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

Birth Rates Higher During a Full Moon?

Contrary to popular belief. The moon has absolutely no influence on provoking births. Several studies have examined thousands of births, and their conclusions are identical: a full moon sees no increase in the number of births.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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