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Why are buttons on men and women’s shirts placed on different sides?

The reason why men’s shirts have their buttons on the right side while women’s garments have theirs on the left stems from opulence and convenience. In the 19th century, only affluent women can afford clothes with buttons. And if you are a well-off lady during those days, you don’t dress up by yourself, you have chambermaids to dress you up so their buttons were placed on the side most convenient for right-handed servants. The idea must have came from dressmakers who assist clients during fittings.

In the case of men’s buttons, even the wealthiest bloke of the olden times generally dressed themselves up, even if they have servants who can very well assist them.  Thus, the buttons are on the right side to make fastening or unfastening a piece of garment quicker and easier for the right-handed man. This proved to be useful during unexpected duels where gentlemen can easily unbutton their coats with their left hand while drawing their swords with their right.

 

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Can Apples Really Wake You Up Better Than Coffee?

Apparently, an apple a day, does not only keep the doctor away. It is also considered as a more efficient agent in waking you up in the mornings than caffeine.

Coffee has been the preferred “perk-me-up-in-the-morning” drink of many because of the caffeine it contains which is said to quickly stimulate the senses and provide mental energy. However, the effect quickly fades off as it gives little physical energy to the body.

An apple, on the other hand, contains a natural sugar called fructose  which gives the same effect as caffeine in boosting energy levels. Furthermore, apples have high carbohydrate and fiber content, which are used as the body’s fuel. The high fiber content also cause the natural sugar to be absorbed more slowly into the system, prolonging the boost.
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Is it true that everything weighs less at the equator?

Yes, anything will technically weigh less at the Earth’s equator compared to other parts of the world, say the North or South pole. Any object weighs lighter in the equator, because it is farther from the earth’s center of gravity as compared when it is weighed in the Northern or Southern Poles. You see, the earth is not a perfect sphere and it is “flattened” at the poles because of the rotation of the earth. Thus, the earth’s gravitational pull on an object is greater in the either poles than at the equator.

Furthermore, the acceleration due to the rotation of the earth also affects the weight of an object in the equator. The centrifugal force tend to “throw it off” away from the planet. There is no extreme rotation at the poles so weights of objects are not affected.

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How powerful is a hurricane?

A hurricane is a tropical cyclone, occurring in the North Atlantic Ocean or the Northeast Pacific Ocean, east of the International Dateline. The term hurricane is derived from Huracan, a god of evil recognized by the Tainos, an ancient aboriginal tribe from Central America.

Hurricanes’ energy comes from solar heat that was stored in the ocean . The hurricane sucks in warm, humid air from the lower atmosphere. The air was heated by the sun and moisture from the sea has evaporated into the air.

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Is it true that there are more chickens in the world than there are people?

Yes, chickens outnumber humans. In fact, chickens are the world’s most populous birds. With a population of more than 24 billion in 2003, there are more chickens than humans on Earth!

By a large margin, the country with the most chickens is China. In 2002, almost four billion chickens resided in China. Coincidence or not, China also has the most people.

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