Monday, April 25, 2005

Care to know...

  1. That the Sun is about 93,000.000 miles away from the Earth.
  2. That then Great Wall of China is the only man-made structure that can be seen from outer space.
  3. That honey is the only food that never spoil.
  4. That Franciscus de le Boe of Holand developed gin as a medicine in 1692.
  5. That the famous MacArthur photograph while wading ashore in the Philippines was taken by Roger Wrenn.
  6. That the Christimas song Silent Night was written by Fr. Joseph Mohr. Franz Gruber rendered the tune.
  7. The first paperback book was printed - by Penguin Publishing in 1935.
  8. The first dictionary of American English was published on April 14th, 1828, by - who else? - Noah Webster.
  9. The yo-yo originated in the Philippines, where it was used as a weapon in hunting.
  10. That in 1925, Arturo Tuazon and Dimples Cooper executed the first kissing scene in a Filipino movie Tatlong Hambog and was directed by Jose Nepomuceno.
  11. That the word "boycott" came from Charles Cunningham Boycott, an English land agent, when peasant refused to work for him because he is opposed to the land reform that was proposed by the Irish Land League in 1879.
  12. Louis XV was the first person to use an elevator: in 1743 his "flying chair" carried him between the floors of the Versailles palace.
  13. Fe del Mundo, the first Asian to have entered the prestigious Harvard University's School of Medicine, is also credited for her studies that led to the invention of incubator and jaundice relieving device.
  14. It is said that Eduardo San Juan is the inventor of the Lunar Rover, or more popularly known as the Moon Buggy. The Moon Buggy was the car used by Neil Armstrong and other astronauts when they first explored the moon in 1969. Eduardo San Juan, a graduate of Mapua Institute of Technology (MIT), worked for Lockheed Corporation and conceptualized the design of the Moon Buggy that the Apollo astronauts used while in the moon. however, was not listed as the inventor of the Moon Buggy in American scientific journals. It said the vehicle was designed and constructed by a group of space engineers. In Poland, the Moon Buggy is attributed to a Polish inventor. Worse, the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) does not recognize Flores in its roster of outstanding Filipino scientists.
  15. Contrary to popular belief, there was no fish sauce or Patis yet during the Spanish occupation. Patis began to become a part of most Filipinos' diet only after the Japanese occupation. Here is an account of how an enterprising lady discovered the fermentation of Patis. Immediately after the war, the family of Ruperta David or Aling Tentay started a dried fish business. One day, Aling Tentay stored in jars some salted fish that turned into fragments even before they dried. While in jars, the fish fragments turned into a liquid substance that tasted like our Patis today. Thus the beginning of the thriving Patis business of Aling Tentay, which was officially registered in 1949 and is known today as Tentay Food and Sauces Inc. (Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer)

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