Facts of the Day -that the giant panda has all the necessary equipment for a meat based diet but it lost a gene that codes for the umami receptor. It has no taste for it and will happily live on bamboo.
Facts of the Day – that in WWII, the US Army asked Americans to loan their dogs to the war effort. The dogs’ handlers even sent letters home to their owners for Christmas and to inform them of their dog’s performance throughout the war.
Facts of the Day – lime is poisonous to dogs
Facts of the Day -Polish composer André Tchaikowsky donated his skull to the Royal Shakespeare Company in hopes that it would be used as a prop for the skull of Yorick. In 2008, the skull was used in a series of performances of Hamlet at the Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon.
Facts of the Day -There are still people living in iron lungs
Facts of the Day -that Laika, the first dog in space, did not die peacefully of poison after six days as initially reported, but rather within seven hours of launch, likely due to overheating caused by a faulty temperature control system.
Facts of the Day -that Lego is the world’s largest tire manufacturer, churning out millions of tiny wheels every year.
Facts of the Day -that the Apple logo contains an apple with a single bite, because a small version of the logo would be indistinguishable from a cherry.
Facts of the Day -There is a company that gives employees $7,500 extra every year to take a paid vacation, during which they are not allowed to log in, check email, or do anything else “work-related” during that vacation.
Facts of the Day – Robert Moses (considered to be the “master builder” of mid-20th century NYC, Long Island, Rockland and Westchester County) was responsible for various NYC bridge constructions, Interstate 278, the Cross-Bronx Expressway, parkways and other highways, but never held a valid driver’s license.
Facts of the Day -Grover Cleveland, the 22nd and 24th President of the United States, sexually assaulted a woman who then fell pregnant with his child. Following the child’s birth, the woman was placed in a mental asylum and Cleveland went onto to become governor of New York, known as “Grover the Good”.
Facts of the Day -that in the 1950s the Montreal Canadiens were so keen to add a young hockey player named Jean Béliveau to their roster that they bought the entire league he was playing in. He went on to win 10 Stanley Cups while playing with Montreal.
Facts of the Day -that Aníbal Milhais, a Portuguese farmer turned soldier, held off two attacking German divisions with a Lewis Machine Gun solo, forcing them to bypass and eventually surround him. After not eating or drinking for 3 days, he rescued a trapped Scottish major and returned to Entente lines.
Facts of the Day -that Marie Curie was at the center of a sex scandal (cheated on her husband with a student & it leaked to the press) at the same time she was winning her second Nobel Prize.
Facts of the Day – The Grumpy Cat franchise is worth $100 Million.