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The fruit was called orange before the color!


It's sort of a chicken-and-egg question. What came first? the fruit or the color orange? Well all evidence points to the fruit. The word orange appears in the English language as early as the 13th century, but refering to the fruit. The earliest reference to orange as a color is found in the 16th century.

The color orange was previously called geoluhread, which just meant yellow-red. Geoluhread comes from Old English or Middle English. Orange is said to have no true rhyme, and many funny poems have been inspired and written about it. The word, however, does have half-rhymes or near rhymes and some proper nouns that rhyme with it.

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In 2004 Forbes named J.K. Rowling the first person to ever become a billionaire from writing books, but she did not always have it easy


In 1993 Joanne Rowling, also known as J.K. Rowling, was a single mother and, as she puts it, as "poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless".

She was living in Scotland with her daughter after leaving her abusive husband behind in Portugal. She completed the first 'Harry Potter' novel while living off state benefits.

In 1995 she submitted the book to 12 publishing houses and it was rejected by all of them!

In 1996 it was accepted for publishing by Bloomsbury publishing house mainly because the chairman's eight-year-old daughter liked it. They kindly suggested that Rowling should consider getting a day job because they thought it would be unlikely that she would make a living from her writing.

But boy, were they wrong! In 2004 Forbes named her the first person ever to become a US$ billionaire from writing books. Rowling refuted this and said she did have quite a lot of money, but was not a billionaire.

She was removed from the list in 2012 because, said Forbes, her US$160 million in charitable donations and the high tax rate in the UK meant she was no longer a billionaire.

Harry Potter is now a global brand worth an estimated US$15 billion and the last book of the series (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) has set the record for the fastest selling book of all times.

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Dave Canterbury from Duel Survivor was fired from the show after it was found out he’d completely lied about his military/survival experience!


In September 2011, Dave Canterbury was fired as the host of the Duel Survivor TV show on Discovery Channel. Canterbury had originally said it was for family and business reasons that he decided to leave the show in a statement in April 2012. Actually, it was finally released that he’d lied about his military and survival experience that landed him the job. He claimed he had survival expertise for 20 years before getting the job on Duel Survivor.

Records showed that he was a factory worker in Ohio up until the year before he got the job with Discovery Channel. He had been in the military in their version of a SWAT team in the Army for six years. He was never a Ranger, Survival Scout, or had any Airborne Training as he had claimed. Neither had he been to Grenada or South America as he had claimed. He’d only been to Korea as an “ID Badge Clerk.

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Some awesome lists!

If you go back 25 generations, you have 33,554,432 ancestors.




Assuming no inbreeding occurred in the past 25 generations, you should have 33,554,432 great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great grandparents. If you added together ALL of your potential ancestors (including your parents, grandparents, great grandparents, great great grandparents, etc.) you really have a total of 67,108,862 ancestors. Of course, this is only true IF none of your ancestors ever had children with any of their relatives (not even 23rd cousins!), which in the course of 25 generations is a huge “if”.

Feel free to check the math:

2^25=33,554,432

2^25+2^24+2^23+2^22+2^21+2^20+2^19+2^18+2^17+2^16+2^15+2^14+2^13+2^12+2^11+2^10+2^9+2^8+2^7+2^6+2^5+2^4+2^3+2^2+2=67,108,862

Magpies hold funerals for their dead.


Dr. Bekoff, a professor at the University of Colorado, studied magpies and managed to elaborate on one very strange phenomenon.

Bekoff said the funeral-like rituals the magpies hold prove that the birds normally seen as aggressive have a compassionate side!

Magpies aren't unique in this behavior in the animal kingdom. Gorillas, elephants, and dolphins have all been noted to mourn the dead.
What magpies typically do when they discover a corpse is first peck at it to make sure it is dead. Then they fly off to find grass and lay it by the corpse.
After that, the magpies will stand by the dead one for a few moments before flying off. It's pretty bizarre, but it shows that, at the very least, magpies do react to the deaths of others.
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