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FACT-OF-THE-DAY ARCHIVE
"Our life is what our thoughts make it."
- Marcus Aurelius

AUG 2019


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DATE FACT OF THE DAY
8/1/19      In 1913, the German army and navy prohibited any personnel from dancing the tango.- Provided by FactRetriever.com
8/2/19      Stalin died in March 5, 1953 after he suffered a stroke. He was embalmed and preserved in Lenin's mausoleum in Moscow's Red Square until 1961 when it was removed and buried near the Kremlin as part of the de-Stalinization process.- Provided by FactRetriever.com
8/3/19      Mexico's flag is made up three vertical stripes. The left green stripe stands for hope, the middle white stripe represents purity, and the right red stripe represents the blood of those who died fighting for Mexico's independence. The picture of an eagle eating a snake is based on an Aztec legend.- Provided by FactRetriever.com
8/4/19      New Jersey has the highest rate of autism in the United States, with every 1 in 45 individuals being diagnosed and 1 in 28 boys.- Provided by FactRetriever.com
8/5/19      In A.D. 1281, a hurricane killed 100,000 Mongols who were attacking Japan. The Japanese thanked their storm gods for the kamikaze, which means divine wind from the gods.- Provided by FactRetriever.com
8/6/19      In 1974, a Japanese soldier named Hiroo Onoda (1922- ) came out of the jungle of the Pacific island of Lubang. He had been hiding there for 29 years, unaware that his country had surrendered.- Provided by FactRetriever.com
8/7/19      Several countries rank high as source countries for human trafficking, including Belarus, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Albania, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Romania, China, Thailand, and Nigeria.- Provided by FactRetriever.com
8/8/19      Although Edward Jenner's use of cowpox as a smallpox vaccination was proven to be effective, it was also very controversial. Early opponents of the method claimed that people who received the vaccination would eventually turn into cows.- Provided by FactRetriever.com
8/9/19      If a person had 10 billion $1 notes and spent one every second of the day, it would take 317 years to spend it all.- Provided by FactRetriever.com
8/10/19      When they sleep, sperm whales hang vertically in the water with their noses poking out of the water.- Provided by FactRetriever.com
8/11/19      Approximately 0.4% of current cancers in the U.S. are due to CT scans.- Provided by FactRetriever.com
8/12/19      A cat has 230 bones in its body. A human has 206. A cat has no collarbone, so it can fit through any opening the size of its head.- Provided by FactRetriever.com
8/13/19      Mexicans drink more Coke than any other country in the world. Mexicans drink about 745 Coke beverages per year. Americans drink about 401 Coke products a year. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
8/14/19      Rome has a sovereign state located entirely in its city limits, the Vatican City, which is also the world's smallest state.- Provided by FactRetriever.com
8/15/19      Gelatin, the ingredient that makes Jello jiggle, is derived from collagen, which is often collected from animal skins. The gelatin in desserts, for example, comes from pig skin.- Provided by FactRetriever.com
8/16/19      According to Popular Mechanics, sitting in the tail of an airplane improves chances of accident survival by 40%.- Provided by FactRetriever.com
8/17/19      More men than women die each year in car accidents, most likely because men typically drive more miles than women and are more likely to engage in riskier driving practices.- Provided by FactRetriever.com
8/18/19      The 2008 U.S. financial bailout cost more than the Marshall Plan, Louisiana Purchase, Race to the Moon, S&L bailout, Korean War, New Deal, Iraq War, Vietnam War, and NASA’s lifetime budget-combined. The bailout total was $4.62 trillion.- Provided by FactRetriever.com
8/19/19      Many service members returning from Afghanistan suffer from chronic multisymptom illness (CMI), which was formerly known as Gulf War Syndrome. Symptoms include a cluster of medically unexplained chronic symptoms, such as insomnia, dizziness, respiratory disorders, memory problems, and joint pain.- Provided by FactRetriever.com
8/20/19      Scientists note that because cooking led to a more energy-dense and easy-to-digest diet, it allowed human brains to grow bigger and our guts to shrink. Cooking also allowed humans more time for education and culture rather than foraging and digesting food.- Provided by FactRetriever.com
8/21/19      After the Chernobyl disaster, one nearby forest, now known as the "Red Forest," turned a reddish color and died. However, even 15-20 years after the meltdown, the trees have not decayed.- Provided by FactRetriever.com
8/22/19      Kazakhstan is the world's largest landlocked country but it still has a navy, which is based on the similarly landlocked Caspian Sea.- Provided by FactRetriever.com


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