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

MAY 2022


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5/1/22      Although a full moon seems bright, it is actually reflecting just 7% of the sun's rays.- Provided by FactRetriever.com
5/2/22      Christopher Columbus was the first European to find the Venezuelan coast in 1498.- Provided by FactRetriever.com
5/3/22      Traditional Bedouin tents are made out of black goat hair. The Bedouin term for tent is buryuut hajar, which literally means "house of hair." Provided by FactRetriever.com
5/4/22      Mars has the largest and most violent dust storms in our entire solar system. These storms often have winds topping 125 mph, can last for weeks, and can cover the entire planet. They usually occur when Mars is closest to the sun. Provided by FactRetriever.com
5/5/22      Moon dust is said to smell like spent gunpowder. Provided by FactRetriever.com
5/6/22      Sea lions can eat up to 44 lbs. (20 kg) of fish per day. Provided by FactRetriever.com
5/7/22      The first drive-in movie theater opened in 1933 in Camden, New Jersey, the hometown of the young man who first came up with the idea. Provided by FactRetriever.com
5/8/22      The ultimate “whoops” moment in a U.S. presidential election happened when the Chicago Daily Tribune mistakenly declared that Dewey beat Truman in 1946. Provided by FactRetriever.com
5/9/22      Kentucky was originally part of Virginia, but on June 1, 1792, Virginia gave Kentucky permission to break off and become the 15th state of the United States. Provided by FactRetriever.com
5/10/22      Flamingos can travel 311–373 miles (500–600 km) in a single flight. Provided by FactRetriever.com
5/11/22      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
5/12/22      Ludolph van Ceulen (1540-1610) spent most of his life calculating the first 36 digits of pi (which were named the Ludolphine Number). According to legend, these numbers were engraved on his now lost tombstone. Provided by FactRetriever.com
5/13/22      The Aborigines, the indigenous people who lived on the island of Australia for thousands of years before the English arrived, had many names for the Koala bear, including “cullewine,” “koolewong,” and “kobarcola.” Provided by FactRetriever.com
5/14/22      Explorer Roy Chapman Andrews found the first dinosaur nest known to science in 1923 in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia. Before he found the nest, scientists were unsure how dinosaur babies were born. Provided by FactRetriever.com
5/15/22      In 1916, Georgia Ann Robinson became the first African American policewoman. Provided by FactRetriever.com
5/16/22      A recently discovered monkey, the Burmese sneezing monkey, sneezes whenever it rains. Provided by FactRetriever.com
5/17/22      A leatherback sea turtle can weigh more than 1,000 pounds. Provided by FactRetriever.com
5/18/22      Dr. Bennet Omalu's pioneering research in the field of concussion and head trauma from 2002 to the present has helped bring the seriousness of football-associated head injuries to public awareness. Omalu was portrayed by Will Smith in the 2015 film Concussion. Provided by FactRetriever.com
5/19/22      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
5/20/22      The National Geographic Society designated The Emancipation Oak in Virginia as one of the most important trees in the world. In the 1860s, Mary Smith Peake broke the law when she taught African American adults and children how to read under the oaks’ branches. Provided by FactRetriever.com
5/21/22      Most of Italy’s natural flora and fauna has disappeared due to centuries of cultivation. Most of its natural wildlife has also disappeared due to over-hunting. Provided by FactRetriever.com
5/22/22      Washington, DC, is home to two endangered species, the dwarf wedgemussel and the Hay's Spring amphipod. Provided by FactRetriever.com
5/23/22      President Grover Cleveland (1837-1908) is the only president to be elected to two nonconsecutive terms. He was the 22nd and 24th president. Provided by FactRetriever.com
5/24/22      Robert Scott, who, in the race to the South Pole, came in second, died just 11 miles from a pre-arranged supply depot. His only son, Peter, would later found the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). Provided by FactRetriever.com
5/25/22      In some places on an elephant's body, its skin can be one inch thick. Provided by FactRetriever.com
5/26/22      Over half of the population of Africa is under 25 years old, which makes it the youngest population in the world. Provided by FactRetriever.com


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