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FEB 2013

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2/1/13     Stress can result in more headaches as a result of the body rerouting blood flow to other parts of the body. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
2/2/13     Approximately 10-15% of anorexics or bulimics are male. White males are the least likely to try to control their weight; Latino males are the most likely. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
2/3/13     Refrigerators in the U.S. consume about the same energy as 25 large power plants each year. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
2/4/13     While awake, a human brain can generate enough energy to power a light bulb (between 10-23 watts). - Provided by RandomHistory.com
2/5/13     During 2007, more than 2.5 million people worldwide became infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. With these new cases, there are now 33 million people living with AIDS throughout the world. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
2/6/13     An estimated 30,000 victims of sex trafficking die each year from abuse, disease, torture, and neglect. Eighty percent of those sold into sexual slavery are under 24, and some are as young as six years old. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
2/7/13     The Iraqi desert is home to many types of scorpions. Some can grow up to 8" long. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
2/8/13     The human brain consists of approximately 100 billion neurons (which is as many cells as there are stars in the Milky Way). Each neuron has somewhere between 1,000 and 10,000 synapses, equaling about 1 quadrillion synapses. If all the neurons in the human brain were lined up, they would stretch 600 miles. As a comparison, an octopus has 300,000 neurons, a honeybee has 950,000, and a jellyfish has no brain at all. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
2/9/13     The pursuit to become more attractive is a $160 billion-a-year global industry that includes weight-loss programs, cosmetics, skin and hair care, perfumes, cosmetic surgery, health clubs, and hormone injections. Americans spend more money per year on beauty enhancements than they do on education. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
2/10/13     The Earth is 81 times heavier than the moon. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
2/11/13     Prior to the 1900s, male nurses were far more common than female nurses in nearly every country in the world. In current times, men now make up only 5.4% of registered nurses in the U.S. and only 13% of new nursing students in the now-female-dominated field. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
2/12/13     It is still a hanging offense in Texas to steal cattle or to put graffiti on someone else's cow. It is also illegal to indecently expose or swear in front of a corpse in Texas. In Galveston, Texas, it is illegal to have a camel run loose on the beach. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
2/13/13     A cat can't climb head first down a tree because every claw on a cat's paw points the same way. To get down from a tree, a cat must back down. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
2/14/13     In 2010, 25% of adults bought flowers or plants as a Valentine's gift. Of these, 60% were men and 40% were women. Men mainly bought flowers for romantic reasons, while women bought flowers for their mothers and friends as well as their sweethearts. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
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2/15/13     According to U.S. intelligence, North Korea could shoot a missile capable of striking Alaska, Hawaii, and the American West Coast. North Korea has an estimated 5,000 pounds of biological and chemical weapons. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
2/16/13     Lung, prostate, and stomach cancers are the most commonly diagnosed cancers in men. Breast, cervix, and colorectal cancers are the most commonly diagnosed cancers in women. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
2/17/13     Saturn's largest moon, Titan, is the only known moon to have a substantial atmosphere, which is 370 miles deep, 10 times thicker than Earth's atmosphere. Conditions on Titan may resemble ancient Earth conditions, though at a much lower temperature. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
2/18/13     Random History.com: 99 Interesting Facts about the U.S. Presidents.
2/19/13     The greatest single loss of life in the history of the British army occurred during the Battle of Somme, when the British suffered 60,000 casualties in one day. More British men were killed in that one WWI battle than the U.S. lost from all of its armed forces and the National Guard combined. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
2/20/13     The worst place to store wine is usually in the kitchen because it is typically too warm to store wine safely. Refrigerators are not satisfactory for storing wine either. Even at their warmest setting, they're too cold. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
2/21/13     Approximately 71 million pounds of chocolate candy is sold during the week leading up to Easter. Only 48 million pounds of chocolate is sold during Valentine's week. In contrast, over 90 million pounds of chocolate candy is sold in the last week of October leading up to Halloween. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
2/22/13     The Chinese were using the decimal system as early as the fourteenth century B.C., nearly 2,300 years before the first known use of the system in European mathematics. The Chinese were also the first to use a place for zero. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
2/23/13     When children have both asthma and depression, their asthma typically is worse than that of asthmatic children who are not depressed. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
2/24/13     Mothers who have autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and celiac disease have up to three times a greater risk for having a child with autism. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
2/25/13     Hurricane names are chosen from a list selected by the World Meteorological Organization. There are six separate lists for Atlantic hurricanes, with one list used each year. Each list is repeated every 7th year. However, officials retire names of hurricanes that have caused a great deal of damage or death. Retired names include Andrew, Camille, Bob, Fran, Katrina, and Hugo. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
2/26/13     Many Indian wives will never say their husband's name aloud, as it is a sign of disrespect. When addressing him, the wife will use several indirect references, such as "ji" or "look here" or "hello," or even refer to him as the father of her child. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
2/27/13     In ancient Greece, people believed that the god of the sea, Poseidon, caused earthquakes. When he was angry, Poseidon would strike the ground with his trident and set off an earthquake. His unpredictable, violent behavior earned him the nickname "Earth-Shaker." - Provided by RandomHistory.com
2/28/13     The oldest known map of the moon, about 5,000 years old, was found carved into a rock in a prehistoric tomb at Knowth, County Meath, in Ireland. Before this was discovered, the oldest known lunar map was by Leonardo da Vinci, which was created around 1505. - Provided by RandomHistory.com

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