Saturday, January 30, 2010

Who Invented The First Computer?

According to reliable sources, the Abacus was invented in 2400 BC by the Babylonians. Then in 1837, Charles Babbage had an idea for the Analytical Engine. It was designed to be powered by a steam engine.

The ENIAC, which was made in the US in 1943, is often referred to as the first useful electronic computer. It was used in World War II and consumed a lot of electricity.

Then in June 1951, The UNIVAC I, was delivered to the US Census Bureau. It was the first mass produced electronic computer made in the USA. In it were thousands of vacuum tubes and it also required a lot of electricity to power it. Each one cost more than 1 million dollars.

Today, computers and computer chips are everywhere, in cars, phones and even your iPod. Smaller chips make it possible to integrate several devices into one. As a result, devices like GPSs which were previously only available standalone are now found in cell phones and similar electronics.

So who invented the first computer? The answer is, many people did and no one person deserves to be credited. The invention was such a huge paradigm shift that many people contributed to its birth and progress in its early years and even today.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Top 10 Amazing Facts about Coffee



Top 10 Amazing Facts about Coffee

1. Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world.
2. Coffee is the second most traded good globally after petroleum.
3. Antioxidants or Flavonoids found in coffee help support the immune system.
4. Coffee does not grow in North America or Europe.
5. The 2 common species of the coffee plant are Coffea Arabica and Coffea Robusta.
6. The Coffee "bean" is actually a "seed", and each coffee fruit has 2.
7. Caffeine overdose typically causes death due to ventricular fibrillation.
8. Arab legend maintains that the coffee bean was discovered by goats watched by a Goatherd named Kaldi.
9. When Coffee first become popular in Europe, it was banned for religious reasons.
10. The rarest coffee in the world is Jamaica Blue Mountain.

Read more Amazing Facts about Coffee

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

How is Soap Made?

Have you ever wondered? How Soap is made? They made soap with human fat in the movie "Fight Club", but did it really work? Did the Egyptians use soap? Is the detergent soap? Read and find out.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Where is the Hottest Place on Earth?

The site has been updated with a short article about the Hottest Place on Earth. No, it's not Africa.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

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The site showcases Interesting Facts and Unusual Facts from around the world. As a dot com experiment, our mission is to use technology to facilitate knowledge and information transfer and sharing.

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