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Monthly Archives: July 2015

1816 – The year that had no summer

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Bonus facts Eighteen Hundred and Froze To Death. 1816 – The year that had no summer. On April 5, 1815, just before sunset, the Mt. Tambora volcano on the Indonesian island of Sumbawa erupted. The massive load of sulphate gases and debris the mountain shot 43 km into the stratosphere blocked sunlight and distorted weather…

The well-known ‘Nokia tune’, which was the most commonly known indentifying feature of the phone is said to be based on ‘Gran Vals’, a 19th century guitar work of a Spanish musician, Francisco Tarrega.

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Bonus facts The Nokia Tune was first heard briefly for 3 seconds in a Nokia 1011 commercial in 1992. The well-known ‘Nokia tune’, which was the most commonly known identifying feature of the phone is said to be based on ‘Gran Vals’, a 19th century guitar work of a Spanish musician, Francisco Tárrega. This work…

More women began to shave their underarm hair after seeing a model with shaved armpits in a fashion ad in 1915

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The recorded history of armpit shaving is a spotty one indeed. The earliest reference we have found was that the ancient Babylonians, more than one thousand years before the birth of Christ, developed depilatories to remove unwanted body hairs. Julius Caesar reported that early Britons “had long flowing hairs and shaved every part of their…

The current Guinness World Record for “largest natural breasts” was awarded in 1999 to a woman whose chest measured 70 inches around its fullest part. That’s 5.83 feet!

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The largest breast belongs to Annie Hawkins-Turner (aka Norma Stitz) (USA) who has an under breast measurement of 109.22 cm (43 in) and an around chest-over-nipple measurement of 177.8 cm (70 in). She currently wears a US size 52I bra, the largest made, but by American bra estimation, these measurements would put her in a…

Consumption of watermelon juice increases plasma concentrations of lycopene and beta-carotene in humans

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Bonus facts Watermelon is an excellent source of lycopene, with upwards of 6,500 micrograms (6.5 mg). Consumption of watermelon juice increases plasma concentrations of lycopene and beta-carotene in humans. Also noteworthy, the lycopene in watermelon appears to be quite stable, with little deterioration occurring even after it’s been cut and stored in the refrigerator for…

In the ancient Greek Olympics, wrestling matches were in the nude and a match did not end until one of the competitors became aroused

UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1900:  Greek civilization, 6th century b.C. Plinth of kouros statue depicting wrestlers, 510 b.C. Detail. Relief from the Kerameikos necropolis in Athens, Greece.  (Photo By DEA / G. NIMATALLAH/De Agostini/Getty Images)

Bonus facts Greek wrestling (Greek: πάλη, pálē), also known as Ancient Greek wrestling and Palé, was the most popular organized sport in Ancient Greece. A point was scored when one player touched the ground with his back, hip, shoulder, or tapped out due to a submission-hold or was forced out of the wrestling-area. Three points…

Malcolm and Angus Young developed the idea for the band’s name after their older sister saw the initials “AC/DC” on a sewing machine

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Bonus facts Brothers Angus and Malcolm Young formed the group in 1973. Their older sister Margaret saw the initials AC/DC (which stands for “alternating current/direct current”) on a sewing machine. The brothers thought this name summed up their energy. The band is popularly known as ‘Acca Dacca’ in Australia. Angus Young had adopted his characteristic…

Ferdinand Porsche, the eponymous founder of the company, made the world’s first hybrid electric vehicle in 1899

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The Lohner-Porsche “Semper Vivus” was essentially an electric car with an internal combustion motor used as a generator. It was also the first car with brakes on all four wheels. Ferdinand Porsche, one of Lohner´s employees developed a drive system based on fitting an electric motor to each front wheel without transmissions (hub mounted). Vehicles…

Drone delivering a pizza

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Domino’s Pizza turned some heads earlier this year when they posted a video of a drone delivering a pizza. The idea was that drones could get the pizza to your house faster so it would be hotter and more delicious.