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

JAN 2020


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1/1/20      The Southern Hemisphere typically has milder winters than the Northern Hemisphere. This is because the Southern Hemisphere has less land and a more maritime climate. Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/2/20      The first dollar bill did not depict George Washington. Rather, it showed a portrait of Salmon P. Chase, the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury in 1862. Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/3/20      The Incas, native to Peru, were the first to grow potatoes. They began cultivating them in 5000 BC. Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/4/20      Chionophobia is the persistent fear of snow, especially becoming trapped by snow. The term is derived from the Greek words chion and phobos, meaning “snow” and “fear,” respectively. Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/5/20      Even today, the Kwakiutl Indians of British Columbia change their names and take on the names of their ancestors at the beginning of winter. They believe this will protect them from the spirits of the dead who return at this time of year. Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/6/20      The Romans sent slaves up into the mountains to collect snow that they flavored with fruits and juices to create their version of ice cream. Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/7/20      Genetic studies show us that ALS is probably not a single disease but a combination of several related diseases with a similar end result. Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/8/20      The imperial family of Japan descends from an unbroken lineage of nearly 2,000 years. No other royal family in history has held its position for so long. The first Japanese emperor, Jimmu Tennō, ruled about the time of Christ. Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/9/20      While the list of famous teachers is long, notable educators include Socrates (470 BC-399 BC), Anne Sullivan (1866–1936), Booker T. Washington (1856–1915), Maria Montessori (1870–1952), and John Dewey (1859–1952). Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/10/20      A pangram is a sentence that contains every letter in the language. For example, "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog." Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/11/20      Thomas Jefferson and John Adams once traveled to Stratford-upon-Avon to visit Shakespeare’s birthplace. While there, they took a knife to one of Shakespeare’s chairs so they could take home some wood chips as souvenirs. Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/12/20      A tornado hit the town of Codell, Kansas, on the same date, three years in a row: May 20, 1916; May 20, 1917; May 20, 1918. Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/13/20      The first sharks lived more than 400 million years ago—200 million years before the first dinosaurs. They have changed very little over the eons. Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/14/20      Celiac disease is a genetic autoimmune disease that damages the villi of the small intestine and interferes with the absorption of nutrients from food. Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/15/20      To boost alertness after a power nap (a 20-minute Stage 2 nap), sleep researchers suggest drinking caffeine before a nap. Caffeine requires 20–30 minutes to take effect, so it will kick in just as you’re waking. Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/16/20      Roman Augustus Caesar held the first recorded lottery that offered tickets for sale. He used the funds to repair the city. Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/17/20      In case of an emergency, crushed animal bones can be used to clean water that has been contimaniated with uranium and arsenic. Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/18/20      Harding was obsessed with poker and once bet an entire set of priceless White House China and lost it. Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/19/20      The bats that feed on frogs can tell the difference between safe and poisonous frogs by listening to the male frog’s call. Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/20/20      About 50 million years ago, whales walked on land and were about the size of a wolf. Provided by FactRetriever.com


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