On Stupidity and Genius

“The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.”

– Albert Einstein

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Sherlock Holmes was oiginally named Sherringd Hope, Watson was called Ormond Sacker.

Spain literally means ‘the land of rabbits’.

Scallops can have up to 100 eyes.

Since 1789, 11,000 attempts have been made to amend the U.S. Constitution. 0,2 percent of tries were ratified.

Sir Francis Dashwood held orgies at his home at West Wycombe Park in a grotto built to imitate the shape of a vagina.

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On Finding Out For Yourself

“The best things, perhaps the only things we should be telling to children are those things of which we can say “don’t take my word for it, go out and find out for yourself”.”

– Willem Etsenmaker

On The Quran

“The idea that this is the best book ever written – on any subject – can only be maintained in an enormous intellectual isolation.”[1]

– Sam Harris

[1] Consider: the country of Spain translates more of the world’s literature and learning into Spanish every year than the entire Arab world has translated into Arabic since the 9th century.

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The Ache tribe of Paraguay believe that babies inherit the characteristics of all the men who have had sex with the mother during pregnancy.

In Latin, testis both means witness and testicle.

The “M” on M&M’s candies were stencilled by hand until WWII labour shortages forced the confectioner to automate the process.

The international telephone code for Antarctica is 672.

In 2012, nearly half of Americans were not aware that Judaism is an older religion than Christianity – that is to say, nearly half of Americans did not figure out that, in Christianity, the Old Testament is older than the New Testament.

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In Argentina, it was forbidden to say “Juan Domingo Perón” after the coup that deposed him in 1955; the media referred to him as the “Deposed Tyrant”.

Orang-utan means ‘person of the forest’ in Malay.

Liquorice is used in Chinese medicine.

94% of happy, healthy participants, when placed in a totally silent room developed tinnitus.

At the age of 100, Teiichi Igarashi became the oldest person to climb Mount Fuji – in his socks.

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