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i-was-today-years-old-when · 37 minutes ago
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i learned that President Nixon, wife Pat, and Henry Kissinger took lessons and practiced for months to learn to use chopsticks properly, in preparation for the dinner banquet on his visit to China in 1972 (x)
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i learned that 110 years ago Dr Charles Campbell constructed 30 feet high bat roost to fight malaria. Bats that lived in the roost ate the mosquitoes and Mitchell's lake municipality was malaria-free in 4 years (x)
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i learned that kamikaze pilots weren't 100% volunteer. Pilots were asked to put their hand up in a big group if they didn't want to volunteer. Amid peer pressure, hardly anyone was able to say no to the mission (x)
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i learned that David Vogel, then-president of production at Disney, was fired from his position for buying the rights to the script for Sixth Sense for $3M, because he bought it without permission (x)
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i learned that the opossum and the possum are not the same animal. The opossum lives in North America and the possum lives in Australia and SE Asia. While they are both marsupials, they belong to different orders. An example of a possum would be the sugar glider, which weighs less than 5 ounces (x)
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i learned that Stalin struggled with depression and summoned renowned Russian psychiatrist Vladimir Bekhterev to examine him. After the examination Bekhterev said only one word - "paranoiac". He died on the very next day from what most believed was poisoning (x)
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i learned that in 1457 golf was banned in Scotland by king James II, because he felt that young men were playing too much golf instead of practicing archery. It remained in banned until 1502, when James IV became a golfer (x)
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i learned that the first child protective services organization in the world was created after the founder of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals realized laws protecting animals from abuse were stronger than laws protecting children (x)
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i learned that Mexico was the only country to protest the annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany. To honor that support, there is a square in Vienna named "Mexikoplatz" (x)
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i learned that the Vatican has its own telescope staffed by priests, and has previously been given awards for the pursuit of scientific research (x)
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i learned of garden hermits, people encouraged to dress as druids and live in caves and grottoes on the estates of rich people effectively as decoration, usually receiving room and board as payment. One such hermit was fired three weeks into a seven year term after being found drinking at a local pub (x)
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i learned that the destruction of Hiroshima was caused by only half a gram of matter being converted to energy: the weight of a butterfly (x)
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i learned that the US Army tradition of naming helicopters after Native American Tribes (something that was once an official regulation) dates to 1947 and General Hamilton Howze who felt that helicopters were meant to attack the flank and fade away...in the tradition of the Plains Indian tribes (x)
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i learned that in August 2014 Women’s Voices for the Earth commissioned testing of four types of Always menstrual pads, manufactured by Procter & Gamble. The certified laboratory STAT Analysis Corporation analyzed the products for volatile organic compound.
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“The results of the testing indicate that both scented and unscented Always pads emit toxic chemicals, including chemicals identified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Toxicology Program, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, and the State of California Environmental Protection Agency as carcinogens, and reproductive and developmental toxins. None of these chemicals are disclosed on the product by the manufacturer.” (x)
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i learned that - despite a central theme of the X-Men comics being the mutants are still human - Marvel successfully won a court case in 2003 to classify the X-Men action figures as ‘non-human toys’ in order to avoid higher tariffs (x)
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i learned that Filipino churches built during Spain's colonial period used millions of egg whites in the concrete to make it more durable. This is also why Filipino desserts often use lots of egg yolks- many were developed to use up all the extra yolks from construction projects (x)
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i learned that there’s very little evidence vitamin C supplements prevent colds, however daily supplementation could reduce the length and severity of the cold (x)
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