Facts of the Day – December 05, 2014

Facts of the Day – The Sun is actually white. Viewed from space or a high altitude, it appears as its true color white. Whereas viewed from a low altitude, atmospheric rendering makes it appear to be what we believe as yellow.

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Facts of the Day –  Kim Jong Il once tried to solve North Korea’s food shortages by breeding giant rabbits. A German farmer sent them 12 giant rabbits to get started, but later learned all 12 were eaten at Kim Jong Il’s birthday party.

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Facts of the Day –  No Country for Old Men” had to be shut down because of the smoke clouds drifting over from the nearby set of “There Will Be Blood.”

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Facts of the Day –  that Irene Triplett, an 84-year-old woman in North Carolina, still collects a monthly Civil War pension of $73.13 from the Department of Veterans Affairs. She is the last child of any Civil War veteran still on the VA benefits rolls.

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Facts of the Day –  strangling and choking are not the same thing. Strangling cuts off blood flow through the neck, while choking cuts off air flow.

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Facts of the Day –  Canadians make a candy called tire d’érable by pouring maple syrup on snow, then rolling it onto sticks.

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Facts of the Day –  that there is a second “Mona Lisa” painting held in a secret vault in Switzerland also thought to have been painted by Leonardo DaVinci that shows a much younger version of the female subject

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Facts of the Day –  evidence of the oldest man/dog relationship is in a French cave. Side-by-side foot and paw prints were discovered. The 26,000 year old tracks were left behind by a young boy and his wolf companion.

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Facts of the Day –  Ford released the ECOnetic line of cars in 2008 that average 65 MPG (US), and there are currently no plans to release it in the US.

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Facts of the Day – a UK heart surgeon has pioneered a new way to repair damaged hearts after being inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s medical drawings.

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Facts of the Day –  That when a person dies, hearing is the last sense to go.

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Facts of the Day –  after both had become massively famous, Burt Reynolds and Clint Eastwood got drunk and pissed on the grave of a studio exec who had fired them
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Facts of the Day – that there is a 200 foot stuffed pink bunny with its entrails spilling out over a hill in Italy.

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Facts of the Day –   That James McCartney, Paul McCartney’s son, wanted to learn the guitar not because of his father but because he saw Marty McFly play one in Back to the Future.

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Facts of the Day – Sir Ian McKellen was born at the start of WWII with the war having a lasting impact on him in his young age – “only after peace resumed … did I realise that war wasn’t normal”

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Facts of the Day – a man named Russell Jones, an art director from Park Slope, Brooklyn, received numerous phone calls from Wu-Tang fans who thought he was Russell Jones aka Ol’ Dirty Bastard. One time, Jones received a phone call from Method Man himself, who asked to speak to “Dirty”.

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Facts of the Day – Mark Twain once said, ” the truth is, that when a Library expels a book of mine and leaves an unexpurgated Biblelying around where unprotected youth and age can get hold of it, the deep unconscious irony of it delights me and doesn’t anger me.”

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Facts of the Day – creativity has been linked to depression, anxiety, and “madness”, with writers being 121% more likely to suffer from bipolar depression than the general population and 50% more likely to kill themselves.

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Facts of the Day – that Behind the Green Door (1972) was one of the first pornographic films to feature sex between a white actress (Marilyn Chambers) with a black actor (Johnnie Keyes). The porn industry and viewing public were shocked by the then-taboo spectacle of a white woman having sex with a black man.

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Facts of the Day –  that a woman who died in 2009 had at least 1400 descendants (11 children, 150 grandchildren, 1000 great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren)

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Facts of the Day –  we refer to money as ‘bucks’ because we used to trade with deerskin

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Facts of the Day –  in order for Coca-Cola to continue to exist, the company had to receive a special exception from the Drug Enforcement Agency to allow them to import coca leaves from Peru and Bolivia in huge amounts. In return, the cocaine in the leaves has to be extracted only to be used to create anesthesia.

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Facts of the Day –  There’s a dam in India called Ghod Dam

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Facts of the Day – Komodo dragons do not kill with bacteria-loaded saliva. They have venom glands in their lower jaw that they use to kill their prey.

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Facts of the Day –  Manchester and Birmingham were not represented in Parliament in the lead up to the American Revolutionary War. So the ordinary British citizen felt the Colonists had no right to moan.

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Facts of the Day – that Jim Davis wishes he originally made pizza Garfield’s favorite food, because he claims it’s easier to draw than lasagna.

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Facts of the Day –   that there were 14 original copies of the Bill of Rights, one was given to each of the 13 states. Four states (NY, GA, PA, MD) have lost their copies.

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Facts of the Day –  that many German monks would sustain themselves on nothing but beer and water for the entire 40 days of Lent.

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Facts of the Day – that if you smoke tobacco, your liver will metabolize caffeine faster and feel less effects from it. Important to know if you stop smoking and drink a lot of coffee.

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Facts of the Day –   that Vietnam will pay $300,000 per rhino horn to cure cancer and hangovers, and it’s wiping out rhinos

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