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The Eiffel Tower


It was only meant to stand for 20 years before being dismantled. Many Parisians hated it as an eyesore. Over eight thousand pieces of iron and two and a half million rivets, assembled by 300 workers. One died in the process. It was inaugurated 122 years ago, on the 31st of March, 1889.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eiffel_Tower

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Vincent Van Gogh


Celebrating the 158th Birthday of Vincent Van Gogh.Thank you for your vivid impressive colours. I have sunflowers impressioned in my mind.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vincent_van_Gogh

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Conway's Game of Life


"Life" is a zero player game. You simply setup the starting state, then it comes to life by itself. A cell dies if it has less than 2 live neighbours. A cell dies if it has more than 3 live neighbours. A dead cell comes to life if it has exactly 3 live neighbours. And beautiful animated patterns form!
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conway%27s_Game_of_Life

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Mobius Strip


Start with a strip of paper. Give it half a twist. Then glue the ends together. You have now created a very special figure. It has one continuos surface and one continuous edge. And magical things happen if you cut through the middle of it, or through a third width of it. Try it. It's fun!
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%B6bius_strip

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Hot chips in a cone!


That is how they serve them in central europe. Stalls in the cold streets selling hot pommes frites. Yum!
See Also: http://www.google.com.au/images?q=pommes+frites+cone

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Earth Hour


Today we observe Earth Hour. Switch off as many lights and appliances as you can for at least one hour starting at 8.30pm in your local time zone.
See Also: http://www.earthhour.org/

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Tip of the Iceberg

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If all the ice floating in the ocean was to melt, the sea level would not rise. Try it. Fill a glass with ice, then top it with water to the brim. Then wait for the ice to melt and observe the water level. Only 2% of Earth's ice is floating in the ocean.
See Also: http://www.johnstonsarchive.net/environment/waterworld.html

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The Simple Dollar


Life is not about money, but good management of personal finances is essential to live a happy life. The Simple Dollar is a blog that I have been following for a while now. Trent gives excellent advice about life and money from his personal experience.
See Also: http://www.thesimpledollar.com/

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Pizza Margherita


In 1889, during a visit in Naples, Queen Margherita of Savoy was served a pizza resembling the colors of the Italian flag, red (tomato), white (mozzarella) and green (basil). I've already had 2 pieces from this one. They're not all equal!
See Also: http://www.google.com/search?q=pizza+margherita&tbs=rcp%3A1

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Aries


Aries means ram, which is an uncastrated male sheep. It is also one of the zodiac constellations in the sky. The symbol for Aries represents the ram's horns.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aries_%28constellation%29

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Peanuts


Peanuts are botanically a legume, not a nut, but everybody knows that. There is a guessing game you can play with peanuts. When you split the peanut itself (not the shell) in half, one of the halfs gets an extra bit on an edge, which is actually the embryo. The game is to guess which half will get it.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peanut

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Equinox


Equinox is a point in time of the year when Earth's axial tilt is inclined neither away nor towards the sun. It happens twice a year around the 21st of March and 21st of September, i.e. when Spring and Autumn start. Around these times of the year, the length of day is roughly equal to the length of night.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equinox

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Deceiving Percentages


You bought an item on 40% sale. I bought the same item on 20% sale. How much did I pay more than you? 20%? Wrong! I paid 33.33% more than you did! Percentages can be deceiving, depending on how you present them.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Percentage

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Simultaneous Conflicting Emotions


I wonder if the Internet is changing the way our body and mind goes through emotions, perhaps diluting them. The Internet makes it possible to be interacting simultaneously but privately with many peers. You can be discussing a funny situation with one friend, a tragic situation with another, having an argument with someone else while also flirting with your love interest. This was not possible before the Internet.

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St Patrick's Day


According to legend, Saint Patrick used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pre-Christian Irish people. Today St Patrick's Day is beyond a Christian feast. It is a celebration of anything and everything Irish. It is celebrated by Irish and not spread across the world. So especially today, be happy!
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Patrick%27s_Day

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Anagram Help


When I cannot solve an anagram, I scribble the consonants close together in a cluster, instead of next to each other in a straight line. And then I scribble the vowels around them. And If I still can't get it, I mix them up a bit and try again. I find it helps a lot to solve the anagram quicker. Try it with 'pumotrec'. No, it's not 'rectum op'
See Also: http://wordsmith.org/anagram/

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Ides of March


The Romans celebrated on the 15th of March in connection with the full moon and the beginning of Spring, praying to the gods of war and agriculture. Julius Caesar was infamaously assassinated on this day, in the year 44 B.C.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ides_of_March

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Pi


Pi is a magic number. It is the constant ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Pi is irrational i.e. you cannot represent it as a fraction. As a decimal, you would need infinite amount of decimal point precision. It approximates to 3.14 and that is why the 14th day of the 3rd month is Pi Day. So today, have a slice of Pi!
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pi_Day

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Unix Time 1.3 Billion Ticks


Many computers use Unix Time for their date and time calculations. It is defined as the number of seconds since midnight of January 1st, 1970, also know as the Unix Epoch. Today, March 13th 2011, the Unix clock will tick over its 1300000000th second. Like sand through the hour glass!
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unix_time

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Equiangular Isosceles Right-Angled


Triangles are so much fun! If two triangles are equiangular, it means that they have matching angles, but perhaps different sizes. An isosceles triangle has two equal sides (and therefore two equal angles). A right angled triangle has a 90 degree angle. All 7 equiangular triangles in this puzzle are Isosceles right-angled triangles! Can you spot the square?
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triangle

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Nine Dots Puzzle


On a piece of paper, draw 9 dots in the shape of a square. The challenge is to trace through all of the 9 dots using just 4 straight lines, without lifting the pen from the paper. This is literally thinking outside the box. This trace perfect puzzle mimics the 9 dot puzzle. The lines are invisible until you traverse them.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thinking_outside_the_box

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Boffins


From its sound, you would think that the word 'Boffin' is associated with clowns. Maybe that's because it's so similar to the word buffoon. Only recently I discovered its meaning couldn't be any more different. It is slang for scientist.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boffin

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And the First Winner is...


The February winner of the monthly t-shirt competition is Deared! Instead of claiming the t-shirt, Deared nobly opted for tRace Perfect to donate $50 to the Red Cross New Zealand Earthquake Appeal on her behalf. Congratulations. Remember, the more you play, the more chance you have of winning the monthly prize.
See Also: http://www.traceperfect.com/p/trace-perfect-monthly-competition.html

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Randomness

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Is there such a thing as randomness? Can you create a truly random number? If you took into account all the variables, would it still be random? If you asked me to think of a number from one to ten, would that be random?
See Also: http://www.random.org/

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BrainBashers


BrainBashers has lots of puzzles, illusions, logic games and fun stuff. Need to entertain your brain? Then visit BrainBashers, where there are new puzzles every single day.
See Also: http://www.brainbashers.com/

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Think Outside the Box

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Think different, unconventional and from a new perspective. Be creative!
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thinking_outside_the_box

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Eggplant

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Malta and India are 6,000 Kilometers apart. Their languages could not be any more different. Yet in Maltese, eggplant is 'Brungiela' (Broonjeelah) and in Indian it is a very similar 'Brinjal'.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eggplant

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Semi-Eulerian Path

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When a puzzle has exactly two corners with an odd number of connected lines, then that puzzle can be covered without repeating any line, by starting from one of the odd corners, and finishing at the other. Avoiding the bumps is the remaining concern.
See Also: http://www.traceperfect.com/2011/02/eulerian-cycle.html

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Third of the Third

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The 3rd day of the 3th month is three hundred and three days away from the end of the year. Not that anyone is counting.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/March_3

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Mad as a March Hare

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It is said this idiom comes from the crazy behavior of hares during the March breeding season. With enough imagination, you'll note the puzzle is sort of an outline of a hare's head with long bunny ears!
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad_as_a_March_hare

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Mad as a Hatter

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Hatters in the 18th and 19th century used to go mad from mercury poisining that was used to manufacture felt material. Hence the phrase, and the character in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad_as_a_hatter

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