Facts of the Day – January 01, 2014

Facts of the Day -Most of the smoke billowing up from a space shuttle launch is not exhaust. It is water vapor from the pool of water under the shuttle designed to absorb the acoustic shock waves that could otherwise tear the shuttle apart.

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Facts of the Day -Wendy Williams had to pay Warner Music $700 in royalties in order to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to someone on her TV show. Warner bought the song in 1990 for $15 million and claims all public performances of the song are illegal unless royalties are paid to them.

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Facts of the Day -A Utah teacher was fired for writing an educational blog about “homophones”

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Facts of the Day -that Hans and Margret Rey, two jews, fled Paris in 1940 on bicycles Hans had built. They escaped just hours before the Nazis seized Paris. Among the few possessions they carried was the illustrated manuscript of the first Curious George book, which they would later get published in New York.

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Facts of the Day – that the Hogwarts Express from the movies is a real train in Scotland and not computer generated

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Facts of the Day -North Korea holds elections every 5 years in which the ballots list only one candidate and the turnout is 100%.

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Facts of the Day -there was a Japanese man who survived 24 days of cold weather by inadvertently falling into a state of hibernation. When he was found, his temperature had dropped to 71°F.

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Facts of the Day -Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, the man for whom the guillotine was named, was an opponent of the death penalty. His family was so embarrassed to have the guillotine named after them that when the French government refused to rename of the machine, they changed their family name instead.

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Facts of the Day -a US Navy POW blinked the word ‘torture’ in morse code during a forced TV interview in North Vietnam to signal his conditions to the Office of Naval Intelligence

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Facts of the Day -Spook Busters is a 1946 comedy film about a group of recent graduates who set up a company to exterminate ghosts in New York

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Facts of the Day – An Oreo’s Double Stuff does *not* contain double the amount of the tasty creme filling.

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Facts of the Day -that in the 1870s, a woman named Nellie Cashman organized and led a party of six to take 1500 lbs of supplies to 26 miners stranded in the B.C. mountains by a snowstorm, after the Canadian Army refused to act because it was too dangerous.

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Facts of the Day -There are stones in Romania called Trovants that grow and multiply after rainfaill

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Facts of the Day -a veterinary medicine given to sick cattle accidentally killed 97% of three species and 99.9% of one species of South Asian vultures. Banned in 2006 in many Asian countries but this year it has been approved for use in Spain and Italy despite warnings about the risk.

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Facts of the Day – that runways have to be longer at higher altitudes. The worlds longest runway is 18,045 feet long, located at a tiny airport in Tibet.

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Facts of the Day -Mosquitoes prefer blood type “O” to any other.

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Facts of the Day -That the official national flag of Mozambique has an AK-47 on it.

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Facts of the Day – it takes 40 gallons of tree sap to make 1 gallon of maple syrup.

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Facts of the Day -Walmart is the third largest employer in the world. The first largest is the United States Department of Defense and the second largest is the Chinese People’s Liberation Army.

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Facts of the Day -an artist launched a 50-year-old Japanese white pine bonsai, along with an arrangement of orchids, hydrangeas, lilies and irises, into space. The goal was to explore how plants would bloom, decay and change outside of the earth, and also capture their beauties with the Earth as a background.

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Facts of the Day -of Estcourt Station, ME. It has no public road access to the rest of Maine; electricity, water, and phone service are provided by Canada, and you have to go through a border crossing to get to the rest of the US.

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Facts of the Day -Christian Bale on Robin:”If Robin somehow crops up in one of the new Batman films along the line, I’ll be chaining myself up somewhere and refusing to go to work”

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Facts of the Day -that Crayolas “Peach” color was named “Flesh” until 1962. It was considered racist to imply that flesh is or should be that color.

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Facts of the Day -there is a genuine, 3000 year old Egyptian obelisk in New York’s Central Park and has been there since 1880, at which time the monument’s cornerstone was laid in place with full Masonic ceremony.

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Facts of the Day -that if Walmart was a nation it would be the 26th largest economy;Walmart’s employee population is greater than Houston’s; and it’s bigger than Home Depot, Kroger, Target, Sears, Costco, and K-Mart combined.

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Facts of the Day -it is possible for Commercial Airplanes to have parachute for the whole plane

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Facts of the Day -When Steve Wozniak built the original 200 Apple-1 Computers in Steve Jobs’ parents’ garage, in 1976. they chose a price of $666.66, because Wozniak “liked repeating digits”

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Facts of the Day -the True Blood actor who played Hoyt actually drinks blood in real life. He says, “if you drink it, it does something to you emotionally.”

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