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Through movies, such as “Jurassic Park”, the Jurassic has become well-known for the general public. It's a geologic period (201.3-145 million years ago), best known for its dinosaurs. But which geologic period preceded the Jurassic?
Before the Jurassic, it was the Triassic period (251.9-201.3 million years ago), and after the Jurassic came the Cretaceous Period (145-66 million years ago). These three periods were the era of the dinosaurs, the Mesozoic era.
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The human tongue has receptors for five tastes. For a long time it was believed that the tastes were just four: sweet, sour, bitter, and salty, but in 2002 it was discovered that we have taste buds for a fifth taste as well. What is the fifth taste called?
It is called Umami – which is Japanese for “essence of deliciousness”. Scientifically, it is the taste of an amino acid, glutamate. You can add this taste to any food by adding MSG (monosodium glutamate).
As @fantagira knew, mushrooms have the fifth taste, umami, and glutamate exists naturally in many foodstuffs – for instance aged cheese, tomatoes, seaweeds, green tea, mushrooms, cured meat, fish, shellfish, ...
By winning the three most prestigious tournaments in the world (not necessarily the same year), you become a member of the Triple Gold Club. It has presently 30 members (eleven of them are Canadians and nine are Swedes). Which sport are we talking about?
We are talking about ice-hockey. To become a member of the Triple Gold Club, you must have gold from the Olympic tournament, from the world championships, and you must have won Stanley Cup.
There is only one actor/actress who has won four Oscars. Who?
Katharine Hepburn. She was nominated 12 times and won it four times for Best Actress: in “Morning Glory” in 1934, in “Guess Who's Coming to Dinner“ in 1968, in “The Lion in Winter” in 1969, and the last one in “On Golden Pond” in 1982.
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Macintosh is a well-known name in the computer age, but it is not only Apple – it is also something associated with certain clothing, nowadays often written Mackintosh. What is “a Mackintosh”?
Charles Macintosh (1766–1843) invented a method to make fabric waterproof, and after him Macintosh, or Mackintosh, is that waterproof material – or, in Britain, a Mac is a raincoat made of that material. @Mhizutty knew a part of this.
Most people have heard about “the four body fluids” and that someone's temperament was determined by them. Then we also got “the four temperaments” - each temperament corresponding to one body fluid.
Which were the four body fluids?
Which were the four temperaments?
For each body fluid: to which temperament was it related?
In 1873, Ludwik Lejzer Zamenhof created a language, an international auxiliary language. It is still used, allegedly it has around 2 million users, and is the largest artificial language in the world. What is this language called?
Light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation is an important and versatile technology. In daily speech, however, it is not called that, but something much simpler - what is it called? (You have all heard about it.)
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