Facts of the Day – December 18, 2014

Facts of the Day – that Benjamin Franklin designed one of the first American coins, and instead of saying “In God We Trust,” it said “Mind Your Business.”

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Facts of the Day –  brass doorknobs will self-disinfect within 7 hours due to an anti-microbial property of brass.

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Facts of the Day –  Speedy Gonzales has a cousin called Slowpoke Rodriguez that appeared in only two cartoons. Since he cannot move fast enough to defend himself, he carries a gun for protection.

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Facts of the Day –  Cockroaches grown in space became quicker and stronger than their terrestrial counterparts

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Facts of the Day –  Mary Donaldson, a 28-year-old Australian who worked at a real estate firm, met a Danish guy at a Sydney pub in the year 2000. He was Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, and she is now the Crown Princess of Denmark.

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Facts of the Day –  Three of Nigeria’s wealthiest pastors spent more than $60 million on private jets between March 2009 and March 2011.

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Facts of the Day –  that s5 0014+81, the biggest suppermassive black hole known, is so bright due to it’s huge event horizon that if it were 100 light years away from Earth (6.31 billion times more distant than the Sun), it would appear just as bright as our host star.

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Facts of the Day –  that refining a 42 gallon barrel of crude oil yields 20gal gasoline, 7gal diesel, and 17gal of petroleum byproducts such as propane, ammonia and plastic material, totaling 44 gallons; a net gain of 2 gallons.

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Facts of the Day –  Google makes use of a Kevlar-like layer to protect its underwater internet cables from shark bites.

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Facts of the Day –  a Prince Edward Island resident has sent out over 4,800 bottled messages into the Atlantic and has received more than 3,100 responses. He typically receives 150 Christmas cards from the people he’s contacted by bottle each year.

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Facts of the Day –  that a 15 year old boy named Temar Boggs chased a car on his bike for 15 minutes to save a 5 year old girl who was kidnapped from her front yard.

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Facts of the Day –  the divide between West Germany and East Germany was so sharply defined it lead to houses and buildings being split down the middle

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Facts of the Day –  that Bret and Jemaine of Flight of the Concords were rumored to be denied funding by New Zealands TV3 because Bret and Jemaine’s humor was deemed “too Wellington”, meaning their humor would not work with the average New Zealander outside of Wellington.

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Facts of the Day –  the US Navy has 2 humanitarian ships that are effectively mobile hospitals that has room for 1000 beds each.

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Facts of the Day –  Squirrels cause seventeen percent of fiber optic cable cuts

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Facts of the Day –  a prankster in 2012 posted fake flyers in a remote Alaskan town, saying a Taco Bell would open soon. When the story came out, Taco Bell airlifted a truck with 10,000 tacos to the disappointed residents.

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Facts of the Day –  on this date in 1903 in Kitty Hawk, NC the Wright Brothers had the first powered, heavier-than-air machine to achieve controlled, sustained flight with a pilot aboard.

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Facts of the Day –  the actual odds of 100 monkeys with typewriters randomly writing Shakespeare’s Hamlet are 1 in 36 x 10 to the 169,541st power.

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Facts of the Day –  Following the Muslim conquest of Jerusalem Jews were once again allowed to live and practice their religion in Jerusalem for the first time since the Byzantines expelled them.

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Facts of the Day –  the Finnish police fired its gun 6 times in all of 2013

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Facts of the Day –  the girl on the Sun Maid raisin package was named Lorraine Collett Peterson and has been there for almost a hundred years.

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Facts of the Day –  there is a New York City neighborhood 30 feet below sea level that is effectively a ghost down because it cannot be hooked up to the sewer system and floods when it rains. It used to be a body-dumping area for the mafia.

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Facts of the Day –  Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien, has said of the films, “They eviscerated the book by making it an action movie for young people aged 15 to 25″..[..]..”The commercialization has reduced the aesthetic and philosophical impact of the creation to nothing.”

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Facts of the Day –  a young man impersonated a police officer with an authentic-looking uniform and car and then set up his own fake police station where he kept records of possible crimes and interrogated “suspects” who were handcuffed to a chair

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Facts of the Day –  the Rolling Stone review for Abbey Road said, “Surely they must have enough talent and intelligence to do better than this,” calling songs on it “so heavily overproduced that they are hard to listen to.” It was later listed #14 on Rolling Stone’s 500 greatest albums list.

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Facts of the Day –  The small island state of Tasmania, Australia has the cleanest air in the world.

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Facts of the Day –  that if fraud were a country, it’d have the fifth largest economy in the world.

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Facts of the Day –  John Ssabunnya was abandoned in the jungle as a toddler when his mother was murdered in 1988. He was found in 1991 living feral with a group of monkeys.

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Facts of the Day –  that there are chicken cartels in Canada…..and it’s legal, causing abnormally high prices and limited options for chicken and eggs.

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Facts of the Day –  37 years after dropping out of college, Steven Spielberg decided to finish his Bachelor of Arts degree at Long Beach University. He turned in his Oscar-winnning Schindler’s List as his student film assignment.

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Facts of the Day –  Nintendo is the current copyright owner for Mario Bros’s porn parody, Super Hornio Brothers.

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