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

No Sex Life for Certain Fruit

Parthenocarpy (Latin for “maiden fruit”) refers to the development of fruit without fertilization. The process produces a sterile fruit which lacks seeds. This method of reproduction results in fruit that are clones of each other.

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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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Do You Know the Difference Between Cyclones, Hurricanes and Typhoons?

Hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons are all the same weather phenomenon; we just use different names for these storms in different locations. In the Atlantic and Northeast Pacific, the term “hurricane” is used.

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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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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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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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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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