Facts of the Day – December 16, 2014

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Marijuana is weighed and packaged

Facts of the Day – 26.5 million Canadians tuned into the gold medal final in men’s hockey during the 2010 Winter Olympics. That’s 80% of the entire country’s population.

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Facts of the Day – 82% of black women in the US are overweight with 56.6% being obese

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Facts of the Day -the voice of Charlie Brown from the original Christmas Special was sentenced to a year in jail for threatening and stalking his ex-girlfriend. The judge told him, “Don’t be a blockhead”.

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Facts of the Day – The oldest running company still in operation today is a hotel in Japan named Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan, which was created in 705AD.

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Facts of the Day -Guardians of the Galaxy’s Chris Pratt was discovered waiting tables at a Bubba Gump Shrimp restaurant in Hawaii by Tommy Chong’s daughter. She offered him a role in her movie, on the spot.

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Facts of the Day – Japanese typewriters didn’t have thousands of keys – They only had one key

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Facts of the Day -the Game Boy was only discontinued in 2003.

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Facts of the Day -that Captain Jean-Luc Picard did originally have a French accent, but it was scrapped because no one could take it seriously. According to Patrick Stewart, “it sounded like Inspector Clouseau.”

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Facts of the Day – there are giant clouds of alcohol floating in space. Near the constellation of Aquila, there’s a cloud 1000 times the diameter of our solar system with enough ethyl alcohol to fill 400 trillion trillion pints of beer. Every person would have to drink 300,000 pints each day for one billion years.

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Facts of the Day -That Alexander Graham Bell (the inventor of the telephone) was named honorary chief by the Mohawk Native Americans because of his work in translating and documenting their language. He participated in tribal dances while wearing native ceremonial clothing.

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Facts of the Day -That Taco Bell wrote a thank you letter with their secret ingredient for being sued.

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Facts of the Day -that there is a suburb in Australia called Surfers Paradise that have “Meter Maids” who are in bikinis and feed expired parking meters to promote the area and preserve goodwill

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Facts of the Day -that Teller(the silent half of Penn and Teller) taught Greek and Latin for 6 years before going into show business fulltime

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Facts of the Day -There is not a single publicity photo of Walt Disney with a cigarette in his hand, even though he was an extremely heavy smoker and died of lung cancer.

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Facts of the Day -that pre-Incan people are still living on man-made floating islands of grass, as they have for hundreds of years, on lake Titicaca

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Facts of the Day -Brazil distributes women’s breast milk around the country to babies whose mothers can’t provide it for them.

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Facts of the Day – that the Finnish language has a unit of measurement based on a reindeers urinary habits. Poronkusema

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Facts of the Day -Aluminum Christmas trees dropped in popularity after their negative portrayal in A Charlie Brown Christmas

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Facts of the Day -red M&Ms were not sold for 10 years over concerns that red food dye was a carcinogen

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Facts of the Day – Jack White holds a grudge against Guinness World Records who don’t acknowledge his shortest concert of all time record attempt.

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Facts of the Day – that in 1894 Japan offered to buy the Philippines from Spain for 40 million pounds.

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Facts of the Day -the idea that suicide is more common during the winter months is actually a myth, rates peak during the spring and summer. Considering depression rates are highest during winter, it’s theorized that the relative cheerfulness of spring/summer finally gives people the motivation to commit suicide.

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Facts of the Day -New York’s Yellow Cabs are yellow because John Hertz, the company’s founder, learned from a study that yellow was the easiest color for the eye to spot.

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Facts of the Day -fusing (B) white blood cells and cancer cells produces immortal antibody producing cells

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Facts of the Day -of Balloonfest ’86, a publicity stunt where the United Way of Cleveland released 1.4 million balloons over the city. The balloons tied up highway and air traffic, caused lawsuits seeking millions in damages, and interfered with a Coast Guard search for two boaters who were later found drowned.

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Facts of the Day -some areas have used termites for suturing wounds closed. They have the insect use their powerful mandibles to bite the wound shut, cut the body off, and leave the severed head on holding the cut together.

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Facts of the Day – falcon breeders often let the male birds copulate with their heads, while the breeder wears a special semen-collecting hat. The breeder then courts a female bird of the same species and squirts the collected semen into her using a syringe. All this due to a process known as sexual imprinting.

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Facts of the Day -that when asked about his relationship with Angelina Jolie, Billy Bob Thorton responded “Sleeping with Angelina Jolie is like fucking the couch”.

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Facts of the Day -honey is the only food that doesn’t spoil

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Facts of the Day -that award winning artist Hans Zimmer, famous for his work on The Dark Knight and Inception, was a large part of the Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 soundtrack

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Facts of the Day – as many as two-thirds of the televised deals on Shark Tank do not go through.

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Facts of the Day -George Washington was worth $525 Million in today’s dollars.

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Facts of the Day -that Anheuser-Busch employees could drink as much free beer as they wanted to during their work day up until 1986, when this policy was discontinued and substituted with two free cases of beer to take home per month.

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