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

Why Do Some Dutch Cities Have Names Ending With ''Dam''?

The suffix "dam" is added to the name of many Dutch cities such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam, etc. The reason for this fact is that "dam" means "barricade" in English. These cities were enlarged by reclaiming land from the sea. To secure these gains, dams were constructed to protect them from flooding.

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Picasso Paid His Restaurant Bills With Artistic Doodles

Pablo Picasso was often found drawing on the paper tablecloths at his favorite restaurants. Restaurateurs would often ask him to leave the drawings instead of paying the bill. According to legend, when a restaurateur asked him to sign the drawing, Picasso reportedly replied "I came to eat, not buy the restaurant."

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The Hidden Arrow Of The Famous FedEx Logo

The logo of the FedEx Company, specializing in rapid delivery of packages, has an arrow "hidden" between the E and the X of its name, symbolizing its activity.

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"The Boat" Famous Painting by Matisse Exposed Upside Down

In 1961, the Museum of Modern Art in New York exhibited the painting "Le Bateau" ("The Boat") by French painter Henri Matisse. But someone goofed up by hanging the painting upside down ... and it remained this way for 47 days before anyone noticed this error.

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Morphine and Morpheus - The Greek God Of Dreams

Morphine alkaloid commonly used against pain derives its name from Morpheus, the Greek god of dreams. He possesses ability to make mortals and other gods fall asleep by lightly touching them with a leaf of the opium poppy. Morpheus can also mimic any human form and appear in dreams.

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John Travolta Has A Private Airport At Home

Actor John Travolta has a Falcon and a Boeing 707. He owns a private airport, including the control tower which is located just above his living room.

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The Secret Behind The Quiksilver Logo

The logo of the brand Quiksilver, a wave passing over a mountain, describes the two business areas of the brand; snowboarding and surfing. The logo was inspired by a woodblock print entitled "The Great Wave Kanagawa". This print was done by Japanese ukiyo-e artist Hokusai. Hokusai and represents a wave passing over Mount Fuji.

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Can You Spot the Hidden Bear in the Toblerone Logo?

The logo of the Toblerone chocolate bar represents a mountain, but hidden in this mountain is a bear standing on two paws. You will spot the bear highlighted in brown.

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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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The Story Behind The Linux Penguin Mascot

The Linux operating system has a penguin as a mascot because when the Linux designer Linus Torvalds was visiting the National Zoo & Aquarium in Canberra Australia, as a child, he was bitten by a small penguin.

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Why Shouldn't You Put Bread Upside Down On The Table

In many cultures, people do not turn the bread upside down on the table because it will bring bad luck. The origin of this belief comes from the Middle Ages. On an execution day, the baker reserved a loaf of bread for the executioner by turning it upside down. So turning a loaf of bread upside down was and still is a sign of death and misfortune.

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St Bernards And A Barrel Of Alcohol

St Bernards have never worn barrel of alcohol around their neck. It is an image that was created by the painter Edwin Landseer describing the rescue of mountain climbers after an avalanche. This image was so endearing that the St Bernard and the alcohol barrel have been associated since.

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