Korean Script (Hangul)

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Unlike most languages, the Korean writing system hangul didn’t develop historically, it was invented and constructed by a team of linguists in 1443. Up until then, Korean was written with the Chinese characters called ‘hanja’. Seeing how both languages are … Read More

Christopher Columbus

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Christopher Columbus was Italian. Before Spain sponsored Columbus voyage, France, England and Portugal declined to back the expedition. Columbus’s flagship ran into a coral reef on Christmas Eve 1492. When 40 crew members were left behind to start the first … Read More

Apollo Space Missions

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Six manned Apollo missions landed on the moon. The last manned moon landing carried the first geologist into space. You may know that the Apollo 11 Spacecraft, which brought the first men on the moon had less processing power than … Read More

X-rays

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The German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen was not the first to observe the mysterious rays, but he was the first who studied them. Roentgen’s interest was piqued when a fluorescent screen was lit up during an experiment. When he passed his … Read More

Cars

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Before Karl Benz build a gasoline powered automobile, the first internal combustion engine was powered by hydrogen. Cars are useful to get around but they also cause pollution, hence the abundance of regulations and heightened interest in clean fuel. However, … Read More

Vampires

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The term ‘vampire’ can be found in many languages, but scholars are still unsure of its roots. The mystical creautures can be found in many cultures and all of them come with different abilities, from glistening in the sun to … Read More

Coca Cola

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The pharmacist John Pemberton wanted to find a cure for headache, so he combined coca leaves with cola nuts – and Coca-Cola was born. The Coca-Cola company came to live in 1889 and reigned supreme, until PepsiCo entered the market … Read More

Escalator

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The first escalator was exhibited at the world’s fair in Paris in 1900. The original design from of Charles D. Seeberger in 1900 has been slightly improved over time, but the actual way escalators function has been the same since … Read More

Week

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Have you ever wondered, why a week is made of seven days? Most believe it to be grounded in the biblical connection, the six days it took god to create the world followed by a day of rest. However, the … Read More

Phone

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The original telephone greeting suggested by Alexander Graham Bell was ‘ahoy’. The familiar ‘Hello’ was introduced later by Thomas Edison. The first phone call was made in the year 1876. Bell was working on his “harmonic telegraph” for two years, … Read More

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