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

MAY 2021


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5/1/21      Norwegian Erik Rotheim invented the forerunner of the can-and-aerosol system we known as the aerosol spray can. He was granted a patent for his invention in Norway on October 8, 1926. Provided by FactRetriever.com
5/2/21      With over two dozen regularly erupting volcanos, Iceland is one of the most volcanically active spots on Earth. Provided by FactRetriever.com
5/3/21      Los Angeles International Airport emits approximately 19,000 tons of carbon dioxide—a month. The roughly 33,000 planes that fly in and out of the airport each month release about 800,000 tons of carbon dioxide. Provided by FactRetriever.com
5/4/21      Nearly 90% of London’s police officers don’t carry firearms. Provided by FactRetriever.com
5/5/21      Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected president an astonishing four terms before the 22nd Amendment set term limits. Provided by FactRetriever.com
5/6/21      In 1980, American journalist Janet Cook was forced to return her Pulitzer Prize when it became clear that the journalistic piece for which she had won it—a story about an 8-year-old addicted to heroin—was entirely false. Provided by FactRetriever.com
5/7/21      Because dragonfly eyes have about 30,000 lenses, they can see nearly 360 degrees. Provided by FactRetriever.com
5/8/21      Linguists have identified words in the modern Estonian language that were also used by ancient inhabitants of Estonia over 5,000 years ago. Provided by FactRetriever.com
5/9/21      Lake Taupo was the source of the world’s largest known volcanic eruption in the last 70,000 years. It is estimated that its violent birth spewed 15,000 times the volume of material ejected when Mount Saint Helens in Washington State erupted in 1980. Provided by FactRetriever.com
5/10/21      The feathers under a flamingos wings are black. You typically see them when they are flying. Provided by FactRetriever.com
5/11/21      While not as common as with dogs, ferrets will wag their tail when happy. They will also make a chortling or clucking sound known as “dooking.” Provided by FactRetriever.com
5/12/21      The male platypus has spurs above its hind legs that it can use to pierce and insert venom into its enemies. Humans who have been pierced report that the venom caused their hands and arms to swell up and lock-jaw to set in, accompanied by severe pain that lasts for weeks. Provided by FactRetriever.com
5/13/21      After President Bush Sr. vomited on the Japanese Prime Minister, a new word entered the Japanese language. Bushusuru means “to do the Bush thing,” or to publicly vomit. Provided by FactRetriever.com
5/14/21      The largest hurricane can be the size of the state of Montana, 600 miles (966 kilometers) wide. Provided by FactRetriever.com


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