Facts of the Day – December 20, 2014

Facts of the Day -that Charlie Chaplin considered pulling the plug on his movie “The Great Dictator” because he was worried that it might be banned or that people might not find mocking Hitler funny. When he heard about this, FDR sent Chaplin a message, urging him to make the movie.

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Facts of the Day -Max Martin, a 43-year-old Swede, has co-written more #1 singles than anyone since the Beatles. His credits include “I Want It That Way”, “Oops!… I Did It Again”, “It’s My Life”, “Since U Been Gone”, “I Kissed a Girl”, “Shake It Off”, and much more.

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Facts of the Day – there is an unaired version of the pilot of “Archer” where he is a raptor. Throughout the entire episode, he has no lines. He just makes raptor noises and it makes no sense.

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Facts of the Day -that on the 1995 VHS release of “The Santa Clause” Tim Allen makes a joke about a phone sex hotline. This line was removed from the movie after a child racked up a $400 phone bill.

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Facts of the Day -Jay Z, The Notorious B.I.G., Busta Rhymes and DMX went to the same high school and once Jay Z and Busta Rhymes had a rap battle in the lunchroom.

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Facts of the Day -at the height of his Heroin addiction, Eric Clapton was spending $16,000 a week, or the equivalent of roughly $53,000 today.

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Facts of the Day -that Jimi Hendrix lived in the same London apartment block, on Brook Street, that the composer Handel lived in two centuries before. It is now known as Handel House.

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Facts of the Day – In the mid 1800’s millions of American children learned in school that one taste of alcohol could lead to blindness, madness or death. And there was the possibility too, the children were told, of spontaneous combustion; just one drink of alcohol might cause their bodies to go up in flames.

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Facts of the Day – researchers used a weather balloon to carry 200 paper planes 20 miles up from a barn in Wolfsberg, Germany. The planes were released and found in numerous countries, such as Australia, Russia, and India.

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Facts of the Day -that K2, with a 25% death rate, is more dangerous to climb than Mt. Everest, where only about 3% of climbers are killed.

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Facts of the Day – that when Blink (now Blink-182) first formed, they used to call up local high schools, convincing them that Blink was a “motivational band with a strong antidrug message” in hopes to play at an assembly or lunch

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Facts of the Day -blue light exposure immediately before the evening meal increases hunger

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Facts of the Day -Enya owns a castle and it is fortified to keep out crazed stalkers who attack the staff.

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Facts of the Day -almost every single relationship between our planets orbits are fibonacci sequence numbers

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Facts of the Day – throughout the 1930s, Hollywood allowed the German government to censor films in the U.S. and around the world that were unflattering towards Germany or the Nazis.

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Facts of the Day -when Nadia Comaneci got a perfect ten for the first time in Olympic history, the scoreboard read “1.00” because the scoreboard manufacturer was told not to add a fourth digit place because “a perfect ten is not possible”

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Facts of the Day -Director Stanley Kubricks personal assistant was assigned many tasks including cutting fresh grass each day, laying it on the carpet for Kubricks cat to roll in, then vacuuming up the grass afterwards.

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Facts of the Day -the wild turkey was only 1 vote away from beating the bald eagle as America’s national bird

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Facts of the Day – that in 1968, a bomber carrying 4 nuclear weapons crashed over an icy bay in Greenland. The recovered debris only accounted for 3 out of the 4 weapons, and searches for the missing bomb under the ice were unsuccessful.

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Facts of the Day -that within 20 minutes on May 6th 2010, the US stock market lost and regained over $1 trillion in value. The Dow swung by over 1,000 points and many stocks declined to one cent per share before rising again. There are many theories but no conclusive reason for the crash.

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Facts of the Day -that after Free Willy was so successful, Warner Brothers Studios led an effort to find Keiko the Orca a better home

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Facts of the Day – the Wright brothers’ father only flew once when he was already 82 years old. The aircraft rose to about 350 feet with the old man encouraging his son “Higher, Orville, higher!”

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Facts of the Day -that Marie Curie’s notebook has to be kept in a lead-lined box, and won’t be safe to handle for another 1,601 years. If you want to visit some of her other person items, you have to sign a liability waiver.

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Facts of the Day -when Dustin Hoffman provided the voice of Mr. Bergstrom, Lisa’s substitute teacher on the Simpsons, he used the pseudonym Sam Etic in the closing credits (Semitic) since both he and the character are Jewish.

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Facts of the Day -that Charlotte Bronte set her novel Jane Eyre during the Regency period (indicated by mentions of King George III). But every adaptation of the novel, including book covers, sets the story somewhere around the 1840’s, when the book was published.

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Facts of the Day -Theodore Roosevelt became blind in one eye from an injury suffered during a boxing match, while he was still in office

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Facts of the Day – that a pub in Birmingham is being terrorised by “Grasper the Friendly Ghost”, who, apparently, goes around and pinches customers’ bums.

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Facts of the Day -Mikheil Gelovani, the actor that played Stalin in a majority of the USSR’s propaganda films, suffered from state sponsored typecasting. Stalin would not permit the actor to play any other role that could associate the communist leader as a “mere mortal.”

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Facts of the Day -that as part of the UK’s BTinfinity Broadband rollout, Huawei, a Chinese company with ties to the Chinese military, was allowed unfettered access to critical national systems without the consent of the UK Government because BT didn’t inform them

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