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10 Amazing Scientific “Facts of The World” interesting facts for Class 10 and 12 Part 34

Facts of The World – 34

991. The ridges on the sides of coins are called reeding.

992. The naval rank of ‘Admiral’ is derived from the Arabic phrase ‘amir al bahr’, meaning, ‘Lord of the sea’.

993. Canada is an Indian word meaning ‘Big Village’.

994. The shortest verse in the Bible is ‘Jesus wept’.

995. The word ‘byte’ is a contrition of ‘by eight’.

996. The word ‘pixel’ is a contraction of either ‘picture cell’ or ‘picture element’.

997. William Shakespeare spelt his surname in 11 different ways.

998. St Augustine was the First major proponent of the ‘missionary’ position.

999. The hottest place in the world is ‘El Azizia’ in Libya. It recorded a temperature of 136 degrees Fahrenheit (57.8 degrees Celsius)on September 13, 1922 – the hottest ever measured.

1000. Ventriloquism is an ancient art of projecting or ‘throwing’ the voice so that it appears to come from a source other than the mouth of the speaker. Egyptian priests are believed to have used it to fool people into thinking that stone gods could speak the Greeks thought it was the work of demons. They believed that the sounds came from the stomach. So did the Romans. This belief persisted for many centuries. The word ‘ventriloquist’ comes from two Latin words, ‘ventri’, meaning ‘ stomach’ and loquis’, meaning ‘to speak’. Today, we know that the stomach plays no role in ventriloquism. The performer throws his voice by using his tongue in a particular way and modifying the sounds by the use of the muscles of his throat and palate.

1001. The Kwakiutl Indians of Columbia pawn their names when they are in urgent need of money. They don’t use their name till the money is repaid.

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