Facts of the Day – December 29, 2014

Facts of the Day – traffic in central London moves at the same speed as horse-drawn carriages a century ago.

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Facts of the Day – a man in prison killed 2 of his prisonmates and vowed to continue killing if not given the death penalty. He chose the electric chair and was executed in 2013. His last words were “kiss my ass”.

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Facts of the Day – in 1999 EA had to recall 100,000 copies of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 99 as an EA employee hid an uncensored copy of South Park’s Jesus vs Santa episode on the PlayStation disc

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Facts of the Day – there is an episode of Supernatural in which the two main characters are sent to an alternate universe in which they play the actors that play their characters on Supernatural (themselves) who are in the middle of filming an episode of a TV show called Supernatural.

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Facts of the Day – that in 1983, the Soviet Union shot down a commercial Korean flight (departing via Anchorage) when it drifted in Russian airspace. As a result, President Reagan declassified a secret U.S. military system to aid international flight tracking. Today this system is known as GPS.

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Facts of the Day – the former Catholic King of the Belgians had himself declared “unable to rule” by the Belgian Government for one day so a law legalizing abortion could be passed without him having to sign it.

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Facts of the Day – that scientists created a completely enclosed, artificial environment called Biosphere 2 and made one mistake that caused all the trees to fall down before maturation: there was no wind so trees failed to develop stress wood, which is necessary for them to stand.

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Facts of the Day – that in 2008, Hackers gained unauthorized access to a NASA spacecraft’s control system but chose to do nothing with it.

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Facts of the Day – We only know of the story Beowulf from a single manuscript, at one point nearly lost in a fire.

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Facts of the Day – a man mailed 100 companies asking for free stuff, dubbing it “The $39 Experiment.”

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Facts of the Day – that FC Barcelona, one of the biggest soccer teams in the world, has a “reverse sponsorship” agreement with UNICEF. The team wears the organization’s logo on their shirt while donating 1.5 million euros ($1.8 million) each year.

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Facts of the Day – that in 1976 after enjoying a few pints, two chaps decided to “…go over there and make it look like a flying saucer has landed.” From 1976-1991, Doug Bower and Dave Chorley were responsible for over 200 crop circles that started the craze.

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Facts of the Day – Bluetooth technology (and its logo) was named after King Harald “Bluetooth” Gormsson because he unified Denmark and Norway much like the technology which unifies electronic devices. The logo consists of the Nordic runes for his initials…H.B.

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Facts of the Day – that Alexander Shulgin invented hundreds of designer drugs under the protection of the DEA, and that this relationship ended when he published recipes for making them

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Facts of the Day – that Pope John XII either died during sex with a married woman or was beaten to death by her husband, among many other scandalous acts he performed (affairs, toasting to the devil, ordaining a ten-year-old boys as a bishop, etc., etc., etc.).

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Facts of the Day – Back in the 90s, GTA 5 actor Shawn Fonteno (Franklin) knocked out Ice Cube in a street fight and took his chain

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Facts of the Day – after a wave of plane hijackers demanded passage to Cuba in the 1960s, the FAA considered building a fake Havana airport in Florida. US agents would wait for the plane to land and arrest the unsuspecting hijackers.

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Facts of the Day – That watching porn or reading the bible in North Korea is against the law, and is punishable by death.

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Facts of the Day – that if you stood at the equator on Mars, the temperature would be 21C (70F) at your feet, where the Sun had warmed the ground, but 0C (32F) at the top of your head.

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Facts of the Day – that 1/4 of the population can induce a sneeze by looking into a light and that these people can experience up to 40 successive sneezes from exposure.

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Facts of the Day – that women’s extremities, like hands and feet, tend to run colder than men’s extremities.

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Facts of the Day – Women’s farts are scientifically smellier than men, AND Farting in air transport has been proven by NASA to be an explosion and fire risk.

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Facts of the Day – that in a study conducted by the Christian polling firm Barna Group, Evangelical Christians were more likely to have attitudes and actions researchers identified as “Pharisaical” instead of “Christ-like.” In the Bible, Jesus and the Pharisees mutually opposed each other.

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Facts of the Day – that a garbageman from England won the equivalent of $15.8 million from a lottery, 10 years later he was caught for stealing $17 worth of sandwiches. He had blown his wealth away throwing lavish parties, hookers and cocaine.

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Facts of the Day – 10 years ago Petra Němcová was caught in the 2004 Tsunami in Thailand. She managed to hold onto a palm tree, for eight hours and sustained a broken pelvis and serious internal injuries while her then fiancé Simon Atlee drowned.

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Facts of the Day – that Karl Brandt (Hitler’s personal physician and Reich Commissioner for Health and Sanitation) offered to ”submit himself to a medical experiment offering no chance of survival” instead of execution by hanging.

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Facts of the Day – that GPs in Australia are managing 61 per cent less cases of genital warts among young women since the introduction of the national human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination program

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Facts of the Day – of Tsamsa, a giant virus that can kill Anthrax

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Facts of the Day – Tabebuia Trees wood is more dense than water, and naturally shares the same fire resistance rating as industrial steel.

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Facts of the Day – that the choir singing during the intro to Mr. Bean are singing ‘Ecce homo qui est faba’, Latin for ‘Behold the man who is a bean’.

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