Facts of the Day – December 13, 2014

Facts of the Day -starting in the 1960s, the American Heart Association advised the public to eat less saturated fat and switch to vegetable oils for a “healthy heart.” The American Heart Association was founded in part by the makers of Crisco.

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Facts of the Day -an art professor from Syracuse University created a single tree that bears 40 different types of fruit after learning that an orchard full of 150-200 year-old native fruit trees was going to be destroyed.

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Facts of the Day – that after an 8-week course in mindfulness meditation, the amygdala, associated with fear and emotion, shrinks, while the pre-frontal cortex, associated with awareness, concentration and decision-making, becomes thicker

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Facts of the Day – Patrick Stewart, while he was going bald in his teens, believed no woman would ever be interested in him again, and gave up on the idea of love and relationships.

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Facts of the Day – an astronaut threw a boomerang while in a space station and it returned to him. As long as there is air to provide the necessary forces, a boomerang will return to its thrower, even in the weightlessness of Earth’s orbit.

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Facts of the Day -babies learn a language by hearing it, but they must hear it spoken directly to them in person by another human being; as little as 12 hours with a human tutor produces dramatic results in babies, compared to no results even after many more hours of exposure to foreign language TV shows.

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Facts of the Day – in 2007, a 75 year old woman from Virginia named Mona Shaw, smashed up a comcast office with a hammer from being fed up with their poor customer service.

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Facts of the Day -Study proves “old person smell” is real.

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Facts of the Day -splenda was discovered when a foreign graduate student was told to test a chlorinated sugar compound. He thought he was asked to “taste” it, so he did. It was later found to be safe to eat.

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Facts of the Day – that there are Disney “gangs” that frequent Disneyland in Ca.

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Facts of the Day -that a man had sex with over 100 corpses while employed at a morgue. When his wife tried to report him, she was told to stop calling.

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Facts of the Day -More members of Alcoholics Anonymous die from cigarette related illnesses than alcohol. Including one of the co-founders who continued smoking even after needing an oxygen tank to breathe.

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Facts of the Day -that in 1945, 900 Japanese soldiers were forced to retreat through 10 miles of mangrove swamp, during which hundreds were to be eaten by the thousands of saltwater crocodiles lying wait, in what is listed in the Guiness Book of World Records as the “Worst crocodile disaster in the world”.

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Facts of the Day – that Leonard Susskind, professor of Theoretical physics, sparked a 28 year old debate with Stephen Hawking, who stated that the information inside a black hole is lost forever, but eventually Susskind proved him wrong.

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Facts of the Day -Gobekli Tepe is a megalithic temple in Turkey that predates Stonehenge by 6,000 years.

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Facts of the Day – a single Black Mamba snake killed 9 African villagers in a hut in an evening–the next morning locals found a hungry baby, 9 bodies, and a very defensive snake.

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Facts of the Day -the original order of assassins killed their targets in broad daylight in crowded areas, with a rule to not kill any civilians. A contemporary Jewish historian wrote of them: “they are believers of the word of their elder and everyone everywhere fears them, because they even kill kings.”

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Facts of the Day -900 Germans from the town of Demmin committed suicide in panic of the advancing Red Army. Mothers walked into rivers with a rock in a backpack and their babies in their arms. One man shot three young children, then their mothers, then his wife, then himself, but survived as a blind man.

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Facts of the Day -the longest game of telephone (Chinese whispers) started with “Together we can make a world of difference” and turned into “Everybody is evil” and then eventually just “Haaaaaa!”.

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Facts of the Day -In 1965 two astronauts on their way back to orbit played a joke on mission control, pretending to spot Santa in space.

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Facts of the Day -The 12 Days of Christmas start ON Christmas and end 5 January – is not a countdown to Christmas.

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Facts of the Day -Isaac Asimov was one of the most prolific writers of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards.

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Facts of the Day -There is a library that was built on the US/Canadian border. Exiting the library through the opposite entrance requires one to report to the country’s customs thereafter.

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Facts of the Day – an ultralight craft, like a paper airplane, could in theory be dropped from space and land safely on Earth. There have even been discussions about releasing one from the International Space Station to see what would happen.

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Facts of the Day -that mosquitos prefer beer drinkers.

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Facts of the Day -Genetically speaking, the heights of mother and son and of father and daughter correlate, suggesting that a short mother will more likely bear a shorter son, and tall fathers will have tall daughters.

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Facts of the Day – there is a street in London where houses sell for an average of £65,000,000

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Facts of the Day -that The Beatles wanted to make a Lord of the Rings movie with Stanley Kubrick

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Facts of the Day -the phrase “and Bob’s your uncle” refers to a British Prime Minister in the late 1800s giving special treatment to his nephew.

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