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12 October 2008 02:53 am
When Johann Vaaler patented his paper clip in 1901, therealready were similar designs on the books. William Middlebrook of Waterbury, Connecticut patented his design in 1899. Cornelius Brosnan of Springfield, Massachusetts patented his Konaclip in 1900.

30 August 2008 01:50 am
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Every day during this month, Muslims around the world spend the daylight hours in a complete fast.

19 August 2008 01:45 am
Ever wondered, "how is chocolate made?" Let's pick up with the arrival of the cacao beans at the factory.At the factory, the cacao beans are first sifted for foreign objects you know, rocks, machetes, whatever got left in the bag. The cacao is weighed and sorted by type so that the manufacturer knows exactly what type of cacao is going into the chocolate.

04 August 2008 08:45 am
Hopefully, you will never find yourself in a situation where you need to live on a deserted island, but it sure beats the alternative: dying on a deserted island.

12 July 2008 02:00 am
Perfume is one of those products that may influence our emotions. People`s sense of smell influences behavior and sets different moods. It may even bring up memories of the past. As a marketing tool, perfume is also present in our everyday lives and it can be found in lots of consumer products. Besides the fact that perfume is so popular, have you ever wandered how it came into being what it is today? What`s the history of perfume?

07 July 2008 02:46 am
Soon after building started in 1173, the foundation of the Pisa tower settled unevenly. Construction was stopped, and was continued only a 100 year later. It then became visibly clear that the Tower of Pisa is leaning, tilting to the south.Since regular measuring of the tower began in 1911, the top of the tower has moved 1,2 millimetres (0,05 inch) per year. Today the top of the Tower of Pisa is some 5,3m (17,4 ft) off-centre.

05 July 2008 12:42 am
The hot air balloon is the oldest successful human carrying flight technology. On November 21, 1783, in Paris, France, the first manned flight was made by Jean Franois Piltre de Rozier and Franois Laurent d'Arlandes in a hot air balloon created by the Montgolfier brothers.

10 June 2008 02:40 pm
Why do we get brain freeze when we consume ice cream or other cold foods and beverages? Heres an explanation from Dr. Joseph Hulihan, of Temple University in Philadelphia, who published an article on the subject in the British Medical Journal.

08 June 2008 03:39 am
A cup of drip brewed coffee has about 115 milligrams of caffeine, an espresso (and percolated coffee) about 80mg, while instant coffee has about 65mg of caffeine. Decaffeinated coffee is not totally caffeine free, containing about 3mg of caffeine. A can of Coca-Cola has about 23mg of caffeine, Pepsi Cola 25mg, Mountain Dew 37mg, and TAB 31mg. Tea has about 40mg of caffeine, while an ounce of chocolate contains about 20mg.

02 May 2008 11:42 pm
Success in car industry is measured only through results of sale, although in the last decade this criterion started to lose value as well. Increased competition and lowered profitability resulted in continuous losses per sold car recorded by the leading car makers. It was caused by multiple reasons from expensive labor and costs of restructuring to manufacturing deficiencies caused by trying to present the whole range of new cars as soon as possible, which inevitably led to many withdrawals and expensive corrections of the cars. Still, some cars gained the buyers trust all around the world.

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