Facts of the Day – November 27, 2014

Facts of the Day – When Patrick Stewart was first asked to consider playing Professor X on film, the actor had no idea who the character was. So when one of the producers handed him an ‘X-Men’ comic from her desk he responded, “What am I doing on the front of a comic book?”

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Facts of the Day –  Germans have a running gag where they pretend the town of Bielefeld does not exist. Even when Angela Merkel talked about a meeting she had in Bielefeld, she added: “…if it exists at all.” Bielefeld has even released a statement insisting their existence, but unknowingly published it on April 1.

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Facts of the Day – Ferrero uses a quarter of the worlds hazelnuts making Nutella.

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Facts of the Day – a man unearthed a hoard of Roman gold coins worth $156,000 within 20 minutes of his first time using a metal detector.

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Facts of the Day –  that during the 1977 New York blackout, a number of looters stole DJ equipment from electronics stores and as a result, the hip hop genre, barely known outside of the Bronx at the time, grew at an astounding rate from 1977 onward.

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Facts of the Day –  Until the late 1400s the word ‘girl’ just meant a child of either sex. If you had to differentiate between them, male children were referred to as ‘knave girls’ and females were ‘gay girls’. Equally, a boy could be called a ‘knave child’ and a girl a ‘maiden child’.

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Facts of the Day –  there is a small village in Japan that invented the practice of rice paddy art whereby 4 different strains of rice are planted in a pattern so that they form a picture once the rice matures.

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Facts of the Day – Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, originally named Reginald, began 75 years ago as a promotional coloring book gimmick during the Great Depression. Over the years, Rudolph had a son named Robbie, a brother named Rusty, and another cranky and overweight brother called Ralph.

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Facts of the Day – The purpose of the grand jury is not to determine guilt or innocence, but to decide whether there is probable cause to prosecute someone for a felony crime.

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Facts of the Day – that as of 2008, TV show Top Gear had a waiting list of over 300,000 names, or 21 years worth of episodes

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Facts of the Day – Director John Ford was sent to the island of Midway to film a documentary on life at a small, isolated military base. He ended up getting caught in the Battle for Midway; he filmed the entire thing and was also injured during the fight.

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Facts of the Day – The record for the most passengers on an airplane was set in 1991 when 1086 Ethiopian jews were evacuated on a Boeing 747 to Jerusalem. The plane landed with 1088 passengers as two babies were born during the flight.

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Facts of the Day –  in early Roman times, a father could legally kill anyone in his family

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Facts of the Day –  eating mangoes prior to smoking marijuana increases it’s effects by making the high stronger and last longer.

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Facts of the Day –  the 300 different NPCs in GTA San Andreas are voiced with as much as 60,000 possible lines, making it almost impossible for any one player to have “heard” the full game audio.

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Facts of the Day –  Aldous Huxley asked for LSD on his death bed and died whilst tripping

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Facts of the Day – Uday Hussein, Saddam’s son, murdered his father’s personal valet and food taster with an electric carving knife in front of dinner guests at Suzanne Mubarak’s birthday party for introducing his father to his second wife.

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Facts of the Day –  that in 1834 Mormon leader Joseph Smith desecrated an Indian grave mound and declared the bones were from Zelph a White Indian who worked for the great Prophet Onandagus. Smith and his buddies divided up the bones and they are now lost.

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Facts of the Day –  Mayhem” from the Allstate commercials is one of the most recognized advertising characters, but a study found that only 41% of respondents could actually link him to Allstate

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Facts of the Day – In some Alpine countries, the Santa Claus character is accompanied by a devilish companion called Krampus, who murders naughty children by drowning them in a bathtub that he carries around with him

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Facts of the Day –  St. Fiarce is a patron saint of hemorrhoids. He miraculously cured his inflamed anus by placing it upon a blessed rock. The stone survives to this day, imprinted with his holy hole, and many still flock to it hoping to cure themselves.

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Facts of the Day – Survivor’s “Eye Of The Tiger” was written at the request of actor Sylvester Stallone, who was unable to get permission for Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust”.

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Facts of the Day –  Adolf Hitler liked Rochdale Town Hall so much, he wanted to “ship the building, brick-by-brick, to Nazi Germany had the United Kingdom been defeated in the Second World War.”

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Facts of the Day – A French man has developed a pill that makes your farts smell like chocolate.

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Facts of the Day –  ATF sting operations running fake pawn shops to buy guns and stolen items offered such sky-higher high prices, it spurred burglary and theft in some areas. In Atlanta, agents bought guns that had been stolen just hours earlier from police cars.

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Facts of the Day – that Al Sharpton supported a woman who falsely accused six white men of raping her. Sharpton accused the prosecutor of being racist and a rapist. After losing a civil defamation suit he refused to pay court ordered damages.

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Facts of the Day –  that Olympus Mons, 3x taller than Mt. Everest, has a slope of only 5 degrees. You’d barely feel like you were on a mountain at the top.

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Facts of the Day –  that the Hippocratic oath starts: “I swear by Apollo the physician, and Aesculapius the surgeon, likewise Hygeia and Panacea…”

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Facts of the Day –  that Thanksgiving as we know it today was started by George Washington, and made a federal holiday by Abraham Lincoln, and later moved to the last Thursday of November by FDR

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Facts of the Day – Scotland is rising and South England is falling, literally, as a result of the land settling after the pressure of Ice Age glaciers melted away

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