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

APR 2018


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DATE FACT OF THE DAY
4/1/18      The first spring flowers are typically lilacs, irises, lilies, tulips, daffodils, and dandelions. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/2/18      Holidays that occur in spring include Easter, Passover, April Fool's Day, Earth Day, Arbor Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Cinco De Mayo, and Holi (festival of colors in India). - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/3/18      In the late 1800s, peddlers acted as early recyclers. They would carry sacks of reusable items in their wagons to sell to general stores. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/4/18      The concept of a hate crime emerged in the late 1970s in the United States. Hate crime legislation became a widespread phenomenon in the 1980s, when various state lawmakers began classifying racially motivated crimes as a distinct form of crime. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/5/18      According to the FBI, more than 70% of serial killers experienced problems related to substance abuse. While only a few serial killers were actually addicted to alcohol and substances, many of them encountered them in their youth. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/6/18      Every 40 seconds, a child goes missing in the U.S. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/7/18      Approximately 75% of fatal crashes occurring between midnight and 3am involve alcohol. Additionally, there are spikes in DUIs at 7:00 p.m. and 3:00pm, which are the end of happy hour and lunch time, respectively. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/8/18      If you spread out an adult human's brain, it would be about the size of a pillowcase. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/9/18      If Pope Gregory XIII would not have established the Gregorian calendar, which most of the world now observes, in 1582, then every 128 years the vernal equinox would have come a full calendar day earlier, eventually putting Easter in midwinter. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/10/18      Modern spring break began in 1936 when a swimming coach at Colgate University brought his team to Fort Lauderdale to train. An annual swimming competition soon followed--as well as the swimmers' less aquatic friends. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/11/18      The first cat in space was a French cat named Felicette (a.k.a. "Astrocat") In 1963, France blasted the cat into outer space. Electrodes implanted in her brains sent neurological signals back to Earth. She survived the trip. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/12/18      The life span of giant pandas in the wild is approximately 20 years. Captive pandas may live to be 25-30 years old. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/13/18      All dogs can be traced back 40 million years ago to a weasel-like animal called the Miacis which dwelled in trees and dens. The Miacis later evolved into the Tomarctus, a direct forbear of the genus Canis, which includes the wolf and jackal as well as the dog. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/14/18      Guinea Pigs are not pigs but, rather, rodents. They are also not from Guinea; they originated in the Andes. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/15/18      Bears can run up to 40 miles per hour, fast enough to catch a running horse. The fastest known human alive today is Usain Bolt, who can run 27mph. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/16/18      Horses, zebras, and asses (as well as other equids) belong to the Order Perissodactyla, which is Greek from "odd-numbered finger or toe." - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/17/18      Many children with autism have a reduced sensitivity to pain but may be extra sensitive to sound, touch, or other sensory stimulation-which may contribute to a reluctance to being cuddled or hugged. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/18/18      The Code of Hammurabi (1800 B.C.) includes a law that punishes fraudulent wine sellers: They were to be drowned in a river. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/19/18      According to the World Water Development Report (WWDR), many girls in developing countries cannot attend school because they are responsible for gathering domestic water. Additionally, schools lack separate toilet facilities. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/20/18      India is the birthplace of chess. The original word for "chess" is the Sanskrit chaturanga, meaning "four members of an army"—which were mostly likely elephants, horses, chariots, and foot soldiers. - Provided by FactRetriever.com


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