Facts of the Day – November 28, 2014

Facts of the Day – In 2006, Mark Zuckerberg turned down a $1 billion deal with Yahoo at the age of 22 saying:”I don’t know what I could do with the money. I’d just start another social networking site. I kind of like the one I already have.”

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Facts of the Day – that in January 1997, the capitol of Ghana rioted over accusations of penis snatching wizards. Several people were killed by mobs who accused them of using magic handshakes to kidnap penises and hold them for ransom.

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Facts of the Day – that Jim Bowie, after being shot and impaled by a sword after a duel, disemboweled a local sheriff, was shot and stabbed again and survived. For this reason, the large knife he used in the fight is called a Bowie Knife.

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Facts of the Day – that, according to Welsh folklore, corgis were ridden by woodland faerie warriors into battle

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Facts of the Day –   That a few days after the Oklahoma City Bombings, a severed left leg was found in the rubble. DNA evidence showed that it from a victim, Lakesha Levy. When they went to return her leg, it was found that she was already buried with one. It is unknown who the buried leg belongs to.

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Facts of the Day – there’s a building project in Berlin, Germany where they want to build a a christian church, a mosque and a synagogue all in one.

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Facts of the Day –  Croissants are Austrian, not French.

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Facts of the Day –   the small cylindrical bulge at the end of laptop charger is an electrical device that helps to isolate the laptop from electromagnetic noise.

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Facts of the Day –   that only one Soviet male was awarded the “Mother Heroine Medal” (reserved for women who bore at least 10 children), because he adopted 12 children.

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Facts of the Day –  that Islam allows abortion given that the pregnancy is a threat to the women’s life, in case of rape of foetal deformity or if the foetus is less than four months old.

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Facts of the Day – Adidas was founded by a former member of the Nazi party, Adolf Dassler, Adi was a nickname and das was the first 3 letters of his last name

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Facts of the Day –   India’s Mars mission is cheaper than a Hollywood movie Gravity

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Facts of the Day –  Brad Pitt once rented a Mexican Resort, had the power and phone lines cut, and bribed the Mexican government to arrest his friend on drug charges as a practical joke

Facts of the Day -The Smithsonian reports that more than likely “Tisquantum” (meaning divine rage) was not the famous Native American’s birth name, but identifying himself as so was like sticking his hand out to the Pilgrims and saying “Hello, I’m the Wrath of God.”

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Facts of the Day –  that the pirate that gets thrown into the Boo Box in Hook was Glenn Close.

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Facts of the Day –  the American government poisoned alcohol during its prohibition causing a number of deaths

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Facts of the Day – Hans Zimmer composed the music for the Spider Pig song in The Simpsons Movie.

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Facts of the Day –  that the CHEKA, during the Red Terror, tortured their victims by boiling their hands until the skin could be pulled off like a glove

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Facts of the Day – they killed off “Susan” on Seinfeld because Jason Alexander felt uncomfortable acting with her.

Facts of the Day – In the wild, parrots can ‘name’ their children using specific patterns of sound.

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Facts of the Day –   it’s possible for twins to be delivered days apart; one mother delivered a set of twins 87 days apart

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Facts of the Day – the US pressured India to make charas (hash) illegal in the 1980’s. The “war on drugs” was international.

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Facts of the Day –   that a small town in England has hosted a mob ‘football’ game annually for over 800 years. There is only one rule: Players are not allowed to kill one another.

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Facts of the Day –  the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade originally featured live animals from the Central Park Zoo, but they occasionally roared and scared children, so they were replaced with balloons.

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Facts of the Day – men reported being “made to penetrate”—either by physical force or due to intoxication—at virtually the same rates as women reported rape (both 1.1 percent in 2010, and 1.7 and 1.6 respectively in 2011).

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Facts of the Day – that Dalmatians are not born with their spots, but instead, are born pure white. Their first spots start to develop about 3 weeks after birth, with additional spots continuing to form throughout their lives.

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Facts of the Day – that some theorize that Jupiter was supposed to be a second star in our solar system, but it failed to ignite. Theorists call it a “Brown Dwarf Star

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Facts of the Day –  there’s a village designed just for people with Dementia in The Netherlands.

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Facts of the Day –  there’s a turkey farmer that only feeds his flock beer because it makes their bellies grow.

Facts of the Day –  hundreds of unwed couples are arrested per year in Florida for living together while unmarried.

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