Facts of the Day – November 29, 2014

Facts of the Day – a woman designed a winter coat that homeless people could use to convert into a sleeping bag. While distributing the coats, a homeless woman said, “Your coats don’t matter, jobs matter. We need jobs, not coats.” The designer then went to employ only homeless single parents at her factory.

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Facts of the Day – the first item sold on Ebay was a broken laser pointer for 14.83, to someone who kept a broken laser pointer collection

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Facts of the Day – that research shows you’re more likely to have a creative epiphany when you’re doing something monotonous, like fishing, exercising, or showering.

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Facts of the Day – Monty Python’s Life of Brian was mainly financed by George Harrison after EMI withdrew their funding. Harrison put up the money for it as he “wanted to see the movie” (this was later described by Terry Jones as the “world’s most expensive cinema ticket”).

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Facts of the Day –   a European engineer has created a liquid-filled, sun-tracking, energy-harvesting glass sphere is so powerful that it can not only collect solar rays as well as reflected lunar light. It can magnify this light by a factor of 10,000, turning illumination into heat energy.

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Facts of the Day – In 1971, Hunter S Thompson ran for Sheriff of Aspen. His campaign included replacing the streets with grass, allowing controlled drug sales, and renaming Aspen “Fat City”. His candidacy was so strong that the other two candidates colluded in order to stop him from winning.

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Facts of the Day – That a nomadic tribe lived over 12,000 years ago in Turkey and built massive megaliths over 25-acre area. At that time mankind only knew how to make fire but had not discovered the wheel yet. Excavations are still going on today.

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Facts of the Day –   the fuzzy bit on a boom microphone is actually called a “Dead Cat.”

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Facts of the Day –  TIL that goldfish have teeth in the back of their throat

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Facts of the Day –  Thylacine (aka Tasmanian Tigers), which were hunted to extinction because people believed to them to prey on farmers’ sheep and poultry, had jaws so weak that they couldn’t kill anything larger than a possum.

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Facts of the Day –  the term “3 dog night” refers to a night so cold you needed to sleep with 3 dogs in your bed to keep warm

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Facts of the Day – That Jack Kilby, as a new employee at Texas Instruments, did not have a summer vacation. While the rest of his colleagues took their summer time off, he used his time to invent the integrated circuit

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Facts of the Day – a study showed the brain’s pain receptors activate when we see high prices, but using credit cards instead of cash effectively anesthetizes the pain of paying.

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Facts of the Day –  that there is a company that comes up with brand names, and came up with ‘BlackBerry’, ‘PowerBook’, and ‘Pentium’

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Facts of the Day –  that ounce for ounce, corn flakes cereal has more salt in it than potato chips

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Facts of the Day –  that when Malcolm McDowell met Gene Kelly at a party several years later, the older star turned and walked away in disgust. Kelly was deeply upset about the way his signature from Singin’ in the Rain (1952) had been portrayed in A Clockwork Orange (1971).

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Facts of the Day –  Walt Disney was a high school drop out and he was fired by a newspaper editor because, “he lacked imagination and had no ideas”.

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Facts of the Day –  Smoke on the Water” is a true story — it’s about a Zappa and Mothers of Invention concert where the whole place caught fire and burned down. Deep Purple were there to witness the whole thing.

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Facts of the Day – that the NFL was paid $400 million by Microsoft to use their tablets, but the announcers keep calling them iPads.

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Facts of the Day –  There is a legend in Japan that says Jesus fled across Siberia to Shingō Village, where he lived to 106 years of age.

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Facts of the Day – herpes simplex was not stigmatized until the 1970s, when a drug company marketed their herpes treatment specifically for cold sores. This created the conception of the cold sore as benign, while people with other forms of herpes began to be seen in a negative light.

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Facts of the Day – in the eighties, the recipe for a Smurf themed cereal called Smurfberry Crunch had to be changed after reports from shocked mothers that the cereal’s blue dye turned kids’ poop blue

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Facts of the Day –  Sony created a magnetic tape that can store 185 TB of data in one cartridge, the equivalent of 3,700 dual layer Blu-ray discs.

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Facts of the Day – 1959, the guy who wrote “Louie, Louie” sold the song’s rights for $750 to pay for his wedding. In the mid-80s, he was living on welfare with his mom in South Central LA, when a lawyer convinced him to take action to get the rights back. He settled out of court and became a millionaire.

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