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

FEB 2021


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2/1/21      Though it is the most difficult of the visible planets to see, Mercury's existence has been known since ancient Sumerian times, roughly 5,000 years ago. Provided by FactRetriever.com
2/2/21      Refrigerators in the U.S. consume about the same energy as 25 large power plants produce each year. Provided by FactRetriever.com
2/3/21      The bowie knife is named after the Alamo hero Jim Bowie (1796-1836). His brother, Rezin, designed the hefty weapon. Provided by FactRetriever.com
2/4/21      The longest known cave system on earth is the Mammoth Cave in Kentucky. It stretches for more than 390 miles, and that’s just what has been explored. Scientists believe it may be over 600 miles long. Provided by FactRetriever.com
2/5/21      The northern hawk owl is able to hear prey as much as 12 inches under the snow. Provided by FactRetriever.com
2/6/21      Saturn is not the only planet with rings. Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune also have rings, although they are much fainter and less spectacular than Saturn’s. Provided by FactRetriever.com
2/7/21      Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, a Persian poet and Sufi master born in 1207, is the best-selling poet in the United States. A compelling figure in poetry, Rumi's poems articulate what it feels like to be alive. Provided by FactRetriever.com
2/8/21      The world’s oldest bottle of wine dates back to A.D. 325 and was found near the town of Speyer, Germany, inside one of two Roman sarcophaguses. It is on display at the town’s Historisches Museum der Pfalz. Provided by FactRetriever.com
2/9/21      The American Professional Football Association was formed in 1920; two years later it changed its name to the National Football League (NFL), which would ultimately become the major league of American football. Provided by FactRetriever.com
2/10/21      The letter π is the first letter of the Greek word “periphery” and “perimeter.” The symbol π in mathematics represents the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. In other words, π is the number of times a circle’s diameter will fit around its circumference. Provided by FactRetriever.com
2/11/21      Sharks kill about 12 people a year. People kill about 11,417 sharks—an hour. Provided by FactRetriever.com
2/12/21      The Industrial Revolution allowed people to work longer and year-round. Labor was no longer tied to the season or natural lighting. Provided by FactRetriever.com
2/13/21      Berlin’s Zoologischer Garten is the largest zoo in the world both in terms of number of species (1,500) and animal population (14,000). Germany boasts more than 400 registered zoos. Provided by FactRetriever.com
2/14/21      There are about 97,000 public schools and 49 million students across the United States. Provided by FactRetriever.com
2/15/21      A new person is added to the United States national transplant waiting list every 10 minutes—that's 144 people per day. Provided by FactRetriever.com
2/16/21      Indonesia is the world’s largest country comprised solely of islands. It is composed of 17,508 islands, some 6,000 of which are inhabited. Provided by FactRetriever.com
2/17/21      A group of lizards is called a "lounge." Provided by FactRetriever.com
2/18/21      Given that the world is about 25,000 miles in circumference and that the average walking rate is 3 miles per hour, it would take a person walking nonstop approximately 347 days to walk around the world. Provided by FactRetriever.com
2/19/21      The worst volcanic disaster of the twentieth century is considered to be the eruption of Mt. Pelée in 1902 on the island of Martinique in the Caribbean which killed 30,121 people. Only two people survived: a shoemaker living on the edge of the island and a prisoner who had been locked in a dungeon cell with thick stone walls. Provided by FactRetriever.com
2/20/21      Dubbed the "Marathon Man," Belgian runner Stefaan Engels ran the marathon distance every day for a year, totaling 9,569 miles (1,5401 km). Provided by FactRetriever.com
2/21/21      Taiwan boasts the largest collection of Chinese art in the world. Provided by FactRetriever.com
2/22/21      Horses cannot breathe through their mouth, only through their nose. Provided by FactRetriever.com
2/23/21      Chocolate was included in WWII soldier rations. According to army specification, it was designed to taste just “a little better than a boiled potato” so soldiers would not eat it too quickly. Provided by FactRetriever.com
2/24/21      Approximately 63% of youth suicides in the U.S. are kids who live in a home without a father. Provided by FactRetriever.com
2/25/21      After Joachim Neumann, a civil engineering student, escaped East Berlin by pretending to be a Swiss tourist, he spent the next five months digging a tunnel from West to East Berlin. He ultimately helped his girlfriend and 57 other people escape. Provided by FactRetriever.com
2/26/21      Iceland uses 100% renewable electricity, making it the “greenest” country in the world. Provided by FactRetriever.com


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