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

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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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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Fake North Korean Fans at the 2010 World Cup

Given North Korea’s strict prohibitions on leaving the country, the government hired Chinese supporters to take the place of their country’s fans. It has been said that these fans/actors received airline tickets as payment for their presence and support of the national team.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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