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Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart Hated Having a Pet Fish in Picard’s Ready Room in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Considering it an Affront to a Show That Valued the Dignity of Different Species.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard’s Ready Room on the USS Enterprise-D. A ready room is a room located adjacent to or near the bridge on Federation Starships and Installations in the Star Trek science fiction universe. This room serves as the commanding officer’s office. But did you know the actor that plays Picard, Patrick Stewart, disapproves of …

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Close But, No Cigar

Carnivals Used to Give Out Cigars for Prizes. The Phrase “Close, But No Cigar” Started Here. Attendants Would Say This to People Who Lost a Game.

If you’ve ever come close to accomplishing something but fell short, you’ve probably heard the phrase close, but no cigar. You probably accept defeat and move on. But have you ever given this commonly used phrase any thought? Why the cigar? Who even requested a cigar? Did you know where the saying “Close, but No …

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Toyotomi Hideyoshi Castle

Toyotomi Hideyoshi Built an Entire Castle in Secret. It was Near a Castle He Had Put Under Siege. After 80 Days, He had the Trees Covering Cut Down, Which Made it Seem Like a Castle Had Sprung Up Overnight.

Ishigakiyama Ichiya Castle was a Japanese castle built in the late Sengoku period in Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. It was one of Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s most famous castles and the site of his first meeting with Date Masamune. In 1959, the ruins were designated a National Historic Site. But why was it built in the first …

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Lysistrata

Lysistrata is an Ancient Greek Comedy Where Women Withheld Sex to End a War.

From the 6th century BCE, ancient Greek comedy was a popular and influential form of theater performed throughout ancient Greece. Aristophanes and Menander were the genre’s most famous playwrights, and their works, as well as those of their contemporaries, poked fun at politicians, philosophers, and fellow artists. But did you know there’s an ancient Greek …

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Amaterasu Sun Goddess Solar Goddess

The Sun Goddess of Japanese Mythology Shut Herself in a Cave to Escape a Cruel God but was Lured Out by Another Goddess

Japanese mythology is a collection of traditional folktales and beliefs, especially those belonging to a particular religious or cultural tradition. Shinto and Buddhist traditions are the cornerstones of this particular mythology. But have you heard of Amaterasu, the sun goddess who locked herself in a cave? In Japanese mythology, the sun goddess once locked herself …

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Mundane

Mundane Science Fiction is a Literary Movement Driven by Creating Plausible Extension of Existing Science and Technology

Science fiction deals with innovative and futuristic ideas such as advanced science and technology, space exploration, time travel, parallel universes, and extraterrestrial life. Did you know that a subgenre called mundane science fiction exists? Mundane science fiction, is a sci-fi literary movement focused on making plausible extensions of existing science and technology, setting stories on …

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Ahi Tuna Neko Matagi

How Did Ahi Tuna Turn from Cat Food to High-End Sushi?

Sushi offers a unique and flavorful eating experience, unlike any other dish. Legitimate Japanese cuisine is usually made from premium tuna, amberjack, snapper, or mackerel. But did you know that tuna wasn’t initially used for sushi? In the earlier twentieth century, tuna was caught as a sport. Once caught, it is turned into cat food …

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Isaac Asimov

How Many Books Did Isaac Asimov Write?

Isaac Asimov is popular for his science fiction books, such as the Foundation and Robot series. But he also wrote hundreds of mysteries, short stories, science guides, essays, and even a book on humor. Asimov even worked as a consultant on Star Trek. But how many books did Asimov write in his lifetime?   Isaac …

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Tao Po

Why Do People in the Philippines Say “Tao Po” When Knocking on Someone’s Door?

Cultural traditions and customs are often ingrained in people. These practices and beliefs are learned at a very young age, which individuals tend to apply even as they get old. In the Philippines, there are several rituals, customs, and traditions depending on the region of origin, but did you know why Filipinos say tao po …

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Why Did Ninjas Carry Crickets or Cicadas?

In feudal Japan, a ninja, also known as a shinobi, was a covert agent or mercenary. A ninja’s duties included reconnaissance, espionage, infiltration, deception, ambush, bodyguarding, and martial arts fighting skills, including ninjutsu. Why do they need to carry crickets or cicadas if they have these abilities?  Ninjas carried a small box of crickets or …

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