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"Our life is what our thoughts make it."
- Marcus Aurelius

JAN 2018

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1/1/18     President James Garfield could write Latin with one hand and Greek with the other hand simultaneously. - Provided by
1/2/18     Seventy-five percent of all gold in circulation has been extracted since 1910. - Provided by
1/3/18     In early 1987, Ross Perot invested $20 million in the computer platform NeXT, developed by Steve Jobs. However, he resigned from the company's board of directors and sold most of his shares before Apple bought NeXT and Steve Jobs returned to his company. - Provided by
1/4/18     A massive 8.8 earthquake in Chile moved the city of Concepcion 10 feet to the west on February 27, 2010. This quake also shortened Earth's day and slightly changed the rotation of the planet. - Provided by
1/5/18     In the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" located in the Pacific Ocean, for every 2.2 pounds of plankton, there is 13.2 pounds of garbage, including cigarette buts, cans, plastic bags, bottles, Styrofoam, toothbrush, balloons, and more. - Provided by
1/6/18     Hurricanes have killed approximately 1.9 million people worldwide over the past 200 years. - Provided by
1/7/18     Winter cold kills more than twice as many Americans as summer heat does. - Provided by
1/8/18     Thalassophobia is the name for intense fear of the sea or, more generally, the fear of deep, dark water. - Provided by
1/9/18     Many charter schools have far higher expulsion rates than traditional public schools. - Provided by
1/10/18     The sound of crunching adds to the pleasure of eating chips. Snackers who eat chips with headphones on report becoming bored with chips more quickly. - Provided by
1/11/18     Like fingerprints, each human tongue has its own unique print. - Provided by
1/12/18     In ancient Egyptian mummification, onions were sometimes used to fill body cavities, often serving as false eyes. - Provided by
1/13/18     Crossing one's finger is a way of making the Sign of the Cross. It began as a way to ask God for protection without attracting the attention of pagans. - Provided by
1/14/18     Just three days after dying, the enzymes that help break down a personís food begin to eat that personís body. - Provided by
1/15/18     In 1936, the German government paid about US$25 million, raised through taxes, to stage the Olympics in Berlin. In 1972, when the Olympics were held in Munich, it cost almost 70 times that amount. - Provided by
1/16/18     "Buddha" is not a personal name. It is an honorific title that means "awakened one." Buddha's real name was Siddhartha Gautama. - Provided by
1/17/18     Children who are vaccinated according to the recommended schedule will receive around 26 shots within their first two years, providing immunity to 14 different diseases. - Provided by
1/18/18     The United Nations passed the "Convention on the Law of the Sea" in 1994 and is now the recognized governing body in all legal matters concerning the world's oceans. - Provided by
1/19/18     The spring months of March, April, and May have consistently shown to have the highest suicide rate, 4-6% higher than the average for the rest of the year. Christmas season is actually below average. Some studies suggest greater seasonality in suicides in rural rather than urban areas. - Provided by
1/20/18     Half of all children are bullied at some time during their school years. More than 10% are bullied regularly. - Provided by
1/21/18     In 2007, a US Marine serving in Iraq nursed a dog named Nubs back to health after it had been stabbed by a screwdriver. The two developed such a strong bond that when the Marine's unit left, the dog followed him 70 miles through an Iraqi desert warzone to find him. - Provided by
1/22/18     The Civil War was the bloodiest war ever fought on American soil. During an average day during the war, approximately 600 people were killed. By the end of the war, over 618,000 people had died. This is more Americans than WWI, WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War combined. - Provided by
1/23/18     The biggest ocean oil spill in history occurred in 1991, during the Gulf War. Iraqi soldiers retreating from Kuwait opened oil wells and pipelines in an attempt to slow U.S. troops; 240 million gallons of oil spilled into the Persian Gulf, creating a slick roughly the size of Hawaii. - Provided by
1/25/18     Former FBI Special Agent Robert K. Ressler (1937-2013) is the man credited with coining the term "serial killer" in 1971. - Provided by
1/26/18     Although human trafficking is often a hidden crime and accurate statistics are difficult to obtain, researchers estimate that more than 80% of trafficking victims are female. Over 50% of human trafficking victims are children. - Provided by
1/27/18     Every 40 seconds, a child goes missing in the U.S. - Provided by
1/28/18     Like fingerprints, each human tongue has its own unique print. - Provided by
1/29/18     The Japanese eat more fish than any other people in the world, about 17 million tons per year. Japan is the world's largest importer of seafood, with shrimp comprising about one third of the total, about four million tons a year. More than 20% of Japanese protein is obtained through fish and fish products. - Provided by
1/30/18     There is a theory that Mongolian horseman may have invented ice cream, when they took cream in containers made from animal intestines as provisions on long journeys across the Gobi desert in winter. As they galloped, the cream was vigorously shaken, while the sub-zero temperature caused it to freeze. The expansion of the Mongol Empire spread ice cream through China, from where Marco Polo reputedly brought the idea to Italy when he returned from his travels in 1295. - Provided by
1/31/18     There have been five presidential elections in which the winner of the popular vote did not win the presidency. - Provided by

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