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

Sharon Stone's IQ - Is she a MENSA Member?

Contrary to popular belief, Sharon Stone's IQ quite average. She claimed that she had an above average IQ, and stated that she was MENSA member, which is a group of people with high IQs. Once MENSA discovered this statement, they emphatically denied that she was a member.

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Lily of the Valley - Be Aware of Its Deadly Dangers

Few are aware that this delicate and aromatic flower can be a killer. Highly toxic, if ingested in considerable quantities, will necessitate a visit to the emergency room and in the worse case scenario can lead to cardiac arrest.

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A Castle’s Spiral Staircase Was a Defensive Measure

In medieval times, a castle’s spiral staircase were usually made of stone and rose in a clockwise fashion when looking up from the bottom. So this way, the attacking swordsmen ascending the stairs, would have his swing blocked by the wall.

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God Save The King Was Created For The King Of France

The French Marquise de Créquy wrote in her book "Souvenirs", that the song ''Grand Dieu Sauve Le Roi'', was written by Jean-Baptiste Lully. According to the Marquise de Créquy, Lully created the song to celebrate the success of an operation to remove an anal fistula from the French king Louis XIV.

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The Symbolism Of The 52 Card Deck

The number of cards in a deck is based on the Gregorian calendar. There are 4 colors for the four seasons of the year, 12 figures for the 12 months, 52 cards for 52 weeks and the sum of all points in a deck of cards plus the joker is 365 representing the number of days per year.

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Bridges And Resonance - A Physical Phenomenon

It is very dangerous and banned for a battalion of soldiers to cross a bridge marching in step. Indeed the bridge can enter into a resonance, a physical phenomenon that makes the bridge wave and may lead to its destruction.

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Gender Symbols - Where Do They Come From?

The two original gender symbols are derived from astronomical symbols. They were first used to denote the effective gender of plants by Carolus Linnaeus in 1751.

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When Hergé Makes A Cameo Appearances In Tintin

In the animated cartoon adaptation of Tintin; his creator Hergé makes a designed "cameo appearances" as it appears in each episode as a different character, but with a similar Belgian designer face.

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Snow And Ice Hits the Sahara Desert

As unbelievable as it may seem, snow fell on the Sahara Desert on February 18, 1979. Furthermore, the word Sahara in Arabic means desert so by saying Sahara Desert one is, in fact, uttering a redundant phrase.

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Why We Have a Seven Day Week and the Meanings of the Names of the Days

We can thank the Chaldeans, a people from Babylon, for providing us with the names of the days of the week. Four thousand years ago they noticed seven stars in the sky and chose their names to represent the days of the week:

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The Longest French Border Is With Brazil

The country with which France shares its longest border, is Brazil, with the department of French Guiana. This border is 454 miles / 730 km long as compared with Spain; 387 miles / 623 km and  Belgium 385 miles / 620 km.

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Is Having A Picnic French?

The word 'Picnic' gets its origin in France around late eighteenth century by joining the common form of the verb ''piquer'' (meaning "to pick or peck" from old French") and the phrase "Dire nic" (meaning "something of little value").

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