10 things I didn’t know last week #179

1. As for everything else, Slurpee invention was a mistake. It paves the way to coolness through a joyful marketing:. Here’s an example:

2. During the 60’s, SevenUp fancied itself the uncola.

uncola seven up

3. Clapperboards assist in the synchronizing of picture and sound.

Clapperboard,_O2_film,_September_2008

4. A 2008 study found that women showed signs of arousal watching pretty much anything: masturbation, straight sex, girl-on-girl, guy-on-guy, bonobo chimps, everything—except pictures of naked men.

5. 100’s cigarettes are named after their 100 millimeters length.

6. The first emoticon popped up in 1648 within Robert Herrick poetry:

Tumble me down, and I will sit
Upon my ruins, (smiling yet:)
Tear me to tatters, yet I’ll be
Patient in my necessity.
Laugh at my scraps of clothes, and shun
Me, as a fear’d infection;
Yet, scare-crow-like, I’ll walk as one
Neglecting thy derision.

7. The Windsor family changed their name in 1917 for germanophobic reasons, they were previously known as the Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.

8. Penalty shoot-out was invented in 1970. Before that, knock-out matches would be decided by a replay or a coin toss.

9. Univac was the first computer to predict a presidntial win : Eisenhower.

10. An Amelymeloptical illusion:

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