phrase "Dire nic" (meaning "something of little value").

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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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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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