Facts of the Day – December 04, 2014

Facts of the Day – Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451, has long maintained his iconic work is not about censorship, but ‘useless’ television destroying literature. He has even walked out of a UCLA lecture after students insisted his book was about censorship.

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Facts of the Day –  When Joan Crawford died, her long time rival Bette Davis said:“You should never say bad things about the dead, you should only say good . . . Joan Crawford is dead. Good.”

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Facts of the Day –  The word ‘Freelance’ comes from 1820 novel ‘Ivanhoe’. It meant a mercenary knight with no allegiance who offered his services in exchange for money.

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Facts of the Day – the only thing left on Bill Gates’ bucket list is not to die.

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Facts of the Day – Bing used Google to populate Bing search results.

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Facts of the Day –   the last surviving veteran of the American Revolutionary War was Lemuel Cook, who died in 1866 at 106 years. He lived long enough to see the end of the Civil War.

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Facts of the Day –  Thomas, founder of Wendy’s, went back to school in 1993 to get his GED because he was worried that his success as a high school dropout might convince some children to quit school.

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Facts of the Day –  that Kevin Smith thought working with Bruce Willis was soul crushing. At the wrap party for Cop Out he toasted the movie saying, “I want to thank everyone who worked on the film, except for Bruce Willis, who is a fucking dick.”

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Facts of the Day – the British tried to surrender to the French at the end of the American Revolution. French General Rochambeau refused British Brigadier General O’Hara’s sword and instead pointed him towards George Washington to offer surrender.

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Facts of the Day -that Russian and NATO troops were very close to using force against each other in Kosovo, 1999. A NATO commander disobeyed the orders he was given, reportedly saying “I’m not going to start the Third World War for you” to his superior, who was later fired.

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Facts of the Day – the classic “Fedora-tipping Neckbeard” picture is of Jerry Messing, who was on the TV show Freaks and Geeks.

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Facts of the Day –  In 2004 a police officer pulled over a woman in California and masterbated on her. Despite DNA evidence he was found not guilty after his attorney was able to successfully argue the woman was asking for it because she worked as stripper.

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Facts of the Day – Netflix employs a team of “taggers” who are paid to watch Netflix and tag the content.

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Facts of the Day – Smith’s wages were garnished 70 percent during the first three seasons [of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air] to pay his back taxes.

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Facts of the Day –  The Nation of Islam states that White People are “Devils” created by a scientist named Yakub on the Greek Island of Patmos.

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Facts of the Day – ACDC has 21 songs with the word “Rock” in the title.

Facts of the Day –  that Some Koreans use fake casts for pretending to have an injured arm to evade having to help prepare holiday meals

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Facts of the Day – in Ancient Egypt, little people were well-respected and some were considered to be gods. The Egyptians were tolerant of of many medical disorders, and they thought that caring for all people was a moral duty.

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Facts of the Day –  In China, An Estimated 1,600 White-Collar Workers Are Dying From Overwork A Day

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Facts of the Day –   Herbert Hoover was fluent in Mandarin Chinese. He and his wife spoke it when they wanted to foil eavesdroppers in the White House.

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Facts of the Day – a steer is a bull that has has been castrated and an ox is a mature steer.

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Facts of the Day –  that Agent Scully was immortal by the end of the ‘X-Files’ series.

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Facts of the Day – That a runny nose while crying, is caused by excess tears entering your sinus cavity. You cry out of your nose.

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Facts of the Day –  much beloved songs “Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy” from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” and the opening notes of “Hedwigs Theme” throughout the “Harry Potter” series as well as many others were performed on a little known instrument called the Celesta.

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Facts of the Day – that during the filming of Blade: Trinity, Wesley Snipes smoked weed all day long. After calling the director a racist and trying to strangle him, he would only communicate with the director through post-it notes signing them, “From Blade”

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Facts of the Day –  that in the town of Virgin, Utah a law was passed which required every homeowner to keep and maintain a firearm.

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Facts of the Day –  That one of the earliest visual representations of Jesus was a piece of graffiti depicting him with the head of a donkey

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