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It was recently reported that the technology contained in a single Game Boy unit in 2000 exceeded all the computer power that was used to put the first man on the Moon.

The little "m's" on "M&M's" Chocolate Candies weren't printed on the candies until 1950. They were originally printed in black, not white. It wasn't until 1954 that the "m's" became the color they are today.

Laptop computers and briefcases falling from the overhead bins onto passengers' heads may be the most common accident aboard an airplane.

Magnets help disinfectants kill nearly 33 percent more bacteria in swimming pools, say Cranfield University researchers in Bedfordshire, England. Their findings provide the first proof that commercial magnetic devices for treating water in swimming pools have an effect.

Early models of vacuum cleaners were powered by gasoline.

ENIAC, the first electronic computer, appeared 50 years ago. The original ENIAC was about 80 feet long, weighed 30 tons, had 17,000 tubes. By comparison, a desktop computer today can store a million times more information than an ENIAC, and is 50,000 times faster.

Ever image-conscious, MCI unveiled a new logo in March 1996, the fourth in the firm's 26-year history. The logo was tested in 40 languages including Chinese, Japanese, Russian, and Arabic to make sure there were no hidden meanings or offensive references.

Excluding gasoline, the four basic fluids in a car are motor oil, transmission fluid, coolant, and wiper fluid.

Fiat stands for Fabbrica Italiana Automobile Torino, the name of the Italian manufacturer.

Focus group information compiled by CalComp revealed that 50 percent of computer users do not like using a mouse.

Forensic scientists can determine a person's sex, age, and race by examining a single strand of hair.

From 9,000 pounds of roses, which totals about 55,000 blossoms, two pounds of costly rose essence can be extracted to be used as a component in fragrances.

From bridges to rebar, rust is everywhere. According to a recent study, the annual cost of metallic corrosion in the United States is approximately $300 billion. The report, by the Specialty Steel Industry of North America, Washington, D.C., estimated that about one-third of that cost could be avoided through broader application of corrosion-resistant material and "best anti-corrosive practice" from design through maintenance.

From the smallest microprocessor to the biggest mainframe, the average American depends on more than 264 computers per day.

The Los Angeles Police Department uses a special computer program called HITMAN. HITMAN stands for "Homicide Tracking Management Automation Network," and aides police in solving murders.

The Magnum XL-200 in Ohio was the first roller coaster to crack the 200-foot height barrier.

Mechanization and improved technology have made lighthouse keepers unnecessary. Today, all of the lighthouses in the United States have been automated, except the one at Boston, Massachusetts, which still has keepers for sentimental reasons only. Boston Light was the first one built on U.S. shores.

The main rotor on an autogyro is not powered, its blades are kept rotating thanks to the motion of the aircraft through the air. The first successful flight in a rotary wing aircraft was made by Juan de la Cierva, in Madrid, on June 9, 1923.

Microsoft CEO Bill Gates, launched his business career in 1969, at age 14 by forming a company named Lakeside Programming Group. Gates and his friend Paul Allen signed an agreement with Computer Center Corporation to report bugs in PDP-10 software, in exchange for computer time.

The maximum flight speed of a Boeing 747-300 jetliner is 583 miles per hour.

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