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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Small Changes Result in Huge Savings for Airline Industry

There are no small-scale savings when it comes to airlines: in 1987, American Airlines is reputed to have implemented a cost-cutting measure of eliminating one olive from each salad served in first class. This ingenious move resulted in savings of 40 000 dollars. Northwest Airlines scored big in 2005 when they withdrew the packs of Pretzels offered to passengers, adding 2 million dollars annually to the company’s coffers.

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Fire Rainbows Are a Misnomer

You have surely seen a classic rainbow. But have you ever heard of a fire rainbow? They are neither fire nor rainbows, but are labelled as such because of their brilliant pastel colors and flame- like appearance.

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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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The Weird Street Names in Emerainville

In Seine-et-Marne the city of Emerainville is noted for its originality in street names, In fact, primary school students are charged with choosing the names. For this reason, you might find yourself strolling down Singing Toad Street, wandering on Green Rabbit Street or even browsing the shops on Pink Crocodile.

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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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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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The Voynich Manuscript Continues to Baffle the World

Since the beginning of the 20th century the Voynich manuscript has intrigued scientists the world over. The document that dates back to the Middle Ages is written in an unknown script, running left to right. There are 234 pages in five distinct sections. Leading cryptographers have yet to crack the code, even with the help of computer programs.

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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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