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Ramesses the Great


Ramesses II ruled Egypt for over 66 years. He built cities and monuments including the majestic Abu Simbel temple. It is calculated he became pharoah on the 31st of May in the year 1279 BC. His mummified body is on display at the Cairo musuem.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramesses_II

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Big Ben


Big Ben is actually the nickname given to the great bell of the famous clock in Westminster's tower in London. However the tower itself is generally also referred to as Big Ben. The bell rang first on May 30, 1959. A crack developed in Big Ben that year, and it is what gives the bell its distinctive tone.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Ben

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Mount Everest


Mount everest rises 8,848 metres above sea level. It is the world's highest mountain and is located in the Himalayas range in Nepal, close to the Tibet border. Mount Everest is also known as Mount Chomolungma. Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the first to conquer the peak, 58 years ago on the 29th of May, 1953.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Everest

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Turing Machine


The Turing Machine is a theoritical device that can compute the logic of any problem solving algorithm by manipulating symbols on a strip of tape according to a table of rules. Alan Turing submitted the paper that included details of the machine 75 years ago, on May 28, 1936.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turing_machine

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Golden Gate Bridge


The Golden Gate Bridge is an iconic structure that connects the city of San Francisco. Its main suspended length is 1,280 metres. It uses around 129,000 km of main suspension cables, and 1.2 million rivets. It was inaugurated 74 years ago, on May 27th, 1937.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Gate_Bridge

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Horseshoe


Horseshoes are used to protect a horse's feet from wear and tear. They are typically nailed to the surface of the hoof. The hoof the is the equivalent of the human toenail, and has no feeling in it.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horseshoe

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Postcards


The earliest known picture postcard was sent in 1840 in London. Considering all the competing technologies, traditional postcards are still sent these days. But their purpose is being supplemented heavily by instant upload of digital holiday photos to blogs and social networks.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postcard

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Curiosity


Curiosity killed the cat, they say. But the cat had nine lives anyways. I say you can' never be curious enough. Or can you?
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curiosity

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Gemini Constellation


Gemini is Latin for twins. In greek mythology, the twins are Castor and Pollux, for which the brightest two stars in the constellation are named. The annual meteor shower that seems to originate from the Gemini constellation is called the Geminids and peaks in the middle of December.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gemini_%28constellation%29

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Flying Machine Patent


The Wright Brothers were granted a patent for a 'Flying Machine' on the 22nd of March, 1906, 105 years ago. It was for a bi-winged unpowered glider.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wright_brothers

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Liver


The liver's main functions are to produce biochemicals required for digestion and metabolism of food and to detoxify. The greek word for liver is hepar and therefore most medical terms that deal with the liver are prefixed with hepato or hepatic.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liver

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Kidneys


The kidneys have so many useful functions. These include: filtering the blood to produce waste, maintaining an acid balance, regulating blood pressure and reabsorbing water, glucose and amino acids. A healthy person has two kidneys.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kidney

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Magic Hexagons


Each of the 19 hexagons in the normal magic hexagon pattern (bee-hive) arrangement is assigned one of the consecutive numbers starting from 1 to 19. They are arranged in such a way that summing up the numbers in a line of hexagons in any direction adds up to the same magic number, 38! The only other normal magic hexagon is one by itself!
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_hexagon

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Spam


Everyone hates receving annoying spam email. But why is it called spam? It might have something to do with a 1970 sketch from Monty Python. Thankfully, spam filters just scrunch up the unsolicited mail to the trash folder.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spam_%28electronic%29#Etymology

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Drop a line


Today, send an email to someone you haven't caught up with in a while. It's always nice to receive an update from an old friend.

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Hagar Qim


The complex megalithic buildings of Hagar Qim in Malta are up to 6000 years old. They are aligned with various astronomical events. They are older and more fascinating than Stonehenge and the Pyramids. Hagar Qim is listed as a UNSESCO world heritage site.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hagar_Qim

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Royal Flying Doctor Service


The planes of the Royal Flying Doctor Service fly to the most remote places in Australia to take care of patients who do not have easy access to medical services. RFDS were first set up 83 years ago on the 15th of May 1928, by Rev John Flynn.
See Also: http://www.flyingdoctor.org.au/

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Friday the 13th


The 13th of a month falls on a Friday at least once and at most 3 times a year. It happens when the month starts on a Sunday. Friggatriskaidekaphobia is the name for fear of Friday 13th's.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friday_the_13th

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Bazinga!


What a funny word that became part of a cult's vocabulary thanks to the tv show "The Big Bang Theory's" Sheldon Cooper. Bazinga! Used to reveal one's practical joke.
See Also: http://instantbazinga.com/

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Salvador Dali


Salvador Dali is perhaps the most famous surrealist painter. "The Persistence of Memory" is his most known piece. Salvador Dali was born on the 11th of May, 1904 in Figueres, Spain.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvador_Dal%C3%AD

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Aladdin


Aladdin literally means "nobility of the faith". The original story is a middle-eastern folk tale based in a chinese city. It first appeared when the french translator Antoine Galland added it to the translation of the One Thousand and One Arabian Nights.But did he make it up?
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aladdin

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April 2011 Winner


The April winner of the random draw is kingstontown. Instead of claiming the t-shirt, kingstontown nobly opted for tRace Perfect to donate $50 to the UNHCR Emergency Appeal on his 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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Ludo


'Ludo' is latin for 'I Play'. It is the name of a board game that I used to play when I was a kid. It has 6th century Indian origins. The goal is for the players to move each of their own four pieces from start to finish on the board using dice rolling.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludo_%28board_game%29

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Rubik's Cube


What fascinates me most about the rubik's cube, is the internal mechanism that enables the twisting of the eight 3 x 3 faces in any direction. In fact, Erno Rubik's challenge in the mid-1970's was that one. Only later he realised that he could make a puzzle out of it.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rubik%27s_Cube

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The Hindenburg


The Hindenberg was a zeppelin ferrying passengers across the atlantic. It carried over 100 people. It reached speeds of over 130km/h. It used flammable hydrogen as the lifting gas, instead of the more expensive but more safe helium. 30 lives were lost when it caught fire on May 6, 1937.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LZ_129_Hindenburg

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Leyland Numbers


Leyland numbers are numbers that can be expressed as [x to the power of y] plus [y to the power of x]. 17 is a leyland number because 3^2 + 2^3 = 17.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leyland_number

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Java


Java is the most popular island of Indonesia. It is also a variety of coffee. It also happens to be the computer programming language that tRace Perfect back-end is written in.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Java_%28disambiguation%29

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100th Puzzle


Did you know that 100 happens to be the sum of the first 9 prime numbers? The number 100 has other fascinating properties as well. This is the 100th published tRace Perfect Puzzle
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/100_%28number%29

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Google App Engine


App Engine is infrastructure managed by Google where developers can deploy ther web applcations. The back-end of tRace Perfect runs on Google App Engine. (GAE)
See Also: http://code.google.com/appengine/

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Nice or Patronising


Sometimes there is a fine line between being nice and being patronising. It typically depends on the relationship between the parties and the cultural background. It's not easy to get right. Aren't we humans emotionally complex?!

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