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Trainspotting


Trainspotting is a hobby which involves spotting different makes of trains, and logging it on a notebook or modern equivalent. It is one of the activities that railfans, also known as rail buffs, often practice.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trainspotting_%28hobby%29#Trainspotting

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Football World Cup


Uruguay won the final of the first ever World Cup, on 30th July 1930, in the captial city of their own country, Montevedio. The FIFA World Cup is ogranised every four years and is the world's most viewed sporting event. Over 715 million people watched the final game of Germany 2006, between the host country and the eventual winners, Italy.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FIFA_World_Cup

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Arc de Triomphe


Arc the Triomphe means Triumphal Arch. Standing in the centre of Place Charles de Gaulle in Paris, it honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic wars. It stands 50 metres high, and the arch is wide enough that even a small biplane has flown through it. Arc the Triomphe was inaugurated on the 29th of July 1836.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arc_de_Triomphe

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Pascal's Triangle


In a Pascal's Triangle, numbers are arranged starting with a 1 on top of the triangle. Lines underneath are arranged such that every number is the sum of the two numbers above it. So the second line will consist of two 1s, followed by 1,2,1, followed by 1,3,3,3,1, etc
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pascal%27s_triangle

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Bugs Bunny


'A Wild Hare' was the short animated movie that starred Bugs Bunny for the first time, released on July 27th, 1940. Bugs Bunny is famous for his calm, insouciance (casual unconcern) while sending hunter Elmer Fudd and other Looney Tunes characters crazy. So cheeky, he even bit into today's puzzle!
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bugs_Bunny

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The Golden Ratio


The Golden Ratio is a constant factor that when multiplied by any number x to obtain number y, then y multiplied by the Golden Ratio is equivalent to x + y. It has many applications, most interestingly in arts and aesthetics. The ratio itself is an irrational number, approximate to 1.6180339887. The puzzle today is a golden rectangle.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_ratio

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Test Tube Baby


Louise Brown was the first ever person conceived by IVF: in vitro fertilization, latin for in-glass fertilisation, also known as test tube baby. She was born on 25th of July 1987. The procedure was developed by Patrick Steptoe and Robert Edwards. Edwards won the 2010 Nobel prize in medicine.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louise_Brown

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Facebook Phenomenon


Facebook has drastically changed the way we socially interact. You pretty much friend everyone you ever met in your life and can tell what they have been up to. Typically people share more happy news than sad news at the risk of being perceived as bragging. In a way, it complicates our social interaction as real feelings get lost in literation.
See Also: http://www.facebook.com/TracePerfectPuzzle

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Hale-Bopp


Hale-Bopp, the comet with a funny name, was discovered on the 23rd of July, 1995, independently by two astronomers, Alan Hale and Thomas Bopp. The great comet of 1997 was eventually visible to the naked eye for a record 18 months and provided spectacular views for astronomers and non. If you missed it, it will be back in about 2500 years.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comet_Hale-Bopp

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Munchkin


Munchkin is typically used to refer to children. However Munchkins are characters in the book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, typically pictured short with funny orange hair. The term might have been derived from the city Munchen (Munich in Germany).
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munchkin

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Cancer Constellation


Cancer is Latin for crab. Cancer is a small constellation with faint stars, lying between Gemini and Leo. In mythology, the crab was sent to distract Hercules by his step-mum who hated him. During the battle, Hercules kicked the crab so hard that he sent him to the sky.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cancer_%28constellation%29

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Man on the Moon


The Apollo 11 spaceflight landed the first humans on the moon on July 20, 1969, after a 4 day trip. Michael Collins stayed orbiting on command module "Columbia", while Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin Jr landed Lunar Module "Eagle" in the Sea of Tranquillity, which is not really a sea.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_11

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Salem Witches


On the 19th of July, 1692, 5 women were executed by hanging after being found guilty of witchcraft during the infamaous Salem witch trials, in colonial Massachusetts. A total of 19 were executed for the same reason, while others died in custody.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salem_witch_trials

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Intel Inside


Intel stands for Integrated Electronics. Intel is the inventor of the x86 series of computer microprocessors, found in many personal computers. Intel was founded on July 18, 1968 by semiconducter pioneers Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore. Can you hear the distinctive 5 note intel sonic jingle in your head?
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_Corporation

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Disneyland


Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California was designed and built under direct supervision of Walt Disney himself. Close to 16 million people visit Disnelyland Park each year. Disneyland park was unveiled during a special televised event on the 17th of July, 1955.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disneyland

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Manhattan Project


On the 16th of July, 1945, the first ever atomic bomb was detonated by the Manhattan Project, a test effort led by the United States, United Kingdom and Canada. Sadly since then, over 2000 atomic bombs have been detonated around the world.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manhattan_Project

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Rosetta Stone


The Rosetta Stone has inscribed on it a decree issued in Memphis, Egypt in 196BC. The decree is inscribed in 3 languages being ancient Egyptian hieroglphys, demotic script and ancient Greek. This stone was key for modern historians to translate Egyptian hieroglyphs. It was discovered on the 15th of July 1799, by Napoleon's Egyptian campaign.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosetta_Stone

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Bastille Day


In 1789, on the 14th of July, the French people stormed the Bastille fortress in Paris. This was the flashpoint of the French revolution and is celebrated today. In 2000, on the 14th of July, a powerful solar flare caused a geomagnetic storm on Earth. This solar flare was nicknamed the Bastille Day Event.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/July_14

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Julius Caesar


Julius Caesar transformed the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire and he became its dictator. Julius Caesar was born on the 13th of July 100BC and was assassinated aged 55 on the Ides of March in 44BC.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julius_Caesar

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Trolls


A troll is an internet term for a person who, through willful action, attempts to disrupt a community or garner attention and controversy through provocative messages. A troll is also a mythological creature, related to elves, dwarves, or monsters.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troll_%28disambiguation%29

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Infrared


Do you remember the days when switching TV channels meant getting up from your couch and pressing buttons on the TV? Infrared light is electromagnetic radiation that the human eye can't see. It's what TV remote controls typically use for communication. And it works reflected through mirrors too.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infrared

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Nikola Tesla


Nikola Tesla pioneered electromagnetism and his work was the foundation for alternating current generation and AC motors. The standard unit for measuring the strength of magnetic fields is the Tesla. Nikola Tesla was born on the 10th of July 1856 in what is now Croatia.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikola_Tesla

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Kerfuffle


Kerfuffle is a funny word. It means confusion, disorder. It has Scot or Irish origins. For a synonym, use brouhaha.
See Also: http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/kerfuffle

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Roswell UFO


The most famous alleged UFO encounter was reported by the RAAF information office in Roswell, New Mexico, USA. On July 8, 1947, the press release stated that a flying disk crashed and was recovered by the army. A day later, the release was corrected saying it was a radar-tracking balloon. Conspiracy theories have persisted since then.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roswell_UFO_Incident

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Sliced Bread


Sliced bread was first sold 83 years ago on the 7th of July, 1928, in Chillicothe, Missouri, USA. It was advertised as "the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped", hence the saying "the greatest thing since sliced bread". Go on, make a nice sandwich.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sliced_bread

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June Winner


The June winner of the random draw is vedpaliwal. Instead of claiming the t-shirt, vedpaliwal nobly opted for tRace Perfect to donate $50 to the Red Cross charity 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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Dolly the Sheep


Dolly was the first mammal to be cloned. She was cloned from a cell taken from a mammary gland of another healthy sheep. Dolly was born 15 years ago, on July 5, 1996 in Scotland. She was named after Dolly Parton. Dolly lived for 6 years.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolly_%28sheep%29

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USA Independence Day


On July 4th, 1776, the United States of America adopted the Declaration of Independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. July 4th is the National Holiday of the USA. Americans celebrate the day with fireworks, family reunions, concerts, barbecues, picnics, parades and of course baseball games!
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independence_Day_%28United_States%29

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Radium


Radium was discovered by Marie and Pierre Curie in 1898. It made headlines since it seemed to provide free light and energy. They even started using it as an additive in toothpaste and in some food items for its curative powers. More famously, it was used to make watch dials glow in the dark. It was later discovered that it is radioactve and has negative health effects.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radium

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Five Full Weekends


July this year, 2011, has 5 full weekends. That is, 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays, and 5 Sundays. Unlike what some e-spam claims, this is not at all a rare occurence for any month. It will not change your fortunes. But it is an interesting pattern.
See Also: http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/trivia/fivedays.asp

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Canada Day


Canada celebrates Canada Day every July first, to commemorate that day on 1867, when the costitution was enacted to combine two British colonies into the one country, Canada. Canadians celebrate this day with fireworks, parades, barbecues, concerts, carnivals and picnics.
See Also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada_Day

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