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

Lost Luggage Auctions - A big Hit in the UK

In England, the sales of lost luggage at auctions are a big hit. They allow you to acquire a lost unclaimed suitcase. As with a surprise package, the buyer does not know what he will find, except that the proceeds from sales are donated to charities. However, there is no chance of finding valuables; the bags are searched beforehand, and those containing jewelry or other valuables are set aside and sold separately.

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Scaffolding Since Prehistoric Times

Prehistoric man, to paint several meters up the Lascaux cave, fabricated scaffoldings. Archaeologists have discovered halfway up the wall lines very regular holes, evidence of the establishment of a temporary wooden structure, ancestor of the scaffolding.

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What Is The Most Dangerous Animal In Africa?

The most dangerous animal in Africa for humans is not the lion or rhino, but the hippo. They are responsible for many deaths, either on the water (boats capsize) or on land (it can charge at more than 25 mi / h or 40 km / h). Even if it's a herbivore, just don't stand between a hippo and his water pond. You will regret it if you survive.

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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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Fallen Astronaut - The Work of Art on The Moon

Yes indeed, there is a work of art on the Moon. This aluminum sculpture of an astronaut in a spacesuit measures a little more than 3 inches and  commemorates astronauts and cosmonauts who have died in the advancement of space exploration. It was placed there by the crew of Apollo 15 on August 1, 1971.

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Microsoft or Apple - Who Launched Excel?

Excel software was first released by Apple for its Macintosh computer in 1985. It only appeared on PC's in November 1987 when Microsoft launched Windows. Although Apple released Excel two years ahead of Microsoft, customers chose the PC platform because they thought that Excel was only available on the PC.

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Lavoisier, Persona Non Grata, During the Reign of Terror

Lavoisier, also known as The Father of Modern Chemistry, was guillotined on May 8, 1794 (during the Reign of Terror) in Paris, at the age of 50, along with his 27 co-defendants. Although widely circulated as being true (doubtful) Lavoisier apparently requested a 15 day stay of execution in order to finish his research.

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Chuck Norris Sings His Way to Success

You surely know the series Walker, Texas Ranger, starring Chuck Norris as Cordell Walker. What you may not know is that Chuck Norris also sang the theme song of the series entitled "The Eyes Of The Ranger".

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Birth Rates Higher During a Full Moon?

Contrary to popular belief. The moon has absolutely no influence on provoking births. Several studies have examined thousands of births, and their conclusions are identical: a full moon sees no increase in the number of births.

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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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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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October 1867 in Alaska - the Shortest Month in History

The state of Alaska, which boasts the largest American reserve of hydrocarbons, was bought by the US from Russia in October of 1867 for 7.2 million dollars. The month of October that year only lasted three weeks, due to the switch from the Russian Julian calendar to the American Gregorian calendar (passing from October 7 - 18).

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