Facts of the Day – December 22, 2014

Facts of the Day -that in the 1920’s, the Ford Motor Company produced so much factory wood waste that they manufactured it into charcoal and sold it under the name Ford Charcoal. The company was later renamed to Kingsford Charcoal.

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Facts of the Day -The Rolls Royce Merlin V12 aviation engine created so much thrust from the exhaust, engineers were able to angle the exhaust backwards to gain 10 mph in the Spitfire it powered.

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Facts of the Day – In 2010 Dave Grohl was admitted to hospital due to a drug overdose… He had consumed too much caffeine from coffee whilst recording a new album.

Teenage Cancer Trust concert at the Royal Albert Hall

Facts of the Day -Abraham Lincoln’s son, Robert, was once saved from being hit by a train when a man grabbed him off the tracks. The man was Edwin Booth, brother of John Wilkes Booth.

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Facts of the Day -that according to the bible, David was offered the king’s daughter if he came back with 100 foreskins of slain enemies. He came back with 200.

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Facts of the Day -HAL Laboratory’s (creators of Kirby and Super Smash Bros.) name was created to put them one step ahead of IBM with each letter

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Facts of the Day -not only are there rogue planets floating through space completely alone, not orbiting any stars, but it’s possible that these pitch-black lonely planets support life.

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Facts of the Day – Hungarian chemist Georgy de Hevesy dissolved Max von Laue and James Franck’s Nobel Prize medals in a highly corrosive mix of acids, aqua regia, to hide from the Nazis. After the war, he precipitated the gold out of solution and sent it to Stockholm where the medals were recast.

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Facts of the Day -that the Chicago Cubs were the first baseball team to win back-to-back World Series; and haven’t won since

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Facts of the Day -North Korean newlyweds, immediately after their wedding, go to the nearest statue of Kim Il-sung to lay flowers at his feet

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Facts of the Day -maintain morale, WWI wartime censors blocked early reports of the 1918 Influenza epidemic in their countries. However, papers were free to report the epidemic’s effects in neutral Spain, creating a false impression of Spain as especially hard hit—thus the pandemic’s nickname, the Spanish flu.

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Facts of the Day -that in the early 1910s a serial killer named Béla Kiss stole money from women and then pickled their bodies in large barrels; when police tried to arrest him in a military hospital he escaped and was never found again

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Facts of the Day -the descendants of black slaves owned by the Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma are still battling with the tribal leadership in a fight to be recognized as full and legitimate members of the tribe, after about 25,000 were disenfranchised in the early 1980s.

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Facts of the Day -that Jimmy Carter signed the bill that made homebrewing legal in 1978. (It took effect in 1979)

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Facts of the Day -that the Iranian crown jewels are considered so valuable that they are still used as a reserve to back Iranian currency.

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Facts of the Day -the Vatican added 7,000 LEDs to illuminate Michelangelo’s 6,000-square-foot Sistine Chapel ceiling painting. Thanks to this intervention, the work is now more visible to visitors than it has ever been in its 500-year history, including the years in which it was lit by daylight.

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Facts of the Day – in 1943 Packard Motors promoted 3 blacks to work next to whites on the assembly line causing 25,000 workers to walk off the job.

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Facts of the Day -Pearl Jam’s song “Jeremy” is based on a true story where a high school student committed suicide in front of his class.

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Facts of the Day -that Norway has a multimillion dollar “Doomsday” seed vault, that holds the largest safe haven of seeds in the world

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Facts of the Day -That an electrical bug zapper can spread a mist containing insect parts up to 7ft.

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Facts of the Day – that Alice Roosevelt, daughter of Theodore Roosevelt, had a long-time extramarital affair with Senator William Borah. They had an illegitimate daughter together, Paulina Longworth, who Alice referred to as “Aurora Borah Alice”

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Facts of the Day -that are two euro-style currency unions in Africa, made up of a combined total of 14 countries and 147 million people

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Facts of the Day -the movie “Misery” is the only film adaptation of Stephen King’s work to have ever won an oscar

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Facts of the Day -the first child abuse case in the USA was brought by the ASPCA in 1874 arguing that a child should have at least as much legal protection as a dog or horse.]

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Facts of the Day -The Majority of Congressmen are Millionaires

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Facts of the Day -radium was a popular ingredient in early 20th century personal items like beauty creams and condoms.

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Facts of the Day – at the Opening Ceremony of the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, North Korea and South Korea marched together as one united country.

Facts of the Day -Truffles contain a psychoactive ‘bliss’ molecule, anandamide, which attracts animals

Truffles /Summer truffles

Facts of the Day – that the NYPD uses taxi cabs as undercover police cars.

Facts of the Day – President Lyndon B Johnson owned an amphibious car. He was known to frighten visitors to his Johnson City, Texas ranch by driving them down a hill straight into a lake while shouting that his brakes weren’t working.

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Facts of the Day -that a college dropout fooled her parents into believing she was still enrolled in order to continue collecting tuition money. Then on graduation day, she called in bomb threats so her parents wouldn’t see her not graduate.

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