Facts of the Day – December 12, 2014

Facts of the Day -George Lucas gave Mel Brooks his blessing to make Spaceballs on the condition that no action figures be made, as they could be confused with actual Star Wars toys.

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Facts of the Day -Iran eliminated its kidney transplant waiting list by incentivizing unrelated donors with financial compensation and heath insurance

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Facts of the Day -that 1389 people died at Tsar Nicholas II’s coronation party as people were trampled due to rumors that there wasn’t enough free beer and food.

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Facts of the Day – that the founder of Victoria’s Secret sold the company in 1982 for $1 Million and killed himself in 1993 by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge

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Facts of the Day -comedian Eddie Izzard completed 43 marathons in 51 days with no history of long distance running

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Facts of the Day -that “Pixel” is short for Picture Element

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Facts of the Day -that the descendants of Cornelius Vanderbilt, once America’s richest man, held a reunion in 1973. Not a single one of them were millionaires.

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Facts of the Day -That 167 people cashed in big on 175 to 1 odds that Luis Suarez would bite someone during the 2014 World Cup after a Norwegian betting site posted a joke bet.

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Facts of the Day -the Kodak company used a 13-month calendar from 1924 to 1989 and George Eastman pushed for its worldwide acceptance.

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Facts of the Day -that, to date, six nuclear weapons have been lost and never recovered.

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Facts of the Day -that in 1990 there was a revival series of The Brady Bunch called The Bradys, which featured most of the original cast and had more dramatic storylines (e.g., Bobby becomes a parapalegic and Marcia is an alcoholic). It lasted for 6 episodes.

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Facts of the Day -867-5309 has been disabled as a working phone number in 95% of US

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Facts of the Day -the 10 year old singer of “I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas” got her wish and donated it to the local zoo

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Facts of the Day -Mistletoe is a parasitic plan. It absorbs nutrients and water by penetrating branches high up on trees.

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Facts of the Day -that although Antarctica is overall declining in mass due to melting ice, East Antarctica is actually gaining volume.

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Facts of the Day -that the largest galaxy in the observable universe is elliptical galaxy, IC 1101. It has 100 trillion stars and is 6 million light years across! By comparison, the Milky way has a mere 100 billion stars and is 120,000 light years across.

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Facts of the Day -that after losing his wife and two children due to a mid-air collision, Vitaly Kaloyev murdered the Air Traffic Controller responsible in front of the Air Traffic Controller’s kids and wife, spent 3 years in prison and returned back to Russia as a hero

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Facts of the Day – Kenneth Dover, one of the 20th century’s top classical scholars, admitted in his autobiography to engineering the suicide of a colleague who bothered him

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Facts of the Day -out of the top 10 most pirated E-books, Jan 2013, three were about sex tips and three were Photoshop guides.

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Facts of the Day -that if you pull back and let go of the string of a compound bow without an arrow, it is possible that the bow will explode.

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Facts of the Day – there are concrete pillars atop prominent hills all across Great Britain that were used as “trig points” in order to create an accurate map via angles

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Facts of the Day – Portuguese king John II was called “The Man”/”The Dude” (El Hombre) by queen Isabella of Castile (Spain)

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Facts of the Day -that a dreamachine is a device made with a light bulb and a record turntable that reportedly induces lucid dreaming.

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Facts of the Day -that the United States has 17 intelligence agencies and they’re parts of a larger agency called the United States Intelligence Community (US I.C.)

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Facts of the Day -Alexander Fleming warned that misuse of antibiotics could lead to resistant bacteria during his Nobel Prize acceptance speech for discovering Penicillin

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Facts of the Day -That Gottfrid Svartholm from the Pirate Bay had his Mum read him computer manuals before he could read himself so he could learn to program Basic. He was 6 years old.

Facts of the Day -that the “Dnepropetrovsk Maniacs” who killed 21 people in less than a month, were caught because they tried selling a victim’s phone while law enforcement were tracking it.

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Facts of the Day -the earliest pioneers in computer programming were women, until the home computing revolution software Engineering was considered “womens work”.

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Facts of the Day – during WW2, a total of 14,903 pilots died in the United States during training exercises, 8,264 more than in Afghanistan and Iraq combined.

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Facts of the Day –  That an American sniper once crawled on his chest alone for 4 days and 3 nights to assassinate an enemy commander

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