Facts of the Day – December 23, 2014

Facts of the Day – John Cazale (Fredo Corleone from “The Godfather”) appeared in only five films during his lifetime. All five were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Three of them won.

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Facts of the Day – in 1978, a Russian physicist, Anatoli Bugorski, was struck accidentally by the proton beam of a particle accelerator. 1/2 of his face swelled beyond recognition and became paralysed. Amazingly, he survived and completed his PhD. He is still alive today.

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Facts of the Day – John Pemberton died a pennyless morphine addict after selling the rights to his alcohol-free morphine alternative, ‘Coca-Cola’, a formula he said “some day will be a national drink”.

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Facts of the Day – In Nigeria there are scam artists who sell you houses by pretending to be the owners and get paid a considerable deposit by deceiving buyers. As a result, “This house is not for sale” is painted on many homes in Nigeria

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Facts of the Day – that wild mice (and many other wild animals) will run on an exercise wheel, even when not in a cage, just because they like it!

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Facts of the Day – the highest temperature ever set by humans was produced in the Large Hadron Collider in 2012. It was close to 10 trillion degrees farenheit, over 370,000 times the temperature of the sun’s core.

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Facts of the Day – that the SR-71 “Blackbird” was so fast that a standard evasive maneuver in case it detected a SAM missile was simply to outfly the said missile. Also, out of the 12 losses, none of them were from enemy fire, but from accidents.

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Facts of the Day – that more Nazis were killed by the Russians in the Battle of Stalingrad alone than were killed during the entire WWII by America

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Facts of the Day – Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon is a recovering alchoholic, was penniless, and has been married multiple times.

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Facts of the Day – that North Korea captured a U.S. ship, the U.S.S. Pueblo, in 1968. North Korea maintains the ship as a tourist attraction and propaganda symbol to this day.

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Facts of the Day -that Phillip J. Fry from Futurama was named for Phil Hartman, who at the time of his death was preparing to voice Zapp Brannigan, a character written specifically for him.

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Facts of the Day – a Russian movie director invaded a Ukrainian city and turned it into a 1952 totalitarian society movie set in which for 3 years, actors never left. Including hidden cameras, 24-7 mandatory 1950’s Soviet clothing, canned food stamped with 1952 expiration dates, and fines for using modern phrases.

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Facts of the Day – that in 2009, a Polish woman filed a lawsuit against a hotel in Egypt after claiming that sperm in the swimming pool got her 13 year old daughter pregnant.

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Facts of the Day – George Lucas pitched an ending to ROTJ where Luke helps Vader take off his helmet and then puts it on himself, saying “Now I am Vader. Now I will go and kill the [Rebel] fleet and I will rule the universe”. His co-writer, Lawrence Kasdan, liked the idea, but Lucas decided not to go that dark.

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Facts of the Day – that hundreds of giant companies including banks, phone companies, hotels, radio stations, retail chains, drug companies, and others all use the same woman for their automated phone system voice, and that she even does voices for talking toys

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Facts of the Day – Zebras actually have a black skin, with white stripes – not the other way around.

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Facts of the Day – in 1979, two men arrived at a sheriff’s office claiming to have been abducted by aliens with lobster-claw hands. Left alone in a room with a secret recording device to expose their lie, they instead continued to talk in “terribly distressed” voices about the abduction.

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Facts of the Day – that Batman: The Animated Series contains a not-so-subtle jab at Joel Schumacher, the director of the infamously cheesy and homo-erotic film “Batman & Robin”.

Facts of the Day – A man changed his name to Tim Pppppppprice just to make it difficult for telemarketers to pronounce.

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Facts of the Day – that a drone bee’s family tree is a Fibonacci Sequence

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Facts of the Day – Conrad Heyer, born in 1749, is this earliest-born person ever to be photographed

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Facts of the Day – there was a plan to drain part of the North Sea (using dams) to increase the liveable area of Europe, and connect the British Isles to continental Europe

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Facts of the Day – there is a volcano in Arizona that bears the name “Shit Pot Crater,” so named because it resembles a “toilet catastrophe.”

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Facts of the Day – that the Louvre museum in Paris generated $2.5 billion dollars in sales last year.

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Facts of the Day – octopi have 9 nine brains, one for each tentacle and a central one inside their head

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Facts of the Day – It took 300 years for the Giant Tortoise to get a Latin species designation because they where so delicious that no one survived the voyage back to Europe without being eaten by the humans transporting them.

Facts of the Day – Fight Club’ author Chuck Palahniuk thinks the movie is better than the book

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Facts of the Day – up until 2010 New York City had so-called “rubber rooms” where hundreds of suspended teachers went each day instead of to work while their cases were pending. The teachers could sit for years and do nothing while still getting paid.

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Facts of the Day – that the mother’s name in How I Met Your Mother was revealed in season 1 episode 9.

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Facts of the Day – that Yuma, Arizona is the sunniest place in the United States and one of the sunniest in the world.

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Facts of the Day – that a small group of companies own the majority of all food brands.

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Facts of the Day – A Liberian restaurant in Minnesota experienced poor business from the Ebola scare and customers were asking “Do you have Ebola?” at the counter

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