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2501. Fact
The population of the Earth has more than doubled since 1950.

2502. Bharat Ratna
Bharat Ratna : sir sarvepalli radhakrishnan
second president, first vice president, philosopher.
Year : 1954
Region : tamil nadu.

2503. Fact
The Prime Minister cannot speak in Th House of Commons without permission

2504. Fact
The Puritans forbade the singing of Christmas carols.

2505. Fact
The Queen Elizabeth ship burns a gallon of oil to move 1 foot

2506. Fact
The RAM required to run WordPerfect for Win95 is 8 times the amount needed aboard the space shuttle.

2507. Fact
The Ramses brand condom is named after the great phaoroh Ramses II who fathered over 160 children.

2508. Fact
The Ramses brand condom is named after the great pharaoh Ramses II who fathered over 160 children.

2509. Bharat Ratna
Bharat Ratna : pandit bhimsen joshi
hindustani classical vocalist
Year : 2008
Region : karnataka.

2510. Fact
The Ramses brand condom is named after the great Pharoh Ramses II, who fathered over 160 children.

2511. Fact
The real name of the "I've fallen and I can't get up" lady is Edith Fore.

2512. Fact
The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days of old when the engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases.

2513. Fact
The record distance for cherry pit spitting is 95 feet, 7 inches.

2514. Fact
The revenue that is generated from gambling is more than the revenue that comes from movies, cruise ships, recorded music, theme parks, and spectator sports combined.

2515. Fact
The revolving door was invented in 1888

2516. Fact
The right lung takes in more air than the left.

2517. Bharat Ratna
Bharat Ratna : ustad bismillah khan
classical shehnai maestro
Year : 2001
Region : bihar.

2518. Fact
The saying "it's so cold out there it could freeze the balls off a brass monkey" came from when they had old cannons like ones used in the Civil War. The cannonballs were stacked in a pyramid formation, called a brass monkey. When it got extremely cold outside they would crack and break off... Thus the saying.

2519. Fact
The search engine Google got its name from the word ‘googol’, which refers to the number one with a hundred zeros after it.

2520. Fact
The second longest word in the English language is "antidisestablishmenterianism".

2521. Fact
The sentence "The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog." uses every letter of the alphabet!

2522. Fact
The serial number of the first MAC ever produced was 2001

2523. Fact
The shape of plant collenchyma cells and the shape of the bubbles in beer foam are the same - they are orthotetrachidecahedrons.

2524. Fact
The sound of knuckles cracking is generated by imploding synovial fluid.

2525. Fact
The Speaker of the House of Commons is not allowed to speak opinion.

2526. Fact
The speed of a typical raindrop is 7 miles per hour.

2527. Bharat Ratna
Bharat Ratna : lata mangeshkar
play back singer
Year : 2001
Region : maharashtra.

2528. Fact
the starfish is the only animal that can turn it's stomach inside out.

2529. Fact
The state of Florida is bigger than England!

2530. Bharat Ratna
Bharat Ratna : gopinath bordoloi
posthumous, freedom fighter
Year : 1999
Region : assam.

2531. Fact
The state of Wyoming is named after a valley in Pennsylvania.

2532. Fact
The state with the longest coastline in the U.S. is Michigan.

2533. Fact
The state with the longest coastline in the US is Michigan.

2534. Fact
The storage capacity of human brain exceeds 4 Terrabytes.

2535. Fact
The sun is 330,330 times larger than the earth.

2536. Fact
The sun is NOT the biggest star in the universe.

2537. Fact
The surface area of an average-sized brick is 79cm?

2538. Fact
The surface area of the Earth is 197,000,000 square miles

2539. Fact
The symbol on the "pound" key (#) is called an octothorpe.

2540. Fact
The symbol on the 'pound' key (#) is called an octothorpe.

2541. Bharat Ratna
Bharat Ratna : amartya sen
nobel laureate (economics, 1998)
Year : 1999
Region : west bengal.

2542. Fact
The term "the whole 9 yards" came from W.W.II fighter pilots in the South Pacific. When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all t

2543. Fact
The term "the whole 9 yards" came from WWII fighter pilots in the South Pacific. When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got "the whole 9 yards."

2544. Fact
The term 'Rock N' Roll' was coined in 1951

2545. Fact
The term 'The Real McCoy' was coined in the 1880's

2546. Fact
The three best-known western names in China: Jesus Christ, Richard Nixon, and Elvis Presley.

2547. Fact
The three wealthiest families in the world have more assets than the combined wealth of the forty-eight poorest nations.

2548. Fact
The tip of a bullwhip moves so fast that it breaks the sound barrier. The "crack" of a whip is actually a tiny sonic boom.

2549. Fact
The tongue is the strongest muscle in the human body.

2550. Fact
The toothbrush was invented in 1498

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    Erechtheion

    Athens, Greece
    The Erechtheion, built on the site of ancient sanctuaries on the Athenian Acropolis, is so unlike every other Greek temple that some have dismissed it as an aberration. Rather, it is the result of its architect, probably Mnesikles, applying inventive skill to accommodate a complex web of religious relationships. The Erechtheion provides evidence that the craft tradition of architecture, hobbled by convention, was giving place to a new creative approach to design. That was a great step forward. The city-states of Athens and Sparta and their respective allies fought the Peloponnesian Wars between 431 and 404 b.c., interrupted by the six-year Peace of Nikias, from 421. Although their popular strategos elected general Perikles had died in an epidemic in 429 b.c., the Athenians took occasion of the cessation of hostilities to complete his fifty-year plan to restore the glory of the Acropolis. The last phase of the work was the Erechtheion, commenced in 421 b.c. and finished around 406 b.c. The building was a brilliant response to both spiritual and practical problems.First, the building, unlike other temples, was to be dedicated to more than one deity, and its precise location, because it was connected with several other important spiritual themes, was especially significant to Athenians. The temples primary purpose was to provide shrines for both Athena Polias and Poseidon. The sanctuary was also to include the graves of Erechtheos a mythical king of Athens with the sacred snake, and of Kekrops, another fabled Athenian ancestor. Moreover, there was the place where Poseidons trident or Zeuss thunderboltthe mythology was ambiguoushad struck the ground, theErechtheis Sea. and the thalassa, a saltwater spring. The altars of Poseidon, Erechtheos, Zeus Hypatos, Hephaistos, the Boutes, Zeus Thyechoos, and a reliquary for an ancient wooden statue of Hermes were to stand within its temenos sacred courtyard. Besides all that, the building had to accommodate a sacred olive tree in the precinct of Pandrosos, which also included the altar of Zeus Herkeios. The difficulty of laying out the Erechtheion was compounded by the irregular terrain. Eventually, the north and west walls would stand about 9 feet 2.7 meters below the south and east. The architect satisfied all these conditions, combining great imagination with pious deference to tradition to produce a spatially ingenious temple that must have at once bemused and delighted his clients. The plan of the Erechtheion was very complicated in comparison with the simple rectangular forms of all earlier Greek temples. It consisted of three almost independent sections the rather traditional main temple, the north porch, and the famous caryatid portico, each with its separate roof. Because of the steep slope across the site, it was built at four different levels. The naos was separatedonce again, a major departure from conventioninto two main parts, the east cella devoted to Athena Polias and another, whose roof is divided by a huge beam, to Poseidon-Erechtheos. Underground rooms housed the statue of Hermes and Erechtheoss tomb. Ionic orders employing three different proportional systems were incorporated, and graceful statues of korai draped female figures supported the entablature of the caryatid portico. The building was extravagantly decorated. Although it never seems to have had pedimental sculptures, relief carvings filled the frieze of Eleusinian stone. Fragments survive, but the general theme is not known. The ceiling coffers of the caryatid portico are almost entirely intact. Some scholars think all the portico ceilings were paneled and painted dark blue with gold stars, others that they were inset with colored glass panels. The unique temple was converted into a church during the Middle Ages, and later it was used as a harem for the ruler of Athens during the Turkish occupation. In 1801 the British ambassador, Thomas Bruce, Earl of Elgin, took a caryatid which he later sold to the British Museum, replacing it with a plaster cast. The Erechtheion was partly rebuilt by the American School of Classical Studies. Now it again suffers depredations, this time from atmospheric pollution and the increasing pressure of tourism.


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