Facts of the Day – January 03, 2014

Facts of the Day – in 2009 four prison inmates rescued a correctional officer from another inmate. The heroes were in prison for assault, armed robbery, home invasion, murder, and sex offenses and saved the deputy because he treated them like human beings

in 2009 four prison inmates rescued a correctional officer from another inmate

Facts of the Day -Poon Kim holds the record for surviving adrift in a life raft at 133 days in 1942-43. When told no one had ever survived longer on a raft at sea, he replied, “I hope no one will ever have to break that record.”

Poon Kim holds the record for surviving adrift in a life raft at 133 days in 1942-43

Facts of the Day -Tom Hanks intentionally gained 50 pounds to film the first half of Cast Away. He then took a year off to lose the weight and grow out his hair prior to filming the second half. During the break, the director and most of the crew went off to film What Lies Beneath.

Tom Hanks intentionally gained 50 pounds to film the first half of Cast Away

Facts of the Day – In 1976, Eric Clapton made a speech at a concert encouraging the British audience to vote for Enoch Powell, saying that Britain needed to “get the foreigners out, get the wogs out, get the coons out”, and repeatedly shouting “Keep Britain White”. In response, Rock Against Racism was formed.

In 1976, Eric Clapton made a speech at a concert

Facts of the Day -that discoveries of 19th century spear points in freshly killed whales in the 90’s suggested that at least some individuals reached 200 years old.

that discoveries of 19th century spear points in freshly killed whales in the 90's suggested

Facts of the Day -that men actually pioneered wearing high heels and women began wearing them to look more masculine. Men then ditched the heels as not to look feminine.

that men actually pioneered wearing high heels and women began wearing

Facts of the Day -that one of the more common crossword writers for the New York Times, David Steinerg, is 19 Years old. He was first published in the NYT when he was 14.

that one of the more common crossword writers for the New York Times

Facts of the Day -that 50’s British comedian Hattie Jacques, famous for pioneering ‘fat humour’ (female), had an affair with her driver and, with her husband’s consent, moved him into their home. When she finally got a divorce, her husband lied that he was the adulterer to save her public reputation.

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Facts of the Day -the DC Snipers planned to kill 6 white people a day for 30 days at predetermined destinations, but plans were hindered by traffic.

the DC Snipers planned to kill 6 white people a day for 30 days at predetermined destinations

Facts of the Day -that the Mongols pulled their bowstrings back with their thumb. To prevent damage to their thumbs they created thumb rings.

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Facts of the Day – Samuel Jackson is the actor with the highest grossing film total of all time.

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Facts of the Day – there are 33,000+ PhD graduates receiving public aid in the United States.

there are 33,000+ PhD graduates receiving public aid in the United States

Facts of the Day -that due to a popular anime cartoon, thousands of raccoons were imported from North America for Japanese children to keep as pets. When the cartoon’s protagonist later released his raccoon into the wild on the show, many of the pet owners did the same, creating chaos in the ecosystem to this day

that due to a popular anime cartoon, thousands of raccoons were imported

Facts of the Day – that in 2000 the major motorcycle companies of the world reached a gentlemen’s agreement to end a speed war of one-upmanship to try make the worlds fastest production bike, as they feared speeds would escalate to extremely dangerous speeds before it would end. A limit of 186 mph was agreed.

that in 2000 the major motorcycle companies of the world reached

Facts of the Day – John Clem became the youngest sergeant in US history when he was 12, shot a confederate colonel with a miniature musket after he demanded his surrender, and was the last civil war veteran on active duty in 1915.

John Clem became the youngest sergeant in US history when he was 12, shot a confed

Facts of the Day -Eminem was so severely bullied in public school that his mother sued the local school board for “failing to sufficiently protect her child”

Eminem was so severely bullied in public school that his mother sued the local school

Facts of the Day – every Rubik’s Cube can be solved within 20 moves.

every Rubik's Cube can be solved within 20 moves.

Facts of the Day – that diamonds are not forever because they are less thermodynamically stable than graphite, so over time (likely billions of years) all diamonds will eventually become graphite.

that diamonds are not forever because they are less thermodynamically stable than graphite

Facts of the Day – that California blue whales, the largest animals on Earth once driven to near extinction by whaling, have made a remarkable comeback to near historic, 19th-century levels, according to a study

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Facts of the Day -France is the only country in Europe to be completely self-sufficient in basic food production.

France is the only country in Europe to be completely self-sufficient in basic food production.

Facts of the Day -when the 14 minute video of “Thriller” was first released, MTV had to run it twice an hour to meet demand

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Facts of the Day -the worlds first successful penis transplant patient had it removed 2 weeks later due to his wife’s “psychological rejection”

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Facts of the Day -that Steve-O found out Ryan Dunn had died when TMZ called him at 5 a.m. asking about it

Facts of the Day -all people convicted in the 1984 Bhopal MIC Gas disaster, which killed 3,000 people and injured over 500,000, got a total fine of $2,000

all people convicted in the 1984 Bhopal MIC Gas disaster

Facts of the Day -A new species of mushroom was discovered in 2014 in a London grocery store

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Facts of the Day -Some airlines will not let an adult male passenger sit next to an unaccompanied child. British Airways was sued because of this practice and lost, admitting to sex discrimination. They have since ended the policy but other airlines still defend it.

Some airlines will not let an adult male passenger sit next to an unaccompanied child

Facts of the Day -that the Medieval Kingdom of Jerusalem’s major cities featured baths, interior plumbing, and other advanced hygienic tools which were lacking in most other cities and towns throughout the world at this time.

that the Medieval Kingdom of Jerusalem's major cities featured baths

Facts of the Day -Almost 1,500 years before the Magi brought gifts of frankincense and myrrh to Bethlehem, the ancient Egyptians included them among their vast materia medica. Some 2,000 prescriptions are recorded.

Almost 1,500 years before the Magi brought gifts of frankincense and myrrh to Bethlehem

Facts of the Day -there’s quite a burgeoning drifting/legal street racing scene in Palestine where they race mostly old modified cars. There’s even a racing team where all its three drivers are women, to the awe of Palestinian men everywhere.

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