Saturday, January 30, 2010
Famously secretive inventor Nikola Tesla devised a binary code based on Pig Latin, with which he encrypted some of his most important work.
- Tesla: Master of Lightning
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Friday, January 29, 2010
The pop music duo Hall & Oates originally planned to call themselves "Dreamboat."
- Hall & Oates official website
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Thursday, January 28, 2010
There really was an "Old MacDonald." Tragically, the subject of the childrens' song killed his wife and then himself in a 19th century murder/suicide.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China, is traditionally credited with the invention of sweet pickle relish.
- The tomb of Qin Shi Huang
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Tuesday, January 26, 2010
The U.S. "Duck and Cover" campaign of the 1950s was conceived by a U.C. Berkeley improv group. They submitted the idea to Civil Defense as a prank.
- Civil Defense: Duck and Cover
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Monday, January 25, 2010
Famed frontiersman Daniel Boone never wore a coonskin cap. He did, however, suffer from a medical condition that caused his breasts to lactate.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
"Queen" Latifah can trace her ancestral roots to a real queen - from the 15th century Danish Royal House of Oldenborg.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
The lungs, when removed for transplant, can survive outside the body longer than any other organ.
Friday, January 22, 2010
The can of Pepsi briefly visible in The Empire Strikes Back (during the attack on Hoth) was deliberately planted on set by a disgruntled technician.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
The Alamo was prefabricated at a quarry in San Juan Bautista, then taken apart and carried by wagon train to San Antonio for final assembly.
- The Alamo
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Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Just 48 hours before Charles Lindbergh's historic flight, a rival pilot was caught trying to pour sugar into the fuel tank of Lindbergh's plane.
- The TIME 100: Charles Lindbergh
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Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Only 35 percent of the edible beef produced annually in the United States is ever actually consumed – the rest is discarded as waste.
- National Cattleman's Beef Association
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Monday, January 18, 2010
Jazz/rock virtuoso Frank Zappa died before he could complete what he hoped would be his masterwork – an album recorded entirely underwater.
- The official Frank Zappa site
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Sunday, January 17, 2010
The broken pieces of limestone that once formed the nose of the Great Sphinx are stored in a warehouse in Sicily.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
In 1994, a fungus killed most of the roses in the White House Rose Garden. The garden was dressed with artificial roses until new blooms grew.
- White House gardens
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Friday, January 15, 2010
Hammurabi, king of Babylonia (1792-1750 BC), likely had poor eyesight. He is depicted in ancient murals wearing a primitive version of a monocle.
- The Code of Hammurabi
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Thursday, January 14, 2010
The first gay character in the history of comics was a pink-shelled tortoise named "Georgie." He made a single appearance in a British comic in 1952.
- History of comics
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Wednesday, January 13, 2010
The Atlantic Ocean is slightly saltier than the Pacific Ocean.
- National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
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Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Contrary to popular belief, bagpipes originated in India.
- Bagpipes and supplies
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Monday, January 11, 2010
New York City officials denied a request by Harry Houdini to perform a public stunt that involved a straightjacket, a hand grenade and a hive of bees.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Spike, the dog actor who played Old Yeller in the classic Disney film, was buried at sea.
- Old Yeller
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Saturday, January 09, 2010
A government laboratory in Beijing uses electric eels to predict the time and location of earthquakes. In 2005, its accuracy rate was 89 percent.
Friday, January 08, 2010
To conclude the Statue of Liberty's dedication ceremony, President Grover Cleveland broke a bottle of French absinthe on the statue's toe.
Thursday, January 07, 2010
Pablo Picasso created some of his greatest works while wearing nothing but an apron and his favorite sandals.
- Picasso official site
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Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Salt Lake City International Airport was built on sacred Native American (Shoshone tribe) burial grounds.
- Shoshone Indians
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Tuesday, January 05, 2010
Elected officials in Mexico's Oaxaca state receive one free case of tequila every month for the duration of their terms.
- Guide to Mexico
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Monday, January 04, 2010
Famed Italian explorer Marco Polo never learned to swim.
- Biography of Marco Polo
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Sunday, January 03, 2010
A random sampling of dollar bills from major U.S. cities found that more than 70 percent tested positive for the virus that causes genital warts.
Saturday, January 02, 2010
The game of hopscotch originated as a mockery of the Catholic funeral procession.
- Official Vatican web site
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Friday, January 01, 2010
Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, was also the target of the first federal wiretap.
- Alexander Graham Bell
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