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

MAR 2015


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3/1/15     Modern plastic surgeons are exploring the potential of cloning technology as a method of body rejuvenation and are looking into the secrets of the growth within the womb where scarless growth and healing take place. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
3/2/15     In the United States, one in 98 boys are diagnosed with autism, and 24,000 people are diagnosed with autism for the first time every year. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
3/3/15     In Asia in the early 1990s, bear gallbladders would sell from $1 to $210 a gram. A gallbladder of an Asiatic black bear killed in South Korea sold at a public auction for $64,000. On a price-per-gram basis, bear gallbladders often cost more than gold. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
3/4/15     Capuchins are skilled tool users. They smash nuts with rocks, insert branches into crevices to capture food, remove spines and hairs from caterpillars by rubbing them against a branch, protect their hands with leaves, and use large branches to club snakes. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
3/5/15     Red hair doesn't gray as much as other hair colors. Red hair initially tends to turn blond and then white. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
3/6/15     Because they viewed Christmas as a decadent Catholic holiday, the Puritans in America banned all Christmas celebrations from 1659-1681 with a penalty of five shillings for each offense. Some Puritan leaders condemned those who favored Christmas as enemies of the Christian religion. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
3/7/15     Love is not necessarily a guarantee that a marriage will last. Other factors include a couple's age (a husband who is 9 or more years older than his wife or who marries before the age of 24 is more likely to divorce), those who are in their 2nd or 3rd marriage, those who had a child before marriage, and finances. Not pertinent to success of marriage are the number of children or their ages, the wife's employment status, and the number of years a wife has been employed. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
3/8/15     Many plastic surgeries in the early Renaissance were performed in barber shops. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
3/9/15     On September 27, 2008, Zhai Zhigang made the first spacewalk by a Chinese astronaut. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
3/10/15     Advertising Age selected the McDonald's slogan "You Deserve a Break Today" as the best advertising campaign of the twentieth century. Other notable slogans were Burger King's "Burger King, Home of the Whopper" and Wendy's "Where's the Beef?" - Provided by RandomHistory.com
3/11/15     Lips are 100 times more sensitive than the tips of the fingers - Provided by RandomHistory.com
3/12/15     Approximately 1-2% of humans, or about two in 100 people in the world, have red hair. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
3/13/15     A "watt" is a unit of power that measures the rate of producing or using energy. The term was named after Scottish engineer James Watt (1736-1819), who developed an improved steam engine. Watt measured his engine's performance in horsepower. One horsepower equaled 746 watts. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
3/14/15     In 1820, the status of the fetus began to find its way into state statutes, and between 1821 and 1841, both legislators and physicians sought to control medical practice and create stricter poison control laws. The first state to prohibit abortion was Connecticut in 1821. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
3/15/15     To defend the Great Wall, the Chinese would use sophisticated weapons such as axes, sledge hammers, lances, crossbows, halberds, and a Chinese invention: gunpowder. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
3/16/15     The U.S. government borrows approximately $5 billion every business day. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
3/17/15     Very few Haitians own cars: fewer than 5 out of 1,000. There is no railroad in Haiti. In the cities, people often take communal taxis and colorful public buses called "taptaps." - Provided by RandomHistory.com
3/18/15     The term "Ancient Greece" usually refers to the time between Homer (c. 750 B.C.) and the Roman conquest of Ptolemaic Egypt (Antony and Cleopatra, 30 B.C.). - Provided by RandomHistory.com
3/19/15     The deserts of Tunisia housed the original Star Wars movie sets for the film's planet Tatooine. More than 30 years after the premier of the first movie in the series, the sets are still very well preserved and visitors to Tunisia can even stay in Luke Skywalker's home. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
3/20/15     The oil from the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill polluted about 1,300 miles (2,092 km) of coastline near Alaska. The spilled oil killed as many as 500,000 seabirds and other animals. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
3/21/15     Plant life began on the Earth's landforms about 430 millions years ago. The first plants were likely single-celled organisms distantly related to algae. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
3/22/15     The killer whale, or orca, is the fastest of all the whale species and among the swiftest of all marine animals with a capable swimming speed of 35 miles per hour. Only tuna, marlin, sailfish, and swordfish are faster. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
3/23/15     For ancient Egyptians, bread was the most important food and beer was their favorite drink. Models of brewers were even left in tombs to ensure that the deceased had plenty of beer in the next world. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
3/24/15     Edvard Munch's famous painting The Scream is thought to show a volcanic sunset caused by the massive eruption of Krakatau in Indonesia in 1883. The blood-red sunset could be seen as far away as Norway, where Munch lived. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
3/25/15     New ocean floor is created when two oceanic plates move apart and magma bubbles up to fill the rift. This is called a rift volcano. Through this process, the Atlantic Ocean is widening by 2 cm. per year, and the East Pacific Rise is widening by 20 cm. a year. In 10 million years, the East Pacific Rise will be 1,240 miles wider. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
3/26/15     It is traditional to first serve lighter wines and then move to heavier wines throughout a meal. Additionally, white wine should be served before red, younger wine before older, and dry wine before sweet. - Provided by RandomHistory.com
3/27/15     According to one study, trace amounts of cocaine can be found on four out of every five dollar bills in circulation. However, because cocaine is a fine powder and is easily spread around, presence of the drug does not necessarily mean the bill was used as a snorting straw. - Provided by RandomHistory.com


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