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Siamese Twins

The term “Siamese twins” dates to 1811, when a pair of conjoined twins was born in Bangkok, the capital of Siam (now called Thailand). The twins Eng and Chang (which mean “left” and “right” in Siamese) were joined at the lower end of the sternum.

Handy Anatomy Answer Book by James Bobick, 2008.

Vaccination

In 1796 Edward Jenner (1749–1823) inoculated a young boy with cowpox contracted by a dairy maid.  The word “vaccination” is derived from the Latin vacca, meaning “cow,” in recognition of this fact. 

Handy Anatomy Answer Book by James Bobick, 2008.

IQ

IQ, or the intelligence quotient, was originally computed as the ratio of a person’s mental age to his chronological age, multiplied by 100. Following this method, a child of 10 years old who performed on the test at the level of an average 12 year old (mental age of 12), was assigned an IQ of 12/10 x 100=120.

Handy Anatomy Answer Book by James Bobick, 2008.

Dillinger’s Fingerprints

John Dillinger (1903–1934) used acid to burn his fingerprints in an attempt to permanently change them by removing the ridge patterns. He failed, and the fingerprints that reappeared were identical to the ones he had tried to change.

Handy Anatomy Answer Book by James Bobick, 2008.

Fingerprints

Even identical twins have differences in their fingerprints, which, though subtle, can be discerned by experts. Research indicates that fingerprints would not be the same even in the clone of an individual.

Handy Anatomy Answer Book by James Bobick, 2008.

Bikini Atoll

In 1946, the United States began to test atomic weapons on the Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands. It was also in the late 1940s when the two-piece bathing suit made its debut and took its name from the intensely publicized Bikini Atoll.

Handy Geography Answer Book by Paul A. Tucci, 2009.

Pula

The south African country of Botswana, consisting primarily of the Kalahari Desert, uses the pula, which means “rain,” as their currency.

Handy Geography Answer Book by Paul A. Tucci, 2009.

Swahili

Swahili is a mixture of Arabic and African languages that gradually developed through trading between Africans and Arabs. Though there are over 1,000 different languages in Africa, Swahili is the second-most popular language (Arabic is the first).

Handy Geography Answer Book by Paul A. Tucci, 2009.