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If 1+4=5, 2+5=12 and 3+6=21 then 5+8=?

Volta announces his battery

In 1800, Alessandro Volta dated a letter announcing his invention of the voltaic pile to Sir Joseph Banks, president of the Royal Society, London. “On the electricity excited by the mere contact of conducting substances of different kinds"” described his results of stacking sandwiches of copper and zinc metal discs between pads of moist material. The letter had to pass from Italy, through France, which was then at war with Britain, so Volta sent the message in two parts. When the first pages arrived, Banks showed them to Anthony Carlisle, a London surgeon, who with William Nicholson immediately began trying to repeat Volta's experiments. By 2 May 1800, they stumbled upon electrolysis of water.«

Grandmother started walking

'My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She's 97 now and we don't know where the hell she is.'

Ellen DeGeneres (January 26 1958-)

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