Facts of the Day – December 19, 2014

Facts of the Day -in 2004 North Korea demanded that the Czech Republic ban “Team America: World Police” from theaters. The Czech Foreign Minister relied “Obviously, it’s absurd to demand that in a democratic country.”

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Facts of the Day -Jimi Hendrix was once invited to play with Cream alongside Eric Clapton. In the middle of the show, Clapton walked off stage. He was found in the back shaking angrily and smoking a cigarette. When asked what was wrong, he simply replied, “You never told me he was that fucking good.”

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Facts of the Day -that Marilyn Manson had a designated driver take a girl home from a house party. She got home, got in her own vehicle, and was killed on her way back to the party.

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Facts of the Day -that in Judaism, finding someone a job that enables self-sufficiency is considered the highest form of charity.

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Facts of the Day -The Trailer Park Boys shattered the record set by Wolf of Wall Street for most f-bombs in a feature film. “They have 506 in a 3 hour movie. We have 935 in an hour and a half.”

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Facts of the Day -48% of the world’s population aged 15 and older has never consumed alcohol.

Johnnie Walker and Brooks Brothers present Mad Men Cast and Crew Wrap Party

Facts of the Day – Charlie Chaplin made his movie mocking Hitler with his own money because Hollywood was afraid of losing money if they took a stand.

Facts of the Day -that Tommy Chong encouraged Jordan Belfort to write The Wolf of Wall Street while they were prison cellmates.

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Facts of the Day -the term Pot Hole come from 18th century England when potters would dig holes in the middle of the road for clay.

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Facts of the Day -the actor who played the dying Maurice Fisher in Inception, Pete Postlethwaite, was really dying of cancer. He died 5 months after the film’s release.

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Facts of the Day -Tersicoccus phoenicis is a bacteria only known to exist at two locations on Earth, were independently found in geographically separated spacecraft assembly clean room facilities nearly 4,000 km (2,500 mi) apart.

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Facts of the Day – that when Dave Hampton became the first Atlanta Falcon to rush for 1000 yards in a season in the last game of the 1972 season the game was stopped so the team could honor him. Soon after, Hampton was tripped up in the backfield on a sweep, losing five yards. He finished the season with 995 yards

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Facts of the Day – in the 50s a white man disguised himself as a black man and travelled to some of the most racially segregated parts of America. He found blatant acts of racism almost everywhere he went, and published a book about his experiences called Black Like Me.

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Facts of the Day -Brad Pitt consented to the removal of pieces of his front teeth which were restored when filming of “Fight Club” ended

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Facts of the Day -that the first female governor of Texas was elected in 1924. She said “she would follow the advice of her husband” and voters would get “two governors for the price of one.”

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Facts of the Day -that in Denmark, some teachers use Swedish names for numbers when introducing children to mathematics, because of the irregular structure of the Danish number system. For example, the Danish “71” is structured as “1 plus 3½ times 20”.

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Facts of the Day -that the Aztecs used something called a “death whistle” when attacking rival tribes and it will haunt your nightmares

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Facts of the Day -North Korea’s overall military power is actually ranked weaker than Canada, Australia, and even Switzerland.

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Facts of the Day -half of recommendations on TV “Dr. shows” like Dr.Oz have either no evidence or are contradicted by evidence.

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Facts of the Day – that Sears used its influence over Reddit to get a post removed that showed how to manipulate the sites interface

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Facts of the Day -that 49% of American adults eat at least one sandwich on any given day, according to the CDC. The most common fillings are lettuce, mayonnaise, tomatoes, mustard, catsup, and ham.

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Facts of the Day -the venom of the world’s most toxic spider causes priapism, a potentially painful erection lasting longer than 4 hours.

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Facts of the Day -The Second Congo War, or “The Great War of Africa” (1998-2003), was by far the deadliest war to occur during the last 20 years, with estimates of between 2.7 and 5.4 million deaths.

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Facts of the Day -that, at one point, being randomly drugged with LSD was considered an “occupational hazard” while working in the CIA.

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Facts of the Day -that the guitarist on Joe Cocker’s “With A Little Help From My Friends” is Jimmy Page

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Facts of the Day -The Word “Boner” Used To Mean “Mistake”, and there is a Batman Comic with the Joker saying things like: “So! They laugh at my Boner, will they?!”

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Facts of the Day -Snoopy, the Peanuts Comic Strip character is NASA’s Official astronauts’ personal safety mascot.

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Facts of the Day -Stephen Colbert uses Reddit to find inspiration for his show

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