Facts of the Day – December 24, 2014

Facts of the Day – that the parents in Ferris Buellers Day Off met onset and actually got married after filming

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Facts of the Day -that before her 7-day trip to space, NASA engineers asked Sally Ride if 100 tampons was the right number for the mission

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Facts of the Day -that recording artist MOBY gave himself that stage name because his great-great-great-uncle was Heman Melville, author of Moby Dick.

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Facts of the Day -that the earliest piece of great literature, The Epic of Gilgamesh, includes a story in which Gilgamesh is told to build a ship to save the animals of the world from a “great flood”. Nearly 2,000 years later, a similar tale with different names appeared in the Bible’s book of Genesis.

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Facts of the Day -that a “blind pig” was a lower-class establishment that sold alcohol during Prohibition (in contrast to a higher-class “speakeasy”). The owner would charge customers to see an attraction (such as an animal) and then serve a “complimentary” alcoholic beverage, thus circumventing the law.

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Facts of the Day – in 2012 a 14-year old North Korean girl drowned while trying to save portraits of Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il, and the government renamed her school after her

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Facts of the Day -William Wrigley originally started a ‘home essentials’ business, selling baking powder and soap. With these, he gave a free pack of his gum. He later abandoned the baking powder business when he learned that people were buying it just to get the gum.

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Facts of the Day -Although allied with Japan, Hitler had planned to go in war against the “Yellow People” of Asia in an ultimate showdown (WWIII?) between Nazis and the Japanese Empire to see who would truly dominate the world after an Axis Victory.

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Facts of the Day -that when a word is on the ‘tip of the tongue’, your brain is actually trying to help you by blocking out similar words, but in doing so, blocks the target word.

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Facts of the Day – that the SR 71 design could actually go to mach 6 speeds if it wasn’t for the material melting past mach 3.3

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Facts of the Day -the Grasshopper mouse is a carnivorous rodent that dines on worms, scorpions, snakes, and even other mice. It also “stalks its prey in the manner of a cat, sneaking up quietly, and defends its territory by ‘howling’ like a small wolf.”

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Facts of the Day -that Paulo Coelho supports The Pirate Bay and offered to be a witness in the 2009 trial. His comment: “a person who does not share is not only selfish, but bitter and alone.”

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Facts of the Day -prohibition made it a crime to produce, sell, or transport alcoholic beverages, but anyone who already had bottles of old liquor stocked away was free to consume them, so many rich people stockpiled reserves before the law passed

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Facts of the Day – in 1957 five US military personnel agreed to stand directly under a nuclear detonation

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Facts of the Day -that guests visiting Bill Gates’ $63 million home are given a pin to wear that automatically adjusts the temperature, lighting, and music of a room when they enter

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Facts of the Day -a Chinese doctor spent 6 years illegally building a mountainous stone penthouse on top of a residential urban tower, “complete with boulders, trees, gardens, pools and ponds.”

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Facts of the Day -a Chinese doctor spent 6 years illegally building a mountainous stone penthouse on top of a residential urban tower, “complete with boulders, trees, gardens, pools and ponds.”

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Facts of the Day -that during the WWII, Khanpasha Nuradilov a Chechen native, was credited with over 920 confirmed kills, taking 12 prisoners, and capturing nine machine guns.

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Facts of the Day – that the sound of the bald eagle used in movies is in fact a red tailed hawk, as the actual sound of eagles was considered not impressive enough

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Facts of the Day – according to his accountant, the McDuck’s money bin contains 607 tillion 386 zillion 947 trillion 522 billion dollars and 36 cents.

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Facts of the Day -plants can actually sprout within a human body…

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Facts of the Day -Gary Burghoff, who played Radar O’Reilly on MASH, has a visibly deformed left hand, which ironically would have made him unfit for military service. They tried to hide it throughout the series’ run by having Radar hold a clipboard or other hand-obscuring prop in virtually all his scenes

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Facts of the Day – that Kim Jong-Il bought an entire brewery in England, shipped it piece by piece to North Korea and got it rebuilt there.

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Facts of the Day -police are using technology involving compressed-air launchers fitted into the grills of patrol cars. They fire GPS-trackable devices that stick to vehicles being pursued.

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Facts of the Day -XVideos alone averages 4.4 billion page views per month, double what Reddit pulls over the same time and triple what CNN can do

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Facts of the Day -Adolf Frederick, King of Sweden, died of digestion problems in 1771 after eating a meal of lobster, caviar, sauerkraut, smoked herring, champagne, and 14 servings of his favorite dessert, semla in a bowl of hot milk. He is remembered by schoolchildren as “the king who ate himself to death.”

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Facts of the Day -that many Jewish families arrested during the Holocaust have been commemorated with gold bricks in the streets memorializing where lived. As of August 20, 2014, there have been laid over 48,000 Stolpersteine in 18 countries in Europe, making the project the world’s largest memorial.

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Facts of the Day -In Duck Hunt, Player 2 Can Control the Ducks

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Facts of the Day – Penguins filter out the salt in salt water via a duct behind their eyes then sneeze out the extracted salt

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Facts of the Day -of the Hospital Broadcasting Association, which takes song requests from hospital patients. Their list of banned songs include Stairway To Heaven, The Final Countdown and I Want To Live.

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Facts of the Day -eight states have official state dinosaurs.

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Facts of the Day -that the Lena Massacre of 1912, in which striking miners were fired upon by soldiers killing hundreds, was started when workers were issued rancid meat at the company store, reportedly made from horse penises.

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Facts of the Day -St. Nicholas punched a heretic in the face in front of the Roman Emperor.

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Facts of the Day -that during WW2 two polish doctors saved the lives of 8,000 Jews by faking a typhus epidemic that stopped the Nazis entering their town.

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Facts of the Day -In January scientists reported a simple way to turn almost any kind of cell into stem cells. These findings were invalidated in peer review. The lead researcher, Haruko Obokata, was found guilty of misconduct, the papers were retracted, and her supervisor and co-author hanged himself.

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