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

The Oldest and Largest Known Meteorite Impact

The dome of Vredefort, situated in South Africa, is the result of a meteorite that crashed into Earth over 2 billion years ago. Easily observed on satellite images, it has a diameter of roughly 186 miles and is the oldest and largest evidence of a meteorite crash. According to leading scientists it had a considerable influence on the evolution of the planet.

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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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Homer Respects Traditions and Customs From Around the World

The famous series “The Simpsons” is dubbed in many different languages such as French, Japanese, German, and Arabic. Local idioms and religious customs are frequently adopted in place of direct translation. For example in the Arabic version, in order to respect Islamic traditions, Homer drinks soda pop instead of beer and chomps down on all-beef wieners.

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Springfield, the Generic Home of the Simpsons

Springfield was chosen to be the fictitious home to the iconic Simpsons as it is the most common city name in the US. The show’s writers took a perverse pleasure in hiding the precise location of the city from the audience.

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Heat is the Best Defense Against Bug Bites

Heat allows for the treatment of bug bites. Insect venom, as that of many animals, is thermolabile that is to say, destroyed by heat. Heat also allows for an influx of blood which in turn dilutes the venom present in the body. It is for the same reason that your skin will turn red near a heat source.

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Listen to the Silence - John Cage’s 4’33”

The contemporary musician John Cage is best known for his 1952 composition 4’33” (4 minutes 33 seconds) in which the musicians do not play a single note. 4’33” is a three movement compositions showcasing the sounds of the environment as heard by the audience.

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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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Big Payoff for TV Role

Starring on a TV series can be as profitable as starring on the big screen. Charlie Sheen holds the earning record for his role on the series "Two and a Half Men". He hit the jackpot, earning 1 250 000 dollars per episode. Not bad for a sitcom! Ashton Kutcher who replaced Sheen after his abrupt departure from the show pulls in a paltry 700 000 dollars per episode.

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Chimney Sweeping Obligatory in Germany Until 2008

Until the end of 2008 Germany did not fool around with chimney-sweeping. Based on a law enacted during the Nazi era, homeowners were forced to allow chimney sweeps to enter their homes and carry out inspections.

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