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London Tower Bridge


The iconic Tower Bridge is part bascule (drawbridge) and part suspension. The total length is 244 metres, but the longest span is just 61 metres. It is sometimes mistakenly referred to as the London Bridge (which is actually the next bridge up the Thames). The London Tower Bridge was opened on the 30th of June, 1884, 127 years ago.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tower_Bridge

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L-Imnarja


L-imnarja is a public holiday celebrated on the 29th of June in Malta. The name means 'to light up', as traditionally bon fires were used to light up the activities. It celebrates the Christian Saints Peter and Paul but it has also become a celebration of Maltese produce and tradition.
See Also: http://www.visitmalta.com/event-details?l=1&e=3796

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Saxophone


The saxophone is a woodwind instrument invented by Belgian Adolphe Sax and pateneted by him 170 years ago today, on the 28th of June, 1841.The Sax is the iconic instrument of Jazz music.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saxophone

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Automated Teller Machine


Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) are also called "holes in the wall" in the UK. Barclays Bank was the first to place one in service on the 27th of June, 1967, in London.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automated_Teller_Machine

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United Nations


The United Nations was established on the 26th of June 1945, after World War II to replace the League of Nations. It started with 50 countries. The United Nations now counts 192 member states. The olive tree branch leaves on the UN flag are a symbol of peace.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations

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Tangram


The tangram puzzle is a square dissected in 7 pieces that can be moved, rotated and flipped to form peculiar shapes. The tangram has chinese origins.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tangram

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Flat Earth


There are people who still believe that the Earth is flat. The Flat Earth Society thinks Antartica is a wall of ice surrounding a disc shaped Earth.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flat_Earth_Society

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Alan Turing


Alan Turing was a mathematician and a highly influential computer scientist. He formalised the concepts of algorithms and computation. He was criminally prosecuted for homosexual acts in 1952. Such acts were still illegal in the United Kingdom. Two years later, he died of cyanide posining short of his 42nd birthday. In 2009, the British Prime Minister made an official apology. Alan Turing was born June 23rd, 1912.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Turing

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Two famous goals


On June 22nd, in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final match against England, Diego Maradona scored two famous goals for Argentina. The first one was the infamous Hand of God, scored sneakily with the palm of his hand while faking a header. The second one was to become the goal of the century after a 60 metre, 10 second dash dribbling five English players and their keeper.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argentina_v_England_(1986_FIFA_World_Cup_quarter-final)

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Solstice


The June solstice is the Summer solstice in the Northern hemisphere, and the Winter solstice in the Southern hemisphere. On this day, the inclination of the earth makes the sun appear at its Northest. The day length peaks in the Northern hemisphere, while in the Southern hemisphere, the day finally stops getting shorter, and starts getting longer.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solstice

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Acid Rain


Acid rain happens when gases like Sulphur Dioxide or Nitrogen Oxide react with water vapour in the air to create an acidic vapour, which then precipitates as rain. Such gases can originate from man made pollution, or from volcanic eruption or lightning strikes. Acid rain is harmful to plants, animals and infrastructure.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acid_rain

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Blaise Pascal


Blaise Pascal was a child prodigy. Even though he died before his 40th birthday, he made massive contributions to various scientific fields. He invented the mechanical calculator, a precursor to computers. He was also a writer and philosopher. Pascal, the unit for measuring pressure was named after Blaise. Pascal is also a programming language. Pascal was born 388 years ago, on June 19th, 1623.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blaise_Pascal

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In a Jiffy


A Jiffy is an informal unit for measuring time. It can be used in physics and chemistry. In quantum mechanics, it refers to the theoritical shortest measurable period of time.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jiffy_%28time%29

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Finger Snapping


Ancient Greek dancers and musicians snapped their fingers to maintain a rythm. Finger snapping can be done using the thumb and any other finger. The sharp sound does not come from the thumb-other-finger interaction as many might think. Instead, the snap is the result of the non-thumb finger slapping the palm of the hand. There are a few different techniques. How do you snap your fingers?
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snap_%28fingers%29

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Psycho


Psycho was released this day in 1960. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, it caused controversy with its crude depiction of sexuality, violence and the flushing of a toilet. The most famous scene in the shower was accompanied by what is now an iconic well recognised piece of music.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psycho_%281960_film%29

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Lunar Eclipse


A Lunar Eclipse happens when the moon passes through the shadow of the Earth. If you were sitting on the moon, you would see the sun hiding behind Earth. Isn't this such an amazing coincidence, a wonderful property of our Earth? Today there is a total lunar eclipse. Observe it if you can.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/June_2011_lunar_eclipse

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Superman


DC Comics published Action Comics for the first time on the 14th of June 1938. It introduced Superman, the most famous of superheroes. The issue originally sold for 10 cents. An original copy has sold in March 2010 for 1.5 million american dollars.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superman

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Anne Frank


Anne Frank started writing her diary on her 13th birthday, the 12th of June 1942. Soon after that, her family went into hiding in an attic to escape the holocaust. She kept writing in her diary until two years later they were arrested and taken to concentration camps. Only Otto, the father, survived. He found her diary and worked to get it published.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Frank

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Jacques Cousteau


Jacques-Yves Cousteau lived the sea. He was the pioneer of ocean documentaries. He researched marine life and invented tools to study the underwater. He was born in France on the 11th of June 1910 and left a legacy of 120 television documentaries and over 50 books.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques-Yves_Cousteau

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Bacn


Bacn, as opposed to spam, is correspondence you receive that is solicited, that you subscribed to, but that has very low priority for you to go through. Email inboxes these days are full of newsletters, special offers, social network updates, etc. most of which never even gets read. That is Bacn, pronounced the same as bacon.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacn

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Donald Fauntleroy Duck


Oh boy, Oh boy, Oh boy! Happy Birthday to Donald Duck and his characteristic red bow. He debuted in The Wise Little Hen on June 9th, 1934.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Duck

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Tim Berners-Lee


Sir Timothy is widely credited with inventing the World Wide Web. He is also referred to as the father of the Internet. He is still very actively involved in the development of the web. TimBL turns 56 years today, being born the 8th of June 1955.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Berners-Lee

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Winner for May


The random winner for May is tomtom. Tomtom opted for tRace Perfect to donate $50 to the UNHCR Emergency Appeal. 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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Tetris


Tetris was originally designed and programmed by Alexey Pajitov in the Soviet Union. All of the game's pieces contain four segments, hence the name from 'tetra', greek for four. It was published 27 years ago, on June 6th 1984. Today, play some Tetris.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetris

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Hound Dog


A hound dog is one that assists hunters by tracking or chasing their prey. Elvis Presley performed his version of the "Hound Dog" song on the 5th of June 1956 causing major controversy about the lyrics and mostly about his exaggerated pelvic movements with sexual connotation.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hound_Dog_%28song%29

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Tiananmen Square


Tiananmen Square is in the centre of China's capital city, Beijing, and is the largest city square in the world. 22 years ago, on the 4th of June 1989, the 'People's Liberation Army' massacred mainly students and intellectuals who were in Tiananmen Square demonstrating for liberalisation and reform. The civilian death count is unknown, but estimated to be from several hundreds to thousands.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiananmen_Square_protests_of_1989

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Zen


Zen loosely translates to meditation. It's the Japanese pronounciation of a Chinese word of Sanskrit origins.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zen

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Italian Republic


65 years ago, on the 2nd of June 1946, the Italians voted in a referendum to get rid of the monarchy and become a republic.The Savoy family monarchy was exiled, and Italy as we know it today was born.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birth_of_the_Italian_Republic

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Have a break


When you have been unsuccessfully trying to solve a problem for a long time, have a break and step back from it for a while. It helps.

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