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FUN FACTS
THIS WEEK

First Country to Join the UN

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Why did not the UN just spring straight into existence after 50 nations signed the UN Charter in San Francisco on June 26, 1945? One of the three-step ratification process required that a country had to deposit a protocol of the ratification to formally register the process. Nicaragua was the first country to announce its intention to ratify the Charter in early July. As the first country to ratify the United Nations charter, Nicaragua was the first country to join the U.N.

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Who Invented the Toothbrush?

The first toothbrushes, as we would recognize them today with a handle and attached bristles, was invented in China in 1498 during the Tang Dynasty. Bone or bamboo was used for the handle. Hog’s hair was used for the bristles. Specifically, imported hog’s hair from northern China or Siberia was used, because the colder temperatures made the hog’s hair firmer. In 1938, nylon bristles were introduced by the company Dupont de Nemours.

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Moon and His Many Wives

The Moon is masculine in Hindu mythology. He has 27 wives, which correspond to the 27 phases of the moon. But he has just one pair of in-laws, because all his wives are sisters. The Moon favors Rohini – one of his wives, the others become upset and complain to Daksha. He places a curse on the moon, which he then overcomes by devoting himself to Shiva, who partially releases him from the curse, and this partial release accounts for the Moon's waxing and waning, according to the legend.

Compiled by: Sameer Miyaz Ahmed

Famous People, Funny Stories

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In 1960, a burglar found Hollywood star John Wayne's [Check this again] Encino, California address with a movie star map and broke into the home while its owner was watching TV. Wayne grabbed a shotgun and chased the crook into the backyard. His wife Pilar Wayne had already called the police. After the robber was cuffed, Wayne asked him "What do you want, punk?" The robber replied that he had come in a taxi and asked Wayne to pay the bill. John Wayne swore under his breath, and paid the cabbie.

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Italian poet, writer and politician, Dante Alighieri, had an exceptional memory. One day a stranger asked him in the city of Florence without preambles: “What is the most delicious food in the world?” and almost without noticing the guy Dante replied: “L’uovo” (“The egg”). The following year, the same man met Dante again in the same street and asked him: “With what?” Dante imme - diately replied (without even thinking about the episode happened the year before): “With salt”.

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Honoré de Balzac submitted a novel called “The Last Fairy” to a publisher, who decided to purchase the rights offering Balzac 3,000 francs. After finding out where the author lived, he thought that 2,000 francs would have been enough for a man who lived in those conditions. Finally, as he climbed to the sixth floor, he thought 1,000 francs should be enough. When he stepped into the apartment of the poor writer, he offered 300 francs and Balzac accepted without saying a word.

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Victor Hugo’s writings aroused acclaim throughout Europe. Among his major works, we can remember “Notre Dame de Paris” and “Les Misérables”. Regarding the latter, it is said that the author, after having printed the work, was eager to know how the public had accepted it. So he sent a letter to the editor with a simple question mark. The editor, to inform him of the great success of the work, sent him a sheet with an exclamation mark.

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