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

JUL 2020


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7/1/20      100,000,000,000 tons of dynamite would have to be detonated every second to match the energy produced by the sun. Provided by FactRetriever.com
7/2/20      During the 16th and 17th centuries, it was believed that a bite from a species of wolf spider (named tarantula, from the Taranto region in Italy) would be deadly if the victim did not dance to a specific type of frenzied music. It inspired a dance called the tarantella. Provided by FactRetriever.com
7/3/20      The Challenger Deep is the deepest known point on Earth, reaching depths of about 35,814 feet. Provided by FactRetriever.com
7/4/20      While China invented the firework itself, Italy invented the aerial shell in the 1830s. The shape of the inner part of the aerial shell is what gives the firework its overall shape. Italians also discovered that burning different metallic powders created different colors. Provided by FactRetriever.com
7/5/20      Certain types of food can create at least quick boosts of happiness. Foods like milk, chicken, and nuts contain tryptophan, which increases the production of serotonin, a chemical linked to feelings of calm and happiness. Provided by FactRetriever.com
7/6/20      Costa Ricans claim that Dr. Clodomiro “Clorito” Picado discovered the properties of penicillin before Dr. Alexander Fleming, based on a paper Dr. Picado had published in 1927 on how penicillin inhibited the growth of streptococcus in his patients. Provided by FactRetriever.com
7/7/20      Baby giraffes can stand up 30 minutes after they're born and can run after 10 hours. Provided by FactRetriever.com
7/8/20      Diabetes is responsible for over one million amputations each year, a large percentage of cataracts, and at least 5% of blindness worldwide. Provided by FactRetriever.com
7/9/20      Most Turks did not have surnames until a law was passed requiring it in 1934. The most common last names in Turkey are Yılmaz (never gives up, undaunted), Kaya (rock), Demir (iron), Şahin (falcon or hawk), and Çelik (steel). Provided by FactRetriever.com
7/10/20      While the winter solstice is the shortest day of the year, seasonal lag means that the coldest period usually follows the solstice by a few weeks. Provided by FactRetriever.com
7/11/20      In 2013, student protesters in Ukraine sparked an uprising that resulted in bloodshed but ultimately overthrew the government. Known as the Revolution of Honor, it is also sometimes called “Euromaidan." Provided by FactRetriever.com
7/12/20      The deadliest hurricane on record is the 1970 Bhola Cyclone in Bangladesh, which killed between 150,000-300,000 people. Provided by FactRetriever.com
7/13/20      In 2005, Estonia became the first country in the world to permit online voting. Provided by FactRetriever.com
7/14/20      Before the advent of the car industry, over 15,000 horses were left to rot on the streets of New York every year. Consequently, automobiles were seen as an environmentally friendly alternative. Provided by FactRetriever.com


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