25 Facts of Today – February 12, 2015

Facts of Today -most bamboo species only flower once every several decades, with the entire population flowering at once. When one variety flowers, the entire variety flowers at the same time around the world, regardless of location, climate, or any other factors for reasons scientists have yet to discern.

most bamboo species only flower once every several decades

Facts of Today -that Joseph Medicine Crow became the last Plains Indian war chief ever after completing all four required tasks while fighting in Europe during World War II. These included touching an enemy soldier, stealing his weapon, leading a successful war party, and stealing an enemy’s horse.

that Joseph Medicine Crow became the last Plains Indian war chief ever after completing all four required tasks while fighting in Europe during World War II

Facts of Today -that a man named Armand Hammer coincidentally ended up on the board of directors for Arm & Hammer

that a man named Armand Hammer coincidentally ended up on the board of directors for Arm & Hammer

Facts of Today -The Canadian $100 banknote featured an Asian woman on the back using a microscope. People complained that it was stereotyping Asians as being good at technology. She was replaced with a Caucasian woman, and then more people complained that Caucasians were being favored.

The Canadian $100 banknote featured an Asian woman on the back using a microscope. People complained that it was stereotyping Asians as being good at technology

Facts of Today -Scientists in Mexico turned tequila into diamonds by heating a cheap shot to 800 degrees Celsius. At that temp, it vaporized and broke down into its atomic constituents, producing a fine layer of carbon crystal structures identical to diamonds on nearby metal trays.

Scientists in Mexico turned tequila into diamonds by heating a cheap shot to 800 degrees Celsius

Facts of Today -Subway has more locations than Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut combined

Subway has more locations than Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut combined

Facts of Today -that as production for American Beauty began, DreamWorks approached twenty established directors, including several A-listers, all who turned down the project before they agreed to let Sam Mendes, a theater director, do it. It won Best Picture and Mendes won Best Director at the 2000 Oscars.

that as production for American Beauty began, DreamWorks approached twenty established directors, including several A-listers, all who turned down the project before they agreed to let Sam Mendes, a theater director, do it

Facts of Today -Hans Island is a disputed territory between Canada and Denmark. When the Danish visit, they leave a bottle of Schnapps for the Canadians. When the Canadians visit, they leave a bottle of Canadian Club for the Danish

Hans Island is a disputed territory between Canada and Denmark

Facts of Today -that on almost all of his albums, Lenny Kravitz not only sang his songs, but did everything else: played the guitar, bass, drums, percussions and produced them all himself.

that on almost all of his albums, Lenny Kravitz not only sang his songs

Facts of Today -that the dancers for Weird Al’s Fat include a guy who was just making a pizza delivery to the studio.

that the dancers for Weird Al's Fat include a guy who was just making a pizza delivery to the studio.

Facts of Today -that Sony BMG used music cds to illegally install rootkits on users computers to prevent them from ripping copyrighted music

that Sony BMG used music cds to illegally install rootkits on users computers to prevent them from ripping copyrighted music

Facts of Today -A helicopter pilot landed on the summit of Everest then did it again the next day to prove it wasn’t a fluke

A helicopter pilot landed on the summit of Everest then did it again the next day to prove it wasn't a fluke

Facts of Today -That so many Purple Hearts were made in anticipation of the invasion of Japan that every Purple Heart since World War II has come from that stock.

That so many Purple Hearts were made in anticipation of the invasion of Japan that every Purple Heart since World War II has come from that stock.

Facts of Today -In Iceland in the 70s a woman became convinced she’d subconsciously witnessed a murder

In Iceland in the 70s a woman became convinced she'd subconsciously witnessed a murder

Facts of Today -that in Alabama, people say TGFM Thank God for Mississippi. It is a reference to the fact that, although Alabama has many problems

that in Alabama, people say TGFM Thank God for Mississippi. It is a reference to the fact that, although Alabama has many problems

Facts of Today -that Eminem’s song Rap God is in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the most words in a song

that Eminem's song Rap God is in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the most words in a song

Facts of Today -the special sunglasses John Lennon and Ozzy Osbourne wore are called teashades

the special sunglasses John Lennon and Ozzy Osbourne wore are called teashades

Facts of Today -Robert H Richards IV, the wealthy heir to the Du Pont fortune, was convicted of raping his toddler daughter but was never imprisoned as he would “not fare well” in jail

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/04/02/justice/delaware-du-pont-rape-case/#

Facts of Today – that the word avocado comes from the Aztec ahuacacuahatl, which translates to testicle tree

that the word avocado comes from the Aztec ahuacacuahatl, which translates to testicle tree

Facts of Today -that St. Bibiana is the patron saint of hangovers

that St. Bibiana is the patron saint of hangovers

Facts of Today -when Nintendo launched the SNES in America, some parents thought Nintendo was manipulating their children into purchasing an unnecessary system, and forced their kids to go to therapy sessions to show them how they were being “exploited”

Facts of Today -Purell purposely adds an unpleasant bitter taste to its product to make it undesirable to drink and to discourage ingestion

Purell purposely adds an unpleasant bitter taste to its product to make it undesirable to drink and to discourage ingestion

Facts of Today – a 61-year-old potato farmer, Cliffy Young, won the Sydney to Melbourne Ultra marathon in 1983. Running 875 kilometres (544 mi), out running world record holders and becoming an Australian icon.

a 61-year-old potato farmer, Cliffy Young, won the Sydney to Melbourne Ultra marathon in 1983. Running 875 kilometres (544 mi), out running world record holders and becoming an Australian icon.

Facts of Today -the famous sci-fi series, Dune, was rejected by nearly twenty book publishers when Frank Herbert sought to publish them.

the famous sci-fi series, Dune, was rejected by nearly twenty book publishers when Frank Herbert sought to publish them.

Facts of Today -Youngest Marine to win a Medal of Honor was 17; he dove at a grenade, leaving him with 250 pieces of shrapnel in his body.

Youngest Marine to win a Medal of Honor was 17; he dove at a grenade, leaving him with 250 pieces of shrapnel in his body.

Facts of Today – that an 84 year old man, who has been living atop a cliff for over 50 years, has saved the lives of 160 potential suicide victims by talking to them and inviting them in for tea.

that an 84 year old man, who has been living atop a cliff for over 50 years, has saved the lives of 160 potential suicide victims by talking to them and inviting them in for tea.

Facts of Today -that the actor who voiced Optimus Prime also voiced Eeyore from Winnie-the-Pooh

that the actor who voiced Optimus Prime also voiced Eeyore from Winnie-the-Pooh

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