30 Facts of the Day – January 04, 2015

Facts of the Day –  that when the CEO of the Sesame Street Workshop was asked if Bert and Ernie are gay, he replied, “They are not gay, they are not straight, they are puppets. They don’t exist below the waist.”


Facts of the Day – a young Neil deGrasse Tyson’s neighbors would call the cops on him 1 out of every 3 times he’d go up on his roof to stargaze with his telescope.


Facts of the Day –  a man bought a house for $10k, and found an Action Comics #1 with the first appearance of Superman stuffed inside a wall. Showing it to an in-law, she tried to take it, tearing the cover.


Facts of the Day –  in 1964, riots broke out in North Philadelphia over a false rumor that police beat a pregnant black woman to death. Over 200 businesses were looted or destroyed. Most of those businesses never returned, which lead to much of North Philadelphia turning into the crime-ridden slum we see today.


Facts of the Day –  Japan has a lifetime employment system where large companies hire regular employees right out of school and keep them until retirement and new employees are chosen for their general potential, not because of any special skills or training.


Facts of the Day – during the ’92 Rodney King riots in LA, Korean store owners, afraid the LAPD would not come to their aid, banded together on rooftops with assault weapons and saved Koreatown from looting.


Facts of the Day –  8% of Canadians have had sex in a canoe


Facts of the Day – bluesman R. L. Burnside once killed a man at a dice game. When asked about the incident, he said: “I didn’t mean to kill nobody. I just meant to shoot the sonofabitch in the head and two times in the chest. Him dying was between him and the Lord.”


Facts of the Day – when a man came to a clinic with a chronic infection in his left ear, doctors tried everything to help him from antibiotics to ear drops, but nothing worked. Out of desperation, he decided to take earwax from his good ear and place it in his bad one. After two days his infection was cured.


Facts of the Day –  Bruce lee was a Philosophy Major


Facts of the Day – that in 1913, Adolf Hitler, Leon Trotsky, Joseph Tito, Sigmund Freud and Joseph Stalin all lived within a few miles of each other in central Vienna, with some of them being regulars at the same coffeehouses.


Facts of the Day –  Brazil went against pharmaceutical giants to become a model on HIV prevention and the United States was the only abstention in a UN meeting that declared HIV drugs to be a human right.


Facts of the Day – there is a 30 meters wide rock standing out in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean which was walked on by less than 20 people – almost as few as the moon.


Facts of the Day –  a working-class couple in Harlem with no expertise amassed a collection of art worth over $10 million by slowly buying works directly from up-and-coming artists. Their strategy? “We bought what we liked”


Facts of the Day –  North Korea has its own operating system (RED STAR OS) and it looks like Apple’s OS X


Facts of the Day –  A breed of dog called the Komondor was bred to guard sheep because its dreadlocks are too thick for wolves’ to bite through, and because it looks like a sheep.


Facts of the Day – that there is a large amount of evidence that proves O.J.’s son, Jason, committed the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson


Facts of the Day –  that Time Magazine honored Pikachu as one of the “best people” in 1999.


Facts of the Day – in a 2009 interview, after Eminem proudly displayed his library of porn DVDs, the interviewer informed him that everyone now watches porn online for free. Eminem insisted that they pause the interview so the interviewer can show him exactly how to watch porn on his laptop.


Facts of the Day – in 1918, after a white man was killed by a black man, a white mob went on a week-long riot and killed at least 13 people, including an African-American woman. She was burned alive, and her unborn baby was cut from her stomach and crushed because she spoke out against her husband’s murder.


Facts of the Day –  that police officers shot and killed a 15-year-old autistic boy whose parents had called for help because he didn’t want to go to school…he was armed with a butter knife


Facts of the Day – that Marinus Van Der Lubbe was executed by the Nazis in 1934 but in 1967 his sentence was reduced to 8 years imprisonment.


Facts of the Day – 10 years ago, a single Jon Stewart interview was the central reason that the CNN show “Crossfire” was cancelled.

Facts of the Day –  Cheech Marin beat Yale graduate Anderson Cooper and Dartmouth graduate Aisha Tyler at Celebrity Jeopardy.


Facts of the Day -To demonstrate his skill to the Pope Giotto drew only a circle. It was so perfect that it seemed drawn using a compass


Facts of the Day – that in 1906, Mary Astor planned the release of 10,000 imported Brazilian butterflies at her Debutante ball housed in nets lining the ceiling. They didn’t take into account the heat of the lights, and her party ended with 10,000 dead insects showering her party guests.

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Facts of the Day –  there is a genre of movies called Bromantic comedies and include Harold and Kumar, The Hangover, and Pineapple Express.


Facts of the Day – Cotton Mather was a noted scientist and pastor. He advocated inoculation against smallpox, despite many believing it to be a sin. He’s credited with changing the public perception of inoculations. This is the same pastor who played a pivotal role in the Salem Witch Trials.


Facts of the Day –  That only the US maintains Grand Juries after being abolished by all other Western legal systems over the last century.


Facts of the Day – that Alfred Nobel, who stabilized Nitroglycerin, was told by his Doctor to eat NG to treat his heart complications. He refused. Decades later, NG proved to be effective in reducing the blockages that lead to a heart attack. The scientist that discovered this was awarded the Nobel Prize.


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