Do You Know the Real Names Of These Famous Fictional Characters?

Their faces are famous, and you may think you know their identities, but just how well do you these fictional characters? Test your knowledge of the full names of these famous figures. 1. Barbie Mattel has sold more than a billion Barbie dolls, but despite the toy's popularity, most people are unaware of the fact... Continue Reading →

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Keeping Up on the Rent, Even When the Property is Lost

For 800 years the city of London has been careful to make sure it pays its annual rent for two pieces of land it leases from the Crown. In its determination not to fall delinquent in payments, it unfortunately overlooked one thing: the location of these properties. It continues to pay the rent, even though... Continue Reading →

Don’t Judge a Product by its Name

In marketing, deciding product's name is the first big step to letting the world know why it needs that particular item. Unfortunately, the language barrier sometimes presents its own obstacles and sends an unintended message to the rest of the world. Consider some of the following products, whose names do not lend themselves well to... Continue Reading →

This Royal Custom Was a Real Slap in the Face

Who hasn't heard of some unpopular government action and entertained a stray thought about slapping the person who was responsible? In ancient Babylon, that stray thought was actually encouraged to be acted upon. The Babylonian New Year was celebrated each year with elaborate rituals. The ceremonies lasted for several days, with a special program prepared... Continue Reading →

Nonstandard Celebration Of World Standards

World Standards Day commemorates international efforts to develop voluntary standardization among regulators, industries, and consumers. By using the same measurements and identical baselines, it promotes less waste and greater efficiency. The date to celebrate this international unity is October 14. The United States of America celebrates World Standards Day five days later, on October 19.

Which Nation Has the Most Time Zones? The Answer May Surprise You!

Do you think you know which nation has the most time zones? Think again, because the answer may surprise you. Common sense tells us it should be Russia. The largest nation in the world should cover the most time zones, right? If your answer was Russia, you are incorrect. While Russia does boast an impressive... Continue Reading →

North Korea: A Second-Century Kind of Country

Anyone who has seen satellite photos of North Korea at night and noted the absence of electric lights might conclude it is a country that is operating behind the times, but would you guess 1,911 years behind the times? In 1997 North Korea officially adopted the Juche calendar. It marks the years from the birthday... Continue Reading →

Tooth Fairy Budget Grows by an Arm and a Leg

Where does the Tooth Fairy get all that money she leaves under children's pillows? The original source of that wealth remains a mystery, but the evidence suggests that she keeps it invested in the U.S. stock market. Delta Dental has tracked Tooth Fairy payouts since 1998. The results show an uncanny correlation with the S&P... Continue Reading →

A Idiot In Scotland Might Find Himself Kilt

  You can tell a lot about what concerns people by looking at their language. Eskimos have many words for snow. The ancient Greeks had six words for love. It doesn't take a lot to conclude that these were important things for these cultures. Based on this, one can reasonably conclude that Scots are quite concerned... Continue Reading →

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