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10 Interesting Facts You Should Know


Question Mark Over the period of time I have come across various interesting facts while reading newspapers, magazines or watching tv. I used to note them down wherever I could find some writing space- back of notebook, loose sheets of papers, as a draft in cell phone and many other weird places! Yesterday while dusting my room I came across that collection and thought of sharing some of those with you.

So let’s get started with some of the interesting facts.

(Note: I have personally verified all the below mentioned facts, and only those facts that I am completely sure to be true have been written here. I assure you of the authenticity of these facts. You can find millions of sites on internet having thousands of such facts and trivia but you can never be sure which of those are actually true. As I mentioned in the post “Reverse ATM PIN-Hoax or Truth”, Internet is a place where it is very easy to spread false information. At KnowledgeHub our aim is to present the correct and authentic facts to our readers.)

1) US flag is popularly known as “Stars and Stripes” .There are 50 stars in it. Do these stars represent the states of USA (which are also 50 in number)? Maybe one of our US readers can throw some light on this.
UPDATE: Bettyl & Karan have confirmed through their comments that the stars represent 50 states of the US. Thanks for the information Bettyl & Karan.

2) Asia’s oldest stock exchange is Bombay Stock Exchange which was set up in 1875.

3) Reserve Bank of India acted as banker for about 7 years for Burma, from 1937 to 1942 and 1945 to 1947.burma note issued by RBI

4) “TataNagars” were extensively used by the British in North Africa during the Second World War. These “TataNagars” were nothing but armored cars, so called as they were built by TISCO in Tata Nagar (India).

5) Though discovered by Columbus in 1492, America is not named after him, but after another explorer Amerigo Vespucci. Columbus discovered America in 1492, but he thought that it was India. In 1501 an Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci reached the same place and realized that it was not India but some unknown place. And thus America got its name after him.

6) All the planet in our solar system rotates anticlockwise, except Venus which rotates clockwise.
Update: Someone commented below that Uranus also rotates clockwise. For those who have this doubt please refer to http://www.sjsu.edu/faculty/watkins/solarspin.htm. Uranus is tilted on its side about 90° so its direction of rotation is ambiguous. Its angle of inclination is usually given as 98° which would mean that its direction of rotation is not clockwise. If its direction of rotation is presumed clockwise then its angle of inclination would be 82°.

7) The first product to have a bar code was Wrigley’s chewing gum.

8) The names of all the continents end with the same letter with which they start (considering six continents- Asia, Africa, Europe, America, Antarctica, Australia. There are different naming conventions used for continents, based on which there are five, six or seven continents).

9) Polar bears with white, fluffy fur actually have black skin.

10) Earth is the only planet not named after a pagan God.

Stay tuned for more interesting facts in the coming weeks.


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29 Responses to “10 Interesting Facts You Should Know”

  1. Amogh
    February 10, 2010 at 12:07 am #

    interesting facts! nice post! :D

  2. Anshul
    February 10, 2010 at 12:22 am #

    @ abc: Thanks for appreciation :)

  3. Anunoy Samanta
    February 11, 2010 at 1:43 pm #

    helpful post!
    kp blogging….

  4. Vinayak
    February 11, 2010 at 1:45 pm #

    very interesting facts
    didn't knew that the us flag had 50 stars
    and yeah it could represent the stated in it
    I have subscribed to ur blog
    ur blog rocks

  5. Anshul
    February 11, 2010 at 2:26 pm #

    @ Anunoy
    Thanks buddy..
    Keep visiting..

  6. Anshul
    February 11, 2010 at 2:28 pm #

    @ Vinayak
    Thanks Vinayak… World is full of such amazing facts.. I'll try to post more such facts in the coming days… and thanks for subscribing to the blog, that really motivates one to come up with better posts..

  7. Rohit Rajpal
    February 12, 2010 at 1:31 pm #

    Hats off to your knowledge man…Great job !

    Thanx for the info!

  8. ~Suraj~ *~-Love is in the Air -~*
    February 12, 2010 at 1:52 pm #

    hi brother …
    thanks for the wonderful facts..

    i have subscribed to ur post..

    keep on posting..

  9. Anshul
    February 12, 2010 at 8:18 pm #

    @ Rohit
    Thanks for the appreciation buddy :)

  10. Anshul
    February 12, 2010 at 8:19 pm #

    @ Suraj
    Thanks for subscribing Suraj.. hope that you'll find future posts as interesting as you found this one..

  11. bettyl
    February 15, 2010 at 3:17 pm #

    Yes, the stars DO represent the 50 US states. Thanks for the other facts, most of which I had no idea!

  12. Anshul
    February 15, 2010 at 3:22 pm #

    Thanks for this information Bettyl :)

  13. CA Karan Batra
    February 22, 2010 at 2:55 am #

    Yes, the 50 stars do represent the 50 States… I wonder what will happen if a new state is formed(as is the case with india, where every day people are fighting for a new state)

    btw i liked the way you linked your post to the person who confirmed

  14. himanshu gupta
    February 22, 2010 at 11:02 pm #

    great post man.

  15. Anshul
    February 22, 2010 at 11:34 pm #

    @ Karan
    Thanks for reconfirming what Bettyl said. You have raised a very good point.. maybe that's why US is not going for creation of new states :)

    @ Himanshu
    Thanks buddy :)

  16. brustvergrößerung
    April 21, 2010 at 4:19 pm #

    Yes, but it is also important to know that actually Columbus didn't discover America. The Vikings did it before. A Norwegian man reached North America.

  17. Anshul
    April 21, 2010 at 4:38 pm #

    @ above:
    Well that's something I'm not sure of, so can't comment on it. Will try looking for this information in library and update it if it is so.

  18. Anonymous
    May 10, 2010 at 10:15 pm #

    6) All the planet in our solar system rotates anticlockwise, except Venus which rotates clockwise.

    Its not only "Venus", "Uranus" as well rotates in anticlockwise dirention on its axis!!

    Confirmed!!

  19. Anshul
    May 11, 2010 at 10:38 am #

    @ Above:
    I guess you mean to say that Uranus rotates clockwise.

    Uranus is tilted on its side about 90° so its direction of rotation is ambiguous. Its angle of inclination is usually given as 98° which would mean that its direction of rotation is not clockwise. If its direction of rotation is presumed clockwise then its angle of inclination would be 82°.
    Source: http://www.sjsu.edu/faculty/watkins/solarspin.htm

  20. Resume Writing
    May 23, 2010 at 10:33 am #

    Excellent article. Enjoyed the cool facts.

  21. Copy paste
    May 25, 2010 at 10:54 pm #

    Interestant fact, my culture has increased today thanks to this post. ;D

  22. ZerviDesk Systems
    August 5, 2010 at 4:23 pm #

    This was a Highly knowledgeable post. Kudos for taking pains to write such an awesome post.

    And it seems to be like that you have spend a lot of time to research and write an unique post like this.

  23. Bridal Shower Registry
    August 10, 2010 at 8:38 am #

    I recently saw something on TV that said Christopher Columbus actually did know that he had reached a new continent rather than the traditional view of him thinking he had reached India in 1492. Not sure if that is true but maybe someone can confirm.

  24. Anshul
    August 10, 2010 at 10:31 am #

    @ Resume Writing
    Thanks :)

    @Copy Paste:
    Glad to help you increase your knowledge :)

    @ZerviDesk:
    Thanks a lot for appreciating my efforts :)

  25. Anshul
    August 10, 2010 at 10:32 am #

    @ Bridal Shower Registry
    Now that's interesting !! I'll try to dig something about this. In case you find some evidence please share it here.

  26. teplo
    September 10, 2010 at 6:13 am #

    Excellent article. Enjoyed the cool facts.

  27. Gourav Jain
    October 4, 2010 at 12:33 pm #

    Cool facts to know ….

  28. Recipes Club
    November 29, 2010 at 2:17 am #

    10) Earth is the only planet not named after a pagan God. <- That one interested me the most. I like cool facts, keep em coming.

  29. rasmeet
    April 17, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

    great stuff!
    thanks :)

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