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What was the genesis of <i>Frankenstein</i>?

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During the snowy summer of 1816, the "Year Without A Summer," the world was locked in a long cold volcanic winter caused by the eruption of Tambora in 1815. The then Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, age 19, and her husband-to-be Percy Bysshe Shelley, visited Lord Byron at the Villa Diodati by Lake Geneva in Switzerland. The weather was consistently ...Read more

Who was the first lady on a box of Wheaties?

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The first female athlete to appear in a Wheaties "Breakfast of Champions" television commercial was Mary Lou Retton, shortly after her gold medal win at the 1984 summer Olympics.

How many canes did Voltaire own?

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The French philosopher Voltaire owned eighty canes. His contemporary, Jean Jacques Rousseau, owned forty.

What inspired Munch to paint The Scream?

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In a note in his diary Munch described his inspiration for the image thus: "I was walking along a path with two friends - the sun was setting - suddenly the sky turned blood red - I paused, feeling exhausted, and leaned on the fence - there was blood and tongues of fire above the blue-black fjord and the city - my friends walked on, and I stood ...Read more

What would you do with a trokenbeerenauslese?

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Drink it, and savor it, too. A trokenbeerenauslese is a German wine made from vine-dried grapes so rare that it can take a skilled picker a day to gather enough for a single bottle.

Should you use a ceiling fan?

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Energy experts say that ceiling fans consume as little energy as a 60-watt bulb, which is about 98 percent less energy than most central air conditioners use.

Was William fond of Halley's Comet?

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In 1066, Halley's comet appeared shortly before William the Conqueror invaded England. The Norman king took it as a good omen; his battle cry became "A new star, a new king."

How quickly does the Earth move?

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The Earth moves in its 585-million-mile orbit around the Sun approximately eight times faster than a bullet travels.

Who invented the automobile?

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Henry Ford did not invent the automobile. It was the invention of several 19th-century engineers, paramount among them being two Germans: Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz. What Ford did accomplish was to mass-produce automobiles and provide affordable service for them.

Was Ford a soybean fan?

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Henry Ford was obsessed with soybeans. He once wore a suit and tie made from soy-based material, served a 16-course meal made entirely from soybeans, and ordered many Ford auto parts to be made from soy-derived plastic.

When did the little red string first appear on Band-Aids?

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Band-Aid Brand Adhesive Bandages® first appeared on the market in 1921. However, the little red string that is used to tear open the package was not added until 1940.

Why are street signs black on yellow?

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The color combination with the strongest visual impact is black on yellow. Next to follow black on white, yellow on black, white on black, dark blue on white, and white on dark blue.

How do eskimos deal with snow glare?

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Eskimos use wooden "eyeglasses" with narrow slits for eyepieces to protect their eyes from glare reflected by ice and snow.

How much coffee do we drink?

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Americans consume about 138 billion cups of coffee a year.

What was Mr. Ed's real name?

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Television's Mr. Ed was played by a horse named Bamboo Harvester. The voice was supplied by Allan Lane.

How are crickets so loud?

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Some crickets burrow megaphone-like tunnels that help transport the sound of their chirps as far as 2,000 feet away.

What happened to Mary and Martha's killer?

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Mary Anne Nichols, Martha Turner, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, and Catherine Eddowes were London prostitutes who were murdered and dismembered by the notorious "Jack the Ripper" in the autumn of 1888. The perpetrator of these chilling atrocities was never found, although many theories as to his/her identity persist to this day.

Who has more bones -- a baby or an adult?

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Babies are born with 300 bones, but by adulthood, we have only 206 in our bodies.

Was Escher the impossible architect?

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His most famous works of art often depict enigmatic turns and twists that fold back onto themselves. Ascending and Descending, Relativity and the Transformation Prints, such as, Metamorphosis I, II and III, Sky & Water and Reptiles which are among the most recognized of his work.

What did Jesse say about big egos?

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Rev. Jesse Jackson, during an interview on NBC-TV's Meet the Press in June 1988, remarked, "There's nothing wrong with having a big ego. It's all right to have a Rolls Royce ego so long as you don't have a bicycle brain. If they coordinate, you can work it out pretty well."

 

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