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    The first movie released on VHS was The Young Teacher, a South Korean drama about a teacher who organizes a volleyball game at her school to boost self-confidence and school spirit in her students. While the film received little recognition, the VHS format proved to be very successful and quickly became the number one format for buying and selling movies.
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    Fact of the Day - ACUPUNCTURE Did you know... that historically, Chinese medical practitioners didn't get paid and that the very first acupuncture needles were made of stone? Back in the day, Chinese medicine practitioners were paid to keep people healthy. People paid their doctor a regular fee unless they got sick. Then the doctor would not be paid until they were better. Clearly, this shows that Chinese medicine is a preventative form of medicine. Bian Shi (stone needle) was a sharpened, polished stone used to treat illness during the New Stone Age in China. Much later, needles were made of silver and gold. Some practitioners still use silver or gold needles on occasion, but most opt for stainless steel. Much more comfortable for patients than getting poked with sharp stones!
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    Did you know... that the first phone book was only 20 pages long , was issued in 1878 and was apparently very short ? Since the phone was only invented two years before , it makes sense that not everyone was on board with the new technology yet . Strangely enough , the first phone book also instructed readers to “commence the conversation by saying , ‘'Huolla!''
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    Did you know... that as a tribute to Alexander Graham Bell when he died in 1922, all the telephones stopped ringing for one full minute. As a result, 14 million telephones in US and Canada were affected.
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    The memorable Nokia tone for receiving SMS text messages is Morse code for ‘SMS’ Likewise, the ‘Ascending’ tone is Morse code for ‘Connecting People,’ (Nokia’s slogan) and ‘Standard’ is Morse code for ‘M’ (Message).
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    Fact of the Day - TELEPHONE Did you know... that “Ahoy” was the original telephone greeting? Alexander Graham Bell suggested ‘ahoy’ (as used in ships), but was later superseded by Thomas Edison, who suggested ‘hello’ instead. Also, the very first phone call was: “Watson come here, I want you!” It was made on March 10, 1876 in Boston, Massachusetts, between Alexander Graham Bell and his assistant Thomas A. Watson
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    Did you know... that you can’t directly see a black hole ? Because a black hole is indeed “ black ” ( no light can escape from it ) , it’s impossible for us to sense the hole directly through our instruments , no matter what kind of electromagnetic radiation you use ( light , x-rays , whatever ) . The key is to look at the hole’s effects on the nearby environment , points out NASA . Say a star happens to get too close to the black hole , for example. The black hole naturally pulls on the star and rips it to shreds . When the matter from the star begins to bleed toward the black hole , it gets faster , gets hotter and glows brightly in x-rays .
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    This is best illustrated by one person (call them Unlucky) falling into a black hole while another person (call them Lucky) watches. From Lucky’s perspective, Unlucky’s time clock appears to be ticking slower and slower. This is in accordance with Einstein’s theory of general relativity, which (simply put) says that time is affected by how fast you go, when you’re at extreme speeds close to light. The black hole warps time and space so much that Unlucky’s time appears to be running slower. From Unlucky’s perspective, however, their clock is running normally and Lucky’s is running fast.
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    Did you know... that the VCR was sold for $1000-$1400 in 1975 when they were first introduced? that's nuts!!! That's $4,444-$6,222 in today's economy.
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    Did you know... that we have not always been able to “cut and paste”, this action, which has saved millions of accumulated hours for users around the world, was developed in 1981 by Larry Tesler, an engineer. A hero to Humanity…. a hero indeed.
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    The password for the computer controls of nuclear tipped missiles of the U.S was 00000000 for eight years.
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    Fact of the Day - COMPUTERS Did you know... that Genesis Device demonstration video in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was the the first entirely computer generated movie sequence in the history of cinema. That studio later become Pixar.
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    Did you know... that Jason David Frank ( the Green/White Power Ranger ) is actually a 7th degree black belt , a pro MMA fighter , developed his own style of karate Toso Kune Do & held the world record for most pine boards broken in free fall ?
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    Did you know... that in the martial arts demonstrations there have been occasions where people fight huge animals like bulls and manage to kill them in a single blow? One such example was Mas Oyama a karate master earning him the name "Godhand"
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    Fact of the Day - MARTIAL ARTS Did you know... that very few activities have as many legends and myths surrounding them as do martial arts? Hundreds of practices are included under the title of martial arts, and some of these were passed down in secrecy for many generations. Furthermore, martial arts developed in countries that have been historically isolated from the Western world. Thus, there are many conflicting theories and opinions concerning the origins of martial arts. What is known is that martial arts began in the ancient cultures of Asia, including China, India, and Japan. In both China and India, artifacts from 2,000 to 4,000 years old have been found with paintings of people striking possible martial arts poses. Qigong , one of the oldest systems that may be considered a martial art, is believed by some historians to be 5,000 years old or older, originating in ancient China. Some scholars trace the development of martial arts much later to the sixth century a.d. According to legend, that is when a Buddhist monk from India named Bodhidharma brought Buddhism, yoga exercises, and meditation techniques to the Shaolin Monastery in China.
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    Did you know... that a giraffe only needs 1.9 hours of sleep a day, whereas a brown bat needs 19.9 hours a day. The extremes of both sleep deprivation and being the biggest lazy f*ck you can be. Also, did you know that the record for the longest period without sleep is 11 days... had to believe when I can barely manage 24 hours.
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    Usually sleepers pass through four stages: 1, 2, 3, and REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. These stages progress cyclically from 1 through REM then begin again with stage 1. A complete sleep cycle takes an average of 90 to 110 minutes, with each stage lasting between 5 to 15 minutes. The first sleep cycles each night have relatively short REM sleeps and long periods of deep sleep but later in the night, REM periods lengthen and deep sleep time decreases.
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    Did you know... that whisky does not age further once bottled ? Therefore a whisky bottled in 1999 as 10 years old , is not now 20 years old in 2019 . However , whiskies bottled in decades or centuries ago can show some change , especially if the closure is not air-tight .
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    Did you know.. that most seashells open to the right ? Although there are some species with shells that are always sinistral ( or left opening ) , nine out of 10 shells are dextral , meaning they open to the right . Because of their rarity , shell collectors go crazy for sinistral specimens , so much so that over the years clandestine trades have prospered in fake lefties .
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    Did you know... that long ears, long life? Well, at least that’s what the ancient Chinese thought. The ancient Chinese believed that each part of the ear represented a different prospect. The length of the earlobe denoted long life, and its thickness, wealth. As a result, kings and emperors of old China are depicted with extremely long ears (as are many statues of Buddha).
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    Fact of the day - EAR Your ears never stop hearing, even when you sleep. Your brain just ignores incoming sounds. Also, after eating too much, your hearing is less sharp.
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    MOLLUSKS MAKE ONLY ONE SHELL. Mollusks use calcium carbonate and proteins, secreted from their mantles, to build their shells. As a mollusk grows, so does its exoskeleton. “They are among the few animals on the planet that wander around carrying with them the same body armor they had as babies; the pointy tip or innermost whorl is the mollusk’s juvenile shell,” Scales writes. “Day by day, the mollusk shell slowly expands, making room for the soft animal growing inside.” Hermit crabs are arthropods that use shells to protect themselves but they don't take the shell from their respective owners, instead they wait for the owner to die naturally or get eaten by a predator. Only after that, they occupy the shells.
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    Did you know... that no driver has died since NASCAR began requiring head-and-neck restraints in 2001?
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    Did you know... that Nascar drivers can lose 5-10 pounds in sweat during a race ? If a driver loses more than 3 percent of his body weight in sweat and doesn’t replace those fluids , focus and reflexes start declining .
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    Did you know... Voyager I and II are carrying record albums made of copper that are analog time-capsules from the late 1970s (when the spacecraft were launched). The albums contain greetings in fifty-five languages, musical selections from different eras and cultures, and information about where the records came from. Voyager 1 is 12 billion miles and Voyager 2 is 10 billion miles from Earth, making those two records arguably the most widely distributed albums of all time.
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