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Did you know...Edit
31 August 2004Edit
- ...that past Olympic mascots include several bears named Misha, Coal, Howdy and Hidy, and dogs Cobi and Waldi ?
- ...that pineconefish have no apparent sexual dimorphism?
- ...that Commodore Horatio Bridge was the first officer to employ the idea of comprehensive fleet supply within the United States Navy?
- ...there are large stands of primeval forest on the border between Poland and Belarus?
- ...that the Monty Python song "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" is a parody of the type of song featured in Disney films?
- ...that the AVE Mizar was a flying car created by attaching part of a Cessna Skymaster to a Ford Pinto?
30 August 2004Edit
- ...that the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia pioneered the use of incubators for newborn intensive care?
- ...that the main sounds made by Lichtenstein's Hartebeest are a bellow and a sneeze-snort?
29 August 2004Edit
- ...that the Wicked Witch of the West controls the Winged Monkeys through the power of the Golden Cap?
- ...that some Native Americans called the Douglas Squirrel the "Pillillooeet"?
- ...that The Brighter Day is the only explicitly religious soap opera ever to air on American network television?
27 August 2004Edit
- ...that the Seattle Fault is believed capable of producing an earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale?
26 August 2004Edit
- ...that the Supreme Court of Sweden ceased to render verdicts in the name of the Swedish monarch in 1974?
- ...that You Bet Your Life was a radio and television quiz show hosted by Groucho Marx?
- ...that rubbing the statue of Victor Noir in Père Lachaise Cemetery supposedly "enhances fertility"?
24 August 2004Edit
- ...that Dutch bus-building firm Den Oudsten was founded in 1926 and went out of business in 2002?
- ...that the 16-year part of Donna Beck on the American soap opera All My Children, played by Candice Earley, was originally meant to be just a short-term role?
20 August 2004Edit
- ...that silent movie actress Florence Turner was originally known to audiences only as the Vitagraph Girl?
- ...that one cause of the 21 years of military dictatorship in Brazil was the support of president João Goulart for a mariner rebellion, led by a disguised CIA agent, Cabo Anselmo?
- ...that the Battle of the Bismarck Sea was a devastating Japanese defeat during World War II?
- ...that bicycle helmets are not designed to be re-used after a major accident?
19 August 2004Edit
- ...that in England and Wales, most common land is actually privately owned?
- ...that the Calayan Rail flightless bird is a significant recent species discovery, announced on 16 August 2004?
- ...the anarchy symbol can be seen as an embodiment of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon's seemingly paradoxical maxim, "anarchy is order"?
17 August 2004Edit
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15 August 2004Edit
- ...that Democrats Abroad began with two small committees in London and Paris in 1965, and has grown to be a large international organization?
- ...that the average lifespan of a feral cat who survives kittenhood is two years, compared to 16 years for house cats?
- ...that the Osmond family, known for their musicality, have two siblings who were born deaf?
- ...that infant teeth emerge in pairs?
12 August 2004Edit
- ...that the Diploma in Computer Science at the University of Cambridge has only a fail, pass and pass with distinction?
- ...that wheelbase dimensions are crucial to automobile steering and balance?
- ...that the Serendib Scops Owl is Sri Lanka's most recently discovered bird?
- ...that aboriginal whaling rights are granted to native populations in Greenland, Canada, the United States, Russia and several Caribbean island communities?
- ...that a pit stop in Formula One autosport involves about 20 mechanics?
11 August 2004Edit
- ...that soap opera actress Catherine Hickland starred in the Broadway production of Les Misérables as Fantine?
- ...that the Alpine Ibex of Gran Paradiso were first protected in 1816?
- ...that an amateur airplane pilot's spatial disorientation during flight can lead to an irreversible graveyard spiral?
- ...that the ear's hair cells encode the information from the fluid waves of the cochlea for use by the auditory nerve?
- ...that blackwater fever causes red blood cells to burst, leaking hemoglobin into the plasma?
10 August 2004Edit
- ...that 43 nations currently participate in the Kimberley Process for keeping conflict diamonds from reaching market?
- ...that the Turkish military coup of 1971 is known as the Coup by Memorandum?
- ...that Pickles is George W. Bush's nickname for his wife?
- ...that the golden age of arcade games began with the release of Space Invaders in 1978?
- ...that seeds of the Hawaiian baby woodrose contain chemicals with effects similar to LSD?
- ...that Brownie Wise invented the Tupperware party?
- ...that Michael Faraday did the first modern research into the nature of colloidal gold?
- ...that the British Royal Family announced the deaths of Katherine Bowes-Lyon and Nerissa Bowes-Lyon, the Queen Mother's nieces, when they were, in fact, merely under psychiatric care?
9 August 2004Edit
- ...that actress Patsy Kensit has married and divorced three different musicians?
- ...that the 364-metre pier in Withernsea, England was struck by ships four times, finally leaving it only 15 metres long?
- ...that most of the Strigolniki were drowned in the Volkhov river in 1376 as a result of pressure from the Russian Orthodox Church?
- ...that the Norwegian heavy water sabotage was a key part of Allied efforts to prevent Nazi Germany from developing nuclear weapons?
6 August 2004Edit
- ...that the Canadian constitutional crisis known as the King-Byng Affair led to the Statute of Westminster 1931, which affected all the Dominions in the British Empire?
- ...that a self number is an integer that cannot be generated by any other integer added up to its digits?
- ...that the primary Polish Scouting organization is Zwiazek Harcerstwa Polskiego?
- ...that the famed message "England expects that every man will do his duty" is misquoted on Nelson's Column in London?
- ...that Santa Maria sopra Minerva is the only Gothic church in Rome and holds the body of Saint Catherine of Siena, but not her head?
- ...that Englog is English mixed with Tagalog words, while Taglish is Tagalog mixed with English words?
- ...that Pennsylvania Hospital, cofounded by Benjamin Franklin, was the first hospital in the United States?
5 August 2004Edit
- ...that Wingy Manone's "Tar Paper Stomp" was used as the basis for Glenn Miller's "In the Mood"?
- ...that the source of the Naga fireballs of the Mekong river is a topic of much debate in Thailand?
- ...that the Gospel of Philip was one of the many Gnostic writings found in 1946 in the Egyptian village of Nag Hammâdi?
- ...that the 1702 Spanish treasure fleet was destroyed in the Battle of Vigo Bay?
- ...that Germans consume up to 300 tonnes of Döner kebab each day?
- ...that non-standard poker hands in five-card draw are determined by house rules and may have colorful names like Little Bobtail and Round the Corner Straight?
- ...that the sterile insect technique has been successfully used to fight malaria?
- ...that the Nova Scotia Duck-Tolling Retriever attracts waterfowl by making a fool of itself?
4 August 2004Edit
- ...that the Canis Minor Dwarf Galaxy is our nearest galactic neighbor?
- ...that the Melisende Psalter, produced in the 12th century, is the most notable example of Crusader art?
- ...that Indiana's Eel River once served as informal boundary between the lands of the Potawatomi people in the north and Miami people in the south?
- ...that in 1960 the American Ballet Theatre became the first American ballet company to dance in the Soviet Union?
- ...that Germans consume up to 300 metric tons of döner kebab each day?
- ...that the Milky Way's galactic halo contains many globular clusters?
- ...that the Thor, Baldur and Vidar are the best-known sons of Odin but that Snorri Sturluson names at least five others?
3 August 2004Edit
- ...that during the Great Depression confidence man Oscar Hartzell defrauded thousands of people with false promises of access to the estate of Sir Francis Drake?
- ...that more than 50 members of the Japanese Diet were involved in the Recruit Scandal of the 1980s?
- ...that holy cards are an important devotional practice for many Roman Catholics?
- ...that the Death's Head moth is named for the mark on its back, which resembles a human skull?
- ...that St. George, Bermuda was founded by sailors headed for Plymouth Colony in Virginia?
- ...that chalcocite, a profitable and desirable kind of copper ore, was particularly plentiful in the now-depleted copper mines of Cornwall, England and Bristol, Connecticut?
2 August 2004Edit
- ...that the Cementerio General de Chile is the final resting place for Chilean presidents?
- ...that the casque of the Tarictic Hornbill is hollow and made of keratin?
- ...that Colin Pitchfork was the first person to be convicted using DNA fingerprinting?
- ...that members of the Coeur d'Alene nation refer to themselves in their own language as Schitsu'umsh?