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- Marcus Aurelius

JUL 2012

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7/1/12     Ancient doctors would test for diabetes by tasting the urine of a suspected sufferer of diabetes. Sweet urine is high in glucose, suggesting the presence of diabetes. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
7/2/12     Since wine tasting is essentially wine smelling, women tend to be better wine testers because women, particularly of reproductive ages, have a better sense of smell than men. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
7/3/12     Approximately 1.2 million cases of breast cancer are diagnosed around the world each year. About 75% are found in women over age 50. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
7/4/12     The nation's estimated population on this July Fourth is 313.9 million. - Provided by U.S. Census Population Clock
7/5/12     The state of Wyoming is the deadliest state for drinking and driving, with just over 13 drunk-driving fatalities for every 100,000 people occurring each year. New York experiences the least amount of drunk-driving fatalities, with only 2.06 per 100,000 residents. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
7/6/12     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
7/7/12     Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung) is a cycle of four operas (Das Rheingold, Die Walkure, Siegried, and Gootterdammurung). When performed in a series as a whole rather than individually, the The Ring becomes the world's longest opera at over 14 hours. Written over 30 years, it is based loosely on a Norse legend of the Nibelungenlied and has many parallels with Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
7/8/12     An adult skeleton has 213 bones. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
7/9/12     Cats don't have sweat glands over their bodies like humans do. Instead, they sweat only through their paws. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
7/10/12     An estimated 16 million Americans have pre-diabetes, and many of them are unaware of their condition. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
7/11/12     Stress can increase the ability of chemicals to pass the blood-brain barrier, which shields neurons from some poisons, viruses, toxins, and other fluctuations in normal blood chemistry. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
7/12/12     One ton of grapes makes about 60 cases of wine, or 720 bottles. One bottle of wine contains about 2.8 pounds of grapes. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
7/13/12     In 2006, soda companies spent an estimated $492 million in advertising. In contrast, the Milk Processor Education Program, which sponsors the 'Got Milk' ads, spent about $67 million. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
7/14/12     Drinking fresh milk in the classical world was considered a luxury because milk was so difficult to preserve. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
7/15/12     Paraguay is believed to be the world's largest producer of marijuana. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
7/16/12     Every 11 years, solar activity surges. The sunspots that pepper the sun explode, hurtling massive clouds of gas known as "CMEs" through the solar system. This is called "solar maximum." - Provided by RandomHistory.com
7/17/12     While both boys' and girls' voices will change during puberty, the change in a boy's voice is dramatic, sometimes dropping a whole octave in tone. Males in other species develop a deeper voice to attract females and intimidate other males, and scientists believe the change in the male human voice evolved for the same reasons. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
7/18/12     Eggs contain the highest quality food protein known. All parts of an egg are edible, including the shell which has a high calcium content. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
7/19/12     Bones were one of the most recycled items before the twentieth century. Bones were often used for making buttons and gelatin, which was used in food processing, photography, and glue and paper making. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
7/20/12     When it comes time to give birth, the female shark loses her appetite so she won't be tempted to eat her own pups. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
7/21/12     A JAMA study reports that women who had taken between one and 25 antibiotic prescriptions over an average of 17 years had an increased risk for breast cancer. The results do not mean women should stop taking antibiotics but that these medicines should be used wisely. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
7/22/12     Stress associated with divorce affects the body's immune system and its ability to fend off the disease. The health benefits of remarriage are reduced the second and third times around. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
7/23/12     African-Americans and Hispanics have a much higher rate of Type 2 diabetes than whites. There are 74 cases per 1,000 for African-Americans, 61 cases for Hispanics, and 36 cases for whites. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
7/24/12     President Thomas Jefferson was convinced that if he soaked his feet in a bucket of cold water every day, he'd never get a cold. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
7/25/12     Scientists suggest that most people will fall in love approximately seven times before marriage. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
7/26/12     Samuel Mudd, the doctor who treated the broken ankle of Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth and whose name led to the saying "Your name is mud," received a presidential pardon in 1869 from Ulysses S. Grant. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
7/27/12     The first law in the American colonies regarding marijuana was a 1619 law that actually required farmers to grow the hemp plant. Once harvested, hemp was useful for clothing, sails, and rope. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
7/28/12     The oldest piece of paper in the world was found in China and dates back to the second or first century B.C. Paper was so durable, it was sometimes used for clothing and even light body armor. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
7/29/12     The first general election presidential debate was held on September 26, 1960, between John F. Kennedy, candidate for the Democratic Party, and Richard Nixon, nominee for the Republicans. Prior to this election, presidential candidates occasionally debated, but not in an official manner--and not on T.V. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
7/30/12     According to a 2008 report, the average life expectancy in the world as a whole is 66.26 years. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
7/31/12     There are currently a total of 538 electors in the Electoral College. Each state receives a number of electors equal to the number of its Senators and Representatives in Congress. Washington, D.C., is also given three electors, the number given to the least populous states. - Provided by RandomHistory.com

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