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

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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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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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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Pacman Could Have Been Called Fuck-Man

The famous Pacman game was initially named Puck-Man when it was released in 1979. Its name had to be changed however to prevent pranksters from scratching the loop of the letter ''P'' into an ''F'' on the arcade (that would have given Fuck-Man). According to legend, the shape of the character was inspired by its creator from a pizza that has missing slice.

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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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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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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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John Bonham of Led Zeppelin Died from Alcohol Poisoning

John Bonham, the Led Zeppelin drummer, died in 1980 of alcohol poisoning after drinking 40 shots of vodka in less than 4 hours.

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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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The Meaning Of The Yamaha Logo

The Yamaha logo is three tuning forks, because the company's original manufacturing activity was the production of musical instruments.

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Wearing Green on Stage - Is It Really a Sign of Bad Luck?

While it is common knowledge that wearing green on stage brings bad luck, do you know the origins of this superstition? First of all, during the 18th century green dye contained arsenic, and Molière, the famous playwright, died while clad in green.

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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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