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Mona Lisa has been sent to the moon

Mona Lisa has been sent to the moon.

  In 2013, NASA beamed a copy of the Mona Lisa on the moon using a high-powered laser that was originally used to make communication between spacecraft more effective. The...
Axolotls retain their larval form for life

Axolotls retain their larval form for life.

  While some salamanders are born as adults, axolotls never become adults. Instead, they retain their gills for life and have legs that never fully develop, which means they have...
Apple

In Ancient Greece, throwing an apple at someone was a marriage proposal.

  This comes from the Greek myth wherein Eris, the goddess of mischief, threw a golden apple in the middle of the wedding banquet, saying that it was for the...
Thermometer

The first thermometer was filled with brandy.

  It is unsure who invented the thermometer but it was once filled with brandy instead of mercury and apparently, was accurate enough.  
Tooth Enamel

Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body.

  The white part of your tooth is harder than anything else in your body, even your hardest bone, made up of 96% mineral. In spite of this, though, it...
Toothpaste on a Brush

The Ancient Egyptians invented the toothbrush and toothpaste.

  The Ancient Egyptians used the frayed ends of wooden twigs for toothbrushes - ouch! - and a mixture of burnt eggshells, ashes, powdered ox hooves and mint as toothpaste.  
Hollywood Sign

The famous Hollywood sign in Los Angeles originally read ‘Hollywoodland’.

  It was part of a real estate marketing campaign. Only in 1949 was the sign changed to Hollywood as it is today.  
Tolkien's grave, Wolvercote Cemetery

JRR Tolkien’s tombstone bears the name of one of his characters.

  It bears the name 'Beren' while his wife's gravestone bears the name 'Luthien'. Beren and Luthien were star-crossed lovers he himself invented.  

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