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The Kailasha temple is one of the largest monolithic Hindu temples, carved out of one single rock, it is considered one of the most remarkable cave temples in the world because of its size, architecture and sculptural treatment.

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Wipro founder ‘Azim Premji’ went from 2nd Richest Person in India to 17th position because he donated so much of his wealth to charity. His net worth plunged to $7.2 billion from $21 billion last year. (source)

Photo: Monikia Flueckiger / World Economic Forum / Wikipedia

Maple syrup was promoted in the 1800s as a slavery-free alternative to cane sugar: “Suffer not your cup to be sweetened by the blood of slaves.”

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Dr Seuss drew anti-Japanese cartoons during WWII. When he met the survivors of Hiroshima, he realized “A person is a person no matter how small”. He later created Horton Hears a Who! as an apology, dedicating it to a Japanese friend.

After years of competition between Chuck E Cheese and Showbiz Pizza, Chuck E Cheese went bankrupt and was bought by Showbiz Pizza, who then proceeded to rebrand their locations as Chuck E Cheese.

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Quaker Oatmeal packages in 1902 contained a coupon redeemable for an actual deed to a small plot of land in Milford, Connecticut.

An 11-year-old girl in Nova Scotia wasn’t allowed to swim in a local river, so the girl tested the water and confirmed it had unsafe levels of fecal contamination. Her findings prompted the government to spend $15 million in fixing the problem. (source)

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There are no recorded fatal attacks of wild Orcas on humans. In 2005 a 12 yr old boy in Alaska was bumped by a killer whale while splashing in 4 ft of water. The boy was likely mistaken for a seal, and the bump was an aborted attack once the whale realized the mistake.

Forty years before James Cameron’s “Avatar” was released, the “Noon Universe” Russian sci-fi novels were published, set on a forest planet called Pandora in the 22nd century, inhabited by humanoids called Nave (compared to the “Na’vi” in Avatar).

The Soviet Union once tried to make a tank fly, a prototype was built and tested in 1942, but was found to be unworkable.