Trivial Diversions

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6 Famous People Who Couldn’t Read or Write
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6 Famous People Who Couldn’t Read or Write

From Byzantine Emperors to Kings, from sports stars to Genghis

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Ukulele Mad: 11 Facts On The Ukulele Fad
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Ukulele Mad: 11 Facts On The Ukulele Fad

Introduced from Hawaii it was an icon of the jazz

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9 Reasons The Boss Rules
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9 Reasons The Boss Rules

When they said sit down, Bruce stood up. Always a

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Alchemical Madness: The Search For The Real Philosopher’s Stone
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Alchemical Madness: The Search For The Real Philosopher’s Stone

In Harry Potter the alchemist Nicolas Flamel produced a magical

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Try, Try Again – Liz Taylor’s 8 Marriages
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Try, Try Again – Liz Taylor’s 8 Marriages

Liz really believed in love – before each marriage she told

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8 Of Ben Franklin’s Incredibly Useful Inventions
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8 Of Ben Franklin’s Incredibly Useful Inventions

Besides his lightning rod he invented: the bifocals, an odometer,

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The Good of Evil – Short Term Pain, Long Term Gain
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The Good of Evil – Short Term Pain, Long Term Gain

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: “The first lesson of history is

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Think Banana. 9 Facts On The Strangely Fascinating Fruit
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Think Banana. 9 Facts On The Strangely Fascinating Fruit

From Alexander the Great to Buddhist monks, from radioactive clones

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‘Gruntle Me’ – 19 Forgotten Words To Use Right Now
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‘Gruntle Me’ – 19 Forgotten Words To Use Right Now

Shakespeare coined some 314 new words by adding the prefix

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The 5 Voices In Your Head – How Do You Self-Talk?
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The 5 Voices In Your Head – How Do You Self-Talk?

A psychology study has analyzed how you experience ‘that voice in

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Ping Pong Crazy – The Fad Of 1902 in 11 Facts
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Ping Pong Crazy – The Fad Of 1902 in 11 Facts

1902 marked the start of a two year Ping Pong

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The World’s Greatest Liar? Louis De Rougemont in 7 Facts
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The World’s Greatest Liar? Louis De Rougemont in 7 Facts

In 1898 this Victorian sensation published his ‘Adventures’ with cannibals, moustachioed

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The Forgotten Swedish Da Vinci? Emanuel Swedenborg in 11 Facts
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The Forgotten Swedish Da Vinci? Emanuel Swedenborg in 11 Facts

Born in 1688, his vision and scientific mind were centuries

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11 Tricks To Trigger Ideas
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11 Tricks To Trigger Ideas

From the logical to the downright odd – some are

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7 Facts About Manhattanhenge
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7 Facts About Manhattanhenge

This curious phenomenon is seen just twice a year at

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Esperanto – The Made-Up Language Spoken By Millions
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Esperanto – The Made-Up Language Spoken By Millions

Invented in 1887 to promote peace and equality, Esperanto has

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The Looney Gas Building – Where Work Literally Drove Men Insane
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The Looney Gas Building – Where Work Literally Drove Men Insane

#1 In 1924 employees at the Standard Oil refinery were

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9 ‘Unspeakable Confessions’ Of Salvador Dali
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9 ‘Unspeakable Confessions’ Of Salvador Dali

Madman or genius? Obscenity or art? Dali was the master

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‘Babe, Your House Burned Down’ – 9 Directorial Tricks To Make Actors Cry
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‘Babe, Your House Burned Down’ – 9 Directorial Tricks To Make Actors Cry

Directors will stop at nothing to get realistic tears: slapping

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Best Nicknames of the 19th Century Gangs of New York
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Best Nicknames of the 19th Century Gangs of New York

Cow-legged Sam, Slobbery Jim, Sadie the Goat, Dandy Jim Dolan,

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Hate Noise? You Might Be A Genius
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Hate Noise? You Might Be A Genius

Many of the world’s great thinkers have drawn a link

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3 Mental Delusions That Resemble Fairy Tales
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3 Mental Delusions That Resemble Fairy Tales

Once seen as supernatural, these rare and disturbing mental delusions

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‘We’ve Had Some Sex.. Um.. Setbacks” – 8 Presidential Malapropisms
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‘We’ve Had Some Sex.. Um.. Setbacks” – 8 Presidential Malapropisms

The inappropriate use of a word is so much worse when

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Return Of The Ewoks! 13 Things You Need To Know
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Return Of The Ewoks! 13 Things You Need To Know

Love them or hate them – in 2015 you can’t

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Meet The Louds – The Controversial First Reality TV Family
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Meet The Louds – The Controversial First Reality TV Family

In 1973 millions obsessively watched the first experiment in reality