Wednesday, August 18, 2010


~ Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the popular TV sex therapist, served as a sniper for the Israeli underground. Orphaned during the Holocaust, she moved to the British Mandate of Palestine after World War II and was trained as a sniper by the Haganah paramilitary defense force.

~ The original name of the Web search engine known today as Google was BackRub.

~ The tradition to mount a horse from the left side dates back to medieval days when armed warriors found that their swords, which were worn on the left hip would not get in the way if they swung their right leg over the horse.

~ Of the 12 stocks included in the original Dow Jones Industrial Average in 1896, only General Electric is still listed today.

~ The South Pole is colder than the North Pole. It sits on a land mass making it more than 9000 feet higher than the North Pole, which consists of ice floes about ten feet thick that sit above relatively warm water. (Yeah, but Santa is at the North Pole)

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