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

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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The Planet Tatooine In Star Wars Is, In Fact, A Real City

In Star Wars, the planet Tatooine is directly inspired by the Tunisian town of Tataouine and the desert of the same name. Several scenes of young Anakin Luke Skywalker were shot at this site. The movie set was left intact and is a tourist attraction today.

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The Symbolism Of The 52 Card Deck

The number of cards in a deck is based on the Gregorian calendar. There are 4 colors for the four seasons of the year, 12 figures for the 12 months, 52 cards for 52 weeks and the sum of all points in a deck of cards plus the joker is 365 representing the number of days per year.

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John Bonham of Led Zeppelin Died from Alcohol Poisoning

John Bonham, the Led Zeppelin drummer, died in 1980 of alcohol poisoning after drinking 40 shots of vodka in less than 4 hours.

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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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Sharon Stone's IQ - Is she a MENSA Member?

Contrary to popular belief, Sharon Stone's IQ quite average. She claimed that she had an above average IQ, and stated that she was MENSA member, which is a group of people with high IQs. Once MENSA discovered this statement, they emphatically denied that she was a member.

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Why Pens Like Bic Have A Hole In The Cap?

Bic pens have a hole in the cap so that, if ingested by a child, a stream of air can still continue to pass, therefore avoiding asphyxiation.

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Snow And Ice Hits the Sahara Desert

As unbelievable as it may seem, snow fell on the Sahara Desert on February 18, 1979. Furthermore, the word Sahara in Arabic means desert so by saying Sahara Desert one is, in fact, uttering a redundant phrase.

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The 1969 Movie Production of ''Shark'' - The Attack Sequence Is Real!

In one of the scenes, a stuntman had to fight with a tranquilized shark. Unfortunately, the drugs didn't work as predicted, and the actor got totally shredded by the beast.

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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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