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Most people take great care to not scratch the bottom of their CDs and DVDs, but in reality, it’s the top that you should protect. The actual data on an optical disc is stored in an extremely thin layer of aluminum under the label side and, if scratched, it cannot be polished back to a showroom shine like the plastic bottom layer.

Most people take great care to not scratch the bottom of their CDs and DVDs, but in reality, it’s the top that you should protect. The actual data on an optical disc is stored in an extremely thin layer of aluminum un...

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Rowan Atkinson, best known as the quirky British comedy personality Mr. Bean, has a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering.

Rowan Atkinson, best known as the quirky British comedy personality Mr. Bean, has a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering.

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EGOT is a distinction in Hollywood that indicates the person has won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award; the first person to achieve this prestige was composer Richard Rodgers in 1962.

EGOT is a distinction in Hollywood that indicates the person has won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award; the first person to achieve this prestige was composer Richard Rodgers in 1962.

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Despite the lore surrounding it, the rate of ship and plane disappearances within the Bermuda Triangle isn’t any higher than the general rate across other large areas of the ocean—especially when accounting for tropical storms.

Despite the lore surrounding it, the rate of ship and plane disappearances within the Bermuda Triangle isn’t any higher than the general rate across other large areas of the ocean—especially when accounting for tr...

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Kathy Najimy, best known for her role as Sister Mary Patrick in Sister Act and as the witch Mary Sanderson in Hocus Pocus, is also the voice of Peggy Hill on King of the Hill.

Kathy Najimy, best known for her role as Sister Mary Patrick in Sister Act and as the witch Mary Sanderson in Hocus Pocus, is also the voice of Peggy Hill on King of the Hill.

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Although kilts were worn by many characters in the box office hit Braveheart, the movie was set in the 13th century—five centuries before kilts would come into common use.

Although kilts were worn by many characters in the box office hit Braveheart, the movie was set in the 13th century—five centuries before kilts would come into common use.

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Eight different male snowy owls played the role of Hedwig the Owl in the Harry Potter movie series—while the owl is, in both the books and the movies, female, males were used because they have more white feathers and are smaller (and thus were easier for the young actors to handle).

Eight different male snowy owls played the role of Hedwig the Owl in the Harry Potter movie series—while the owl is, in both the books and the movies, female, males were used because they have more white feathers and ar...

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Canada didn’t adopt a national flag until 1965, nearly a century after it became a country in 1867.

Canada didn’t adopt a national flag until 1965, nearly a century after it became a country in 1867.

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Clarence Leonidas “Leo” Fender, inventor of iconic guitars like the Fender Stratocaster, didn’t actually know how to play the guitar.

Clarence Leonidas “Leo” Fender, inventor of iconic guitars like the Fender Stratocaster, didn’t actually know how to play the guitar.

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In 2005, Facebook hired graffiti artist David Choe to paint murals in their new office space; Choe accepted Facebook shares instead of a $60,000 cash payment, and when Facebook went public in 2012, his payment for the murals ballooned into a $200 million payoff.

In 2005, Facebook hired graffiti artist David Choe to paint murals in their new office space; Choe accepted Facebook shares instead of a $60,000 cash payment, and when Facebook went public in 2012, his payment for the murals ...

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“Whelm” is a verb that means to bury, cover, engulf, or submerge, but it is rarely used outside of its derivatives, overwhelm and underwhelm.

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The 2012 Summer Olympics were the first Olympics where every participating country sent at least one female athlete.

The 2012 Summer Olympics were the first Olympics where every participating country sent at least one female athlete.

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Flibbertigibbet is a Middle English word that originally referred to a flighty or whimsical person, but from the 19th century onwards, has been used as slang for a gossipy or overly talkative person.

Flibbertigibbet is a Middle English word that originally referred to a flighty or whimsical person, but from the 19th century onwards, has been used as slang for a gossipy or overly talkative person.
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