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

Why Do We Clink Glasses Before Drinking Alcohol With Another?

The custom of clinking glasses comes from the Middle ages. Before drinking, the wooden mugs were hit together so that a small amount of liquid would pass from one mug to the other, therefore ensuring that your host would not attempt to poison you.

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Dali's Painting ''Soft Watches'': The Size Of An Envelope

You have probably seem one of the most famous paintings created by Dali, "The Persistence of Memory", also known as ''Soft Watches'', representing watches that are melting. When you see its presentation, you have no idea that it's only the size of a large envelope (10'' by 33'' or 24 by 33 cm) despite the impressive precision of detail.

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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 10 Minute Market Crash Of 2010

On May 6th, 2010, The New York Stock Exchange suffered its first "Flash Crash". It fell by almost 1000 points before regaining 600, all in just 10 minutes. This very short but intense crash, virtually bankrupting major multinationals, was caused by high-frequency trading, based on automated sales algorithms which created a chain reaction.

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Jason Statham - Actor, Producer, Martial artist, And Former Diver

Action films Actor Jason Statham, best known for his role in the movies ''The Transporters'' was a member of the National Diving Team of Great Britain in the 90s, and even finished 12th in the 1992 World Championship.

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The Difference Between Numbers and Statistics

There exists a certain confusion between the meanings of numbers and statistics: a number is a symbol, and a statistic represents a quantity. We use statistics to represent numbers just as we use letters to create words. Therefore, when we say 2 oranges, 2 is the amount representing the number.

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Lightning Rod and Power Surge Protector Different Functions

Lightning rods and surge protection are different devices with different functions : the lightning rod is used to channel lightning to earth in a direct impact on a structure to protect it from fire for instance, while the SPD is to prevent surges in power lines and telecommunications.

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How Are Stripes On The Toothpaste Made?

The toothpaste stripes are made through a compartment located just at the top of the nozzle exit and drilled with holes. When you press the tube of paste, the dye contained in this compartment is also pressed by the pulp and escapes through the holes, forming stripes.

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Kingda Ka, the Highest Roller coaster in the World

The Kingda Ka is the highest roller coaster in the world and one of the fastest ever recorded. Passengers are propelled by a hydraulic motor to speeds of 206km/h in 3.5 seconds. The train climbs vertically more than 139 meters, then plummets down a 90-degree angle at 99 miles/h. This wild ride is found at Six Flags Great Adventure in the USA.

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The Sugar - Coated Windows in Movies

In movies, the windows that shatter or through which the actors are propelled are, in fact, not made of glass but sugar, to avoid injuries. A refined manufacturing technique results in a transparent product.

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Sonic Hedgehog - An Essential Protein For The Embryo

This protein was discovered in 1996 by a biologist who loved the Sega Sonic Hedgehog character. In searching for a name of this newly discovered protein, the researcher decided to name it the Sonic Hedgehog. This protein plays an essential role in the embryonic skeletal development.

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Adam And Eve Didn't Bite Into The Forbidden Apple

Nowhere in the Bible does it say that Adam and Eve had bitten into an apple. The apple nevertheless became the symbol of original sin, but it is never mentioned anywhere in Genesis. It simply speaks of the 'fruit of the tree which is in the garden.

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