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Did You Know – 10/02/2012

Thomas Edison nicknamed his first daughter “Dot” and his eldest son was called “Dash.”
In adulthood “Dash”, aka Thomas Edison, Jr., sold his name to endorse patent medicines, becoming such an embarrassment to his father that the elder Edison asked his son to stop using the family name, and for a time the younger Edison lived as Thomas Willard.

Source There is a very interesting account of Edisons life on this website

  • At the height of the great depression in USA the unemployment rate was documented at more than 20% and family income averaged half what they were making in 1929.
  • By 1940 the unemployment rate was still just above 15%
  • During the peak of the depression, the stock market was down 75%.

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The “huddle” in football was formed due to a deaf football player who used sign language to communicate and his team didn’t want the opposition to see the signals he used and in turn huddled around him.

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It takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year’s supply of footballs.

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Rene Descartes came up with the theory of coordinate geometry by looking at a fly walk across a tiled ceiling.
René Descartes was born in France in the year 1596. Like many great thinkers of his time, Descartes was interested in many things, notably mathematics, science, and philosophy. He liked to lay in bed until late in the morning, and it was during these times that he did his most productive work.

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Urea is found in human urine and Dalmatian dogs and nowhere else.

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Vinod Dahm – Creator of pentium chip

Rajiv Gupta The GM of Hewlett Packard

Indians hold prominent places both internationally and in the United States. For example, the co-founder of Sun Microsystems (Vinod Khosla), the creator of the Pentium chip (Vinod Dahm), the founder/creator of Hotmail (Sabeer Bhatia), and the GM of Hewlett-Packard (Rajiv Gupta) are all Indian.

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