Facts of the Day – December 10, 2014

Facts of the Day -I’m finally rich enough to buy all of the frivolous stuff I saw on Food Network. A butter warmer will let my dinner guests know that I’ve made it in life.

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Facts of the Day -that preventing an abort of the Apollo 11 mission has been attributed to the work of Margaret Hamilton, the lead flight software designer for Project Apollo. She was 31 when the lunar module landed on the moon, running her code, and is credited for coining the term “software engineering.”

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Facts of the Day – Prisoner Tavon White impregnated four prison guards while incarcerated in Baltimore. Two of the women even had his name tattooed on them.

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Facts of the Day -that Bob Denver allowed Make-a-Wish kids to rescue him from an island. In full Gilligan costume.

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Facts of the Day -Michael Jordan was once asked why he wouldn’t endorse black democratic candidate Harvey Gantt in a North Carolina senate race, to which Michael Jordan responded, “Republicans buy shoes too”.

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Facts of the Day -of a man who was sentenced to 20 hours of Beethoven after being caught for playing rap music too loud, as an alternative to a full fine. He only lasted 15 minutes before leaving.

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Facts of the Day -the female equivalent to the word “phallic” is “yonic.”

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Facts of the Day -that there is a condition nicknamed Stone man syndrome that converts damaged tissue to bone in the body.

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Facts of the Day – Jewish composer Irving Berlin struggled to pen a Christmas song for the film Holiday Inn. Finally finishing “White Christmas”, he supposedly said “Not only is it the best song I ever wrote, it’s the best song anybody ever wrote!” Bing Crosby’s 1947 record is the bestselling single…of ALL TIME.

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Facts of the Day -if the Hoover Dam’s 3.25 million cubic yards of concrete was poured all at once, it would have taken 125 years to cool

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Facts of the Day -North Korea’s literacy rate is 100%, according to the CIA

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Facts of the Day -when workers were renovating Ireland’s Leap Castle, they found so many human remains impaled on wooden spikes within a wall, it took three cartloads to remove them.

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Facts of the Day -that after being ordered by court to pay $3.6M in fines, Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi (Pirate Bay Co-Founder) wrote them an ‘IOU’

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Facts of the Day -Georgia Tech accepts Bitcoin as a form of payment on campus, and at their stadium.

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Facts of the Day -The average weight for Adult American Men is 196lbs, the average for women is 156lbs

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Facts of the Day -TIL Otto Rahn was an SS officer in the 1930’s who was, homosexual, believed to be Jewish, fascinated with finding the Holy grail, and is described to be the inspiration for Indiana jones and the raiders of the lost ark

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Facts of the Day -there is only one species of cactus that can be found naturally occurring outside the Americas

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Facts of the Day -that in Wellington New Zealand there are suburbs where it is common to have a private cable car from your garage to your house.

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Facts of the Day -that scientists in Portugal found a way to ferment coffee beans into 80 proof booze, destroying the caffeine in the process

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Facts of the Day -Avocados are an example of evolutionary anachronism. They evolved in order to attract megafauna. A large animal would eat the fruit and carry the seed in its digestive system.

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Facts of the Day -a man was charged two DUIs at the same time, an hour apart because of daylight savings.

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Facts of the Day -a RAF pilot accidentally took off with a woman sitting on the tail of the aircraft. After a brief flight, the aircraft, pilot and “passenger’ landed safely.

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Facts of the Day -when lead was removed from gasoline, there was a dramatic decrease in the violent crime rate in the Western World.

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Facts of the Day -someone remade the entire Titanic movie using the Sims 2.

Facts of the Day -Hillsdale College founded in 1844, known as the conservative Harvard, was the first college to have discrimination based on sex, religion, or race in admissions prohibited in its charter, and also refused to play in the 1956 Tangerine Bowl when its black players were not allowed on the field.

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Facts of the Day -Mercedes-Benz once made a race car with a body consisting of mainly magnesium, which during a crash at 24 hour Le Mans, caught fire and created what is said to be the worst racing accident of all time. Mercedes didn’t race again until the 80’s.

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Facts of the Day -Humans are the only mammals with permanently swollen breasts – other animals only have them when nursing.

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Facts of the Day -that the building housing the US Embassy in London is owned by the royal family of Qatar.

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Facts of the Day -a senator from Florida “went on vacation” in the middle of his term, never came back, and eventually turned up homeless and insane in the streets of Detroit

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Facts of the Day -that December, 2013 was the first time an Iceland police officer ever had to shoot a civilian and even though it was completely justified the government issued an apology to the family of the victim.

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