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Crash Test Dummy

The first crash tests were performed with cadavers.

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142 857

142 857 is the only cyclic number.

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“My tailor is French…”

The motto of the former British Empire (England / United Kingdom) is in French, not in English!

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Let it be smurfed !

Peyo invented the word “schtroumpf” (later translated as “smurf” in English) meaning “salt”, as he was asking Franquin to pass it.

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The first magnetic audio recording dates from 1898.

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Peace and World

Mir (Мир) means “peace” and “world” in russian.

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Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower should have been dismantled after the Universal Exposition of 1889 for which it had been built; the Eiffel Tower has especially been saved by telegraphy.

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Helwett Packart, HP or PH ?

HP founders tossed a coin to decide whether they would call their company Hewlett-Packard or Packard-Hewlett.

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Your eyes are bigger than…

The eye of an ostrich is bigger than its brain.

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City of Angels

The full name of the city of Los Angeles is “El pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Angeles del Rio de Porciuncula”.

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The hippopotamus can, when he has no choice, eat meat.

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Quest for fire

Matches were invented after the lighter.

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Iran comes second in number of gender reassignment surgery (first is Thailand).

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Plague is not eradicated actually: the WHO took a census of 2118 cases in 2003, among which 182 were fatal.

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Chiropters (commonly known as bats), are the only mammals capable of flying.

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In a fruit, the highest proportion of vitamins is contained in the peel.

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For pleasure

This is a useless DYK and that is a good reason to like it.

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Holy smurf

Papa Smurf is 542 years old.

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Lee's Miserables

During the American Civil War, the general Lee's Southern troops called themselves “Lee's Miserables”, as a tribute to Victor Hugo's book, Les Misérables.

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Out of the box

The well-known Pandora's box is actually a jar.

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