10 things I didn’t know last week #172

1. UPS Has A “Circle Of Honor” For Drivers Who Go 25 Years Without An Accident.

2. Water carafes in Parisians cafés used to be called Château Chirac.

3. Facing difficult settlements, Famous banker JP Morgan – the Monopoly guy – brought both parties on his boat and pledged not bringing them back to shore until a deal would be made.

4. Kenneth Brannagh directed Thor.

5. One direction made 700 millions dollars in revenue in 2013.

6. Berluti are shined during moonlight. Thanks Patrice

« First, you wash the shoes. Then you must expose them to the rising moon, in the first quarter of the lunar cycle. The moonlight penetrates to the heart of the leather, et voila! »

7. The great innovation story of Pilates founder: Joseph Pilates.

At the outbreak of World War I, Joe was interned as an « enemy alien » with other German nationals. During his internment, Joe refined his ideas and trained other internees in his system of exercise. He rigged springs to hospital beds, enabling bedridden patients to exercise against resistance, an innovation that led to his later equipment designs. An influenza epidemic struck England in 1918, killing thousands of people, but not a single one of Joe’s trainees died. This, he claimed, testified to the effectiveness of his system.

8. Internet Data Company Alexa was named after the Library of Alexandria. Thanks Olivier

9. Why sportwagons are called breaks in France? It comes from horses.

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10. How the Fosbury flop works:

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