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Los Angeles becomes first city in the world to control its street lighting through mobile and cloud-based technologies from Philips

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Los Angeles becomes first city in the world to control its street lighting through mobile and cloud-based technologies from Philips. “LA has more LED street lights than any other city in America, with about 7,500 centerline miles,” said Ed Ebrahimian, director of the Bureau of Street Lighting for the City of Los Angeles.

Largest Cut Paraiba is an incandescent natural neon-like bluish-green flawless important gemstone of incredible rarity

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Largest Cut Paraiba is an incandescent natural neon-like bluish-green flawless important gemstone of incredible rarity, named Ethereal Carolina Divine Paraiba, is owned by Billionaire Business Enterprises Inc. (Canada). It measures 36.44 x 33.75 x 21.85 mm (1.43 x 1.33 x 0.86 in) and has a weight of 191.87 carats, and was unveiled in Montreal, Quebec,…

One horse does not have one horsepower

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The number of “horsepower” that comes advertised with your vehicle represents a basic unit of mechanical power that can be assessed in various ways. Some technical ones involve converting one horsepower to 745 watts, or in a physical conversion, 33,000 foot-pounds of torque per minute. By these measurements, a real horse averages only about .7…

Christopher Columbus consulted an astrologer named Pierre D’ailly about the journey which eventually led to his ‘discovery’ of America

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Christopher Columbus consulted an astrologer named Pierre D’Ailly about the journey which eventually led to his ‘discovery’ of America. D’Ailly told Columbus that Saturn and Jupiter were going to be conduct during this time and that this conjunction usually meant that some big historical event was going to happen.

Nearly iconic portrait of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln is a composite of Lincoln’s head and the Southern politician John Calhoun’s body.

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The standing portrait of Lincoln was created soon after the American Civil War. Although it hung in many classrooms, Lincoln never posed for it. Instead, an unknown entrepreneur created it by cutting-and-pasting a headshot of Lincoln taken from a photograph by Mathew Brady onto a portrait of the Southern leader John Calhoun. This was done…

The Caesar Salad was created in Mexico by Alex Cardini, who made this salad at his brother Caesar’s restaurant utilizing a dressing he concocted

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Bonus facts The Caesar Salad was created in Mexico by Alex Cardini, who made this salad at his brother Caesar’s restaurant utilizing a dressing he concocted. It was originally named Aviator’s Salad but it became popular and mimicked with the title “Caesar Salad.” It’s said he created the dish when a 4th of July rush depleted…

Charles Becker a Lieutenant in the New York City Police Department was the first being tried, convicted and executed for the murder of a Manhattan gambler, Herman Rosenthal became the first American police officer to receive the death penalty for murder

1911 --- Original caption: New York: New York Police lieutenant Charles Becker (shown in 1911), was the king of graft in Manhattan, ruthlessly ordering death for anyone, such as gambler Herman Rosenthal, who displeased him. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

Charles Becker (July 26, 1870 – July 30, 1915) was a Lieutenant in the New York City Police Department between the 1890s and 1910s. He is best known for being tried, convicted and executed for the murder of a Manhattan gambler, Herman Rosenthal. After the Becker-Rosenthal trial, Charles Becker became the first American police officer…

In 2012, German freediver Tom Sietas held his breath underwater for 22 minutes and 22 seconds, besting Dane Stig Severinsen’s previous Guinness record by 22 seconds.

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Bonus facts In 2012, German freediver Tom Sietas held his breath underwater for 22 minutes and 22 seconds, besting Dane Stig Severinsen’s previous Guinness record by 22 seconds. (Although Guinness still lists Severinsen as the record holder, stating he hyperventilated with oxygen before his attempt for 19 minutes and 30 seconds.) The women’s record is…