Facts of the Day – December 08, 2014

Facts of the Day -The last known person to be photographed with John Lennon was Mark David Chapman, his future assassin.

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Facts of the Day – Bullying, child abuse, and stress causes children to age faster at a cellular level and leads to physical and mental health problems even decades later, including an earlier death.

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Facts of the Day -that a nigerian scammer asking for money was instead scammed into sending in a wooden bust of the victim to the victim

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Facts of the Day -that a pizza with bacon and egg on it is a common offering at Australian pizza places.

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Facts of the Day – Philadelphia’s mayors were initially unpaid, and often strongly objected to being selected – sometimes opting to pay a large fine rather than serve.

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Facts of the Day -the last man to be executed by firing squad in the USA asked for a bulletproof vest as his last wish

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Facts of the Day – that in the late ’60s and ’70s, the Orange Bowl in Miami had a tank with a live dolphin which would jump to celebrate touchdowns and field goals.

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Facts of the Day -the son of the voice actor who played the demon in ‘The Exorcist’ killed his entire family and then himself

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Facts of the Day -that the creator of the Paddington Bear stuffed toy was Jeremy Clarkson’s mother

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Facts of the Day -that washing your hands with good old soap and water is better than alcohol hand sanitiser at protecting you from catching Norovirus (winter vomiting bug)

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Facts of the Day -that in the Detroit area, sliding glass doors are sometimes known as “doorwalls”.

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Facts of the Day – that in the 50’s one of the major attractions at Las Vegas was watching atomic bomb tests nearby. For a time Vegas was marketed as ‘Atomic City.’

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Facts of the Day -An Ohio Judge, who each year would move a drunken-driving trial from his courtroom to a local high school as a cautionary tale to students, was arrested himself on a DUI after he hit a County bus, failed to stop, then refused a sobriety test after being pulled over by police

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Facts of the Day – that Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were born on the same day in the same year

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Facts of the Day -that “72% of wingsuit flyers had witnessed death or serious injury, and 76% had experienced a ‘near miss'”

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Facts of the Day -Darrell of “Storage Wars” once found a murdered corpse in a unit!

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Facts of the Day – Uma Thurman’s father was the first American to be ordained as a Buddhist monk, and her mother was once married to Timothy Leary

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Facts of the Day -in 2007, a prostitute was held at gunpoint and raped by a prospective client and his buddy after the two refused to pay prior to a prearranged transaction. The Judge in the case ruled the crime as only “theft of services”.

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Facts of the Day – men on OkCupid follow the Standard Creepiness Rule almost exactly

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Facts of the Day -That Alfred Ely Beach constructed the first NY subway in secret, under the nose of corrupt politician William “Boss” Tweed. AND he did it in only 58 days

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Facts of the Day -Outer space is only an hours’ drive away – if your car could drive straight up

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Facts of the Day -that Panpsychism, the view that the universe is a collection of consciousness’ (i.e. that everything has consciousness) is one of the oldest philosophical views, dating back to Greek philosopher Thales, the first Greek philosopher (c. 600 BCE). It is still a mainstream philosophical theory.

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Facts of the Day -that a modified syringe, called Xstat, is able to plug a wound and stop bleeding by injecting tablets that expand into spongesthat a modified syringe, called Xstat, is able to plug a wound and stop bleeding by injecting tablets that expand into sponges

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Facts of the Day – there was an ancient Greek man named Gaius Appuleius Diocles whom was a famous chariot racer whose winning, adjusted for inflation, total $15,000,000,000 making him the highest paid athlete ever.

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Facts of the Day -GoPro founder Nick Woodman is worth $4.8 billion dollars, which is more than twice Mark Cuban’s net worth.

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Facts of the Day – that the green gummi bears are strawberry flavoured

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Facts of the Day -In 2013, two adult film actors discovered that their scenes were being downloaded by an IP address in Vatican City

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Facts of the Day -Einstein once wrote a letter to Marie Curie advising her to ignore the haters (aka ‘reptiles’)

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Facts of the Day -the remains of the largest Viking ship ever discovered were found during excavations for an expansion of the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde, Denmark

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Facts of the Day – that people who are legally blind can still “sense” things that they can’t “see”, including human facial expressions (blindsight)

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