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

JUN 2016


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6/1/16     The smallest pedigreed cat is a Singapura, which can weigh just 4 lbs (1.8 kg), or about five large cans of cat food. The largest pedigreed cats are Maine Coon cats, which can weigh 25 lbs (11.3 kg), or nearly twice as much as an average cat weighs. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
6/2/16     British physician Sir Richard Morton (1637-1698) is considered to have recorded the earliest medical description of anorexic illness. He reported two cases, one in which the girl was "sad and anxious" and "pored over books." The second case was a boy who was "prone to studying too hard." - Provided by RandomHistory.com
6/3/16     Greek ships make up 70% of the European Union's total merchant fleet. According to Greek law, 75% of a ship's crew must be Greek. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
6/4/16     The birth of Earth's moon is singularly important because it stabilizes Earth's tilt. Without the moon, Earth would still have wild changes in climate and be uninhabitable. The stabilizing tug of the moon tempers Earth, resulting in the minor tip that causes summer and winter seasons. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
6/5/16     Sugar and cocoa are often added to cigarettes, a fact many diabetic smokers are unaware of. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
6/6/16     The oldest cat to give birth was Kitty who, at the age of 30, gave birth to two kittens. During her life, she gave birth to 218 kittens. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
6/7/16     WWI is the sixth deadliest conflict in world history. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
6/8/16     In approximately 54% of human trafficking cases, the recruiter is a stranger, and in 46% of the cases, the recruiters know the victim. Fifty-two percent of human trafficking recruiters are men, 42% are women, and 6% are both men and women. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
6/9/16     Several studies show that a plant-based diet increases the body's metabolism, causing the body to burn calories up to 16% faster than the body would on a meat-based diet for at least the first 3 hours after meals. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
6/10/16     All or part of Shakespeare's 300 original First Folios still survive. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
6/11/16     While the ostrich lays the largest eggs on land, the whale shark lays the largest eggs in the world. An egg from a whale shark measuring 14 inches in diameter was found in the Gulf of Mexico in 1953. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
6/12/16     Retailers rely on several psychological triggers to attract consumers into their store, such as placing limits on items, offering 'gifts' with purchase, employing visual tricks, and declaring that sales are ending soon (when in fact discounts are common throughout the season). - Provided by RandomHistory.com
6/13/16     The term "smoking" wasn't established until the late seventeenth century. Before then, it was often referred to as "Dry Drunkenness." - Provided by RandomHistory.com
6/14/16     Jellyfish kill more people than sharks do each year. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
6/15/16     The moon's diameter is 2,159 miles (3,475 km), roughly four times smaller than Earth's, which is 7,926 miles (12,756 km). - Provided by RandomHistory.com
6/16/16     The wishbone (or "merrythought" bone) is a bird's fused collarbone. The strongest fliers have the widest angles in their wishbones. They are the only vertebrate animals to have a fused collarbone. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
6/17/16     Bat dropping is called guano and is an important fertilizer in many tropical regions because of its high levels of phosphorus and nitrogen. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
6/18/16     Every day, the heart creates enough energy to drive a truck 20 miles. In a lifetime, that is equivalent to driving to the moon and back. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
6/19/16     The average projected lifespan of those born in Hawaii in the year 2000 is 79.8 years (77.1 years if male; 82.5 if female), longer than the residents of any other state. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
6/20/16     Birth order can influence whether a marriage succeeds or fails. The most successful marriages are those where the oldest sister of brothers marries the youngest brother of sisters. Two firstborns, however, tend to be more aggressive and can create higher levels of tension. The highest divorce rates are when an only child marries another only child. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
6/21/16     Due to anti-German sentiment during WWI, an alternative name for a hamburger (which was derived from the Hamburg steak sandwiches eaten on immigrant ships between Hamburg, Germany, and America in the 1800s) was "salisbury steak." It was named after Dr. Salisbury who prescribed ground beef for patients suffering from anemia, asthma, and other illnesses. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
6/22/16     Heart disease, diabetes, and obesity all have been linked to chronic sleep loss. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
6/23/16     Scientists think that animals may sense weak tremors before a quake. Other scientists think that animals may sense electrical signals set off by the shifting of underground rocks. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
6/24/16     Children living with a single parent or a parent living with an unmarried partner are most at risk for child maltreatment, which is over eight times the rate of children living with married biological parents. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
6/25/16     Many scientists believe that all the water on the earth was originally vented into the atmosphere by volcanoes. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
6/26/16     In 500 million years, the moon will be 14,600 miles farther away than it is right now. When it is that far, total eclipses will not take place. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
6/27/16     At least 270 electoral votes are required for a candidate to be declared president. If this number is not reached in the Electoral College, the House of Representatives elects the president. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
6/28/16     A North Dakotan highway sculpture named "Geese in Flight" holds the Guinness World Record as the largest metal sculpture in the world. Erected in 2001, it is 156 feet long, 100 feet tall, and weighs 75 tons. Retired schoolteacher Gary Greff, who wanted to break up the tedium on the highway, constructed it. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
6/29/16     The NSF estimates that a human brain produces as many as 12,000 to 50,000 thoughts per day, depending on how deep a thinker a person is. Most of the so-called random daily thoughts are about our social environment and ourselves. - Provided by RandomHistory.com


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