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    Fact of the Day

    Here's a new game. Write one fact about the topic called for. Everyday will be a new topic Fact of the day - CATS Did you know.... some cats are allergic to humans?
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    Fact of the Day - PHOBIAS Did you know... that children automatically develop parental phobias? Although there is some evidence children are more likely to develop phobias if their parents have them, having one or both parents diagnosed with a phobia is just one of many risk factors. You can also develop a phobia from watching a stranger have a bad experience, such as falling down a flight of stairs, or from seeing something unfortunate happen to someone in a movie. As some believe both nature and nurture play a role in phobia development, it is not surprising that much depends on other adults' influence in the child's life, the child's individual personality and how parents present their phobia in the home. Myths about phobias and other mental health disorders are rampant, and information gathered from family or friends may be inaccurate. If you have a fear affecting your life, consider seeking professional guidance. With proper treatment, you can successfully overcome most phobias.
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    Fact of the Day - MUSIC HISTORY Did you know... that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed over 600 pieces during his lifetime including his first opera written at the age of eleven? He wrote his first symphony music at the age of 8 while an Opera at the age of 11. Jingle Bells was first song to be performed in the outer space by Astronauts, Walter Schirra and Tom Stafford using harmonica and bell (first musical instruments to be carried in space) on Gemini 6 in December 1965. Telharmonium is an earliest known music synthesizer or “musical telegraph” that laid the foundation of modern day synthesizers. Marine Scientist, Roger Payne once recorded an album titled “Songs of the Humpback Whale”. This album was popularized by National Geographic magazine by distributing it along with the magazine.
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    Fact of the Day - GRAPES Did you know... that table and wine grapes are different? It's natural to assume that wine is made from the type of grape that you see in your local grocery store. According to Wine Spectator, this isn't the case. Table grapes, or those you eat raw, are distinctly different. They have a thin skin, and over the years, farmers have bred them to be seedless or have very small seeds. Wine grapes, on the other hand, are smaller and have thicker skins and lots of seeds. It requires about 90 pounds of grapes to make five gallons or about 25 bottles of wine, according to Wine Maker Magazine. That equates to more than three and a half pounds of grapes per bottle. Other uses for grapes include grape juice, grape jelly or jam, and drying grapes to make raisins. Some people also use extracts from grape seeds for medicinal purposes. Grapes are used to help cure asthma indigestion, migraine, kidnеy disease and fatigue.
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    Fact of the Day - TYPEWRITERS Did you know... that typewriters fall into five classifications? The standard typewriter was the first kind manufactured. It was too heavy (15-25 lb or 5.6-9.3 kg) to move often, so it was kept on a desk or typing table. The standard typewriter had a wider platen (a rubber-covered, steel cylinder for absorbing typing impact) in the carriage (the part that moved the paper into place) that could hold oversized forms. The portable manual typewriter was smaller in size, lighter in weight, and equipped with a carrying case for easier movement and storage. Portable typewriters were popular for home and school use. Electric typewriters were heavier than standard machines because of their motors and electrical parts. Electric machines made typing easier because less effort was needed to strike the keys. Electric portables were smaller and lighter than desktop machines, and they had carrying cases with storage for the power cord. The most recent kind of typewriter to be produced—the electronic typewriter—eliminated many of the disadvantages of both standard and electric machines. Circuit boards made the electronic typewriter much lighter (about 10 lb or 3.7 kg) than other models. Personal word processors (PWPs) were closely related to computers. Writing machines were built as early as the fourteenth century. The first patented writing machine was made in England in 1714 but never built. The first manufactured typewriter appeared in 1870 and was the invention of Malling Hansen. It was called the Hansen Writing Ball and used part of a sphere studded with keys mounted over a piece of paper on the body of the machine. Christopher L. Sholes and Carlos Glidden developed a machine with a keyboard, a platen made of vulcanized rubber, and a wooden space bar. E. Remington & Sons purchased the rights and manufacture began in 1874. To avoid jamming typebars with adjacent and commonly used pairs of letters, Sholes and Glidden arranged the keyboard with these first six letters on the left of the top row and other letters distributed based on frequency of use. Their "QWERTY" system is still the standard for arranging letters. The first Remington typewriter only printed capital letters, but a model made in 1878 used a shift key to raise and lower typebars. The shift key and double-character typeface produced twice as many characters without changing the number of typebars. By 1901, John Underwood was producing a machine that had a backspace, tab, and ribbon selector for raising and lowering the ribbon. George Blickensderfer produced the first electric typewriter in 1902, but practical electric typewriters were not manufactured until about 1925. In 1961, International Business Machines (IBM) introduced the Selectric electric typewriter. From about 1960 to 1980, the standard typewriter industry in the United States withered away. The IBM Selectric II debuted in 1984, but IBM stopped making electric models in favor of the electronic Wheelwriter in the early 1990s. By this time personal computers were becoming more popular. By the late 1990s, most of the manual typewriters supplied to the United States came from three firms. Olympia in Germany makes standard portables, Olivetti in Italy makes a standard office typewriter and two portable models, and the Indian firm Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Company is the largest producer of manual typewriters.
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    Fact of the Day

    Sorry for the days I don't post. I'm going back and forth to the hospital to see my husband and posting here doesn't come to mind when I get home and am tired. Anyway, onto today's fact. Fact of the day - HOTELS Did you know... that the Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan in Yamanashi, Japan, holds the Guinness World Record for being the oldest hotel in the world? The hot-spring hotel sits at the foot of the stunning Akaishi Mountains and has been in operation since it was founded by Fujiwara Mahito in 705 A.D. Since then, it’s been in the hands of some 52 generations of the same family for more than 1,300 years. The Keiunkan lies at the foot of the Akaishi Mountains. Since its foundation, the hotel has had all its hot water sourced directly from the local Hakuho Springs. The hotel was last renovated in 1997 and has 37 rooms.
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    Fact of the Day - BIRD NESTS Did you know... that bald eagles build strong nests and use them year after year? They make improvements and add to the nest, it can weigh over a ton! The largest eagle nest was 20 feet deep and estimated to weigh 2 tons! Some birds will use abandoned homes from other animals. Burrowing owls have been known to use abandoned prairie dog burrows to raise young. Unlike eagles, great horned owls reuse nests built by other species and don’t make any improvements before moving in. It’s not unusual for their nests to collapse. Blue-gray gnatcatchers makes their nests out of spiderwebs and lichen - and they didn’t even take basket weaving in college! Ruby-throated hummingbirds have nests about the size of a thimble. Red-cockaded woodpecker nest in cavities that can take years to construct in a living tree. (But they sometimes have help.) They live in groups and will have as many as four helpers. Gyrfalcons can use theirs for generations- one was discovered to be over 2,500 years old. They use rocky ledges or old raven nests. Piping plovers make shallow depressions on the beach with a few twigs. Despite the lack of coverage, their nests can still be hard to spot because they are so well-camouflaged.
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    Fact of the Day - ANIMAL EXTINCTION Did you know... that although many animals have gone extinct because of human poaching, other species are at risk for extinction because humans will not eat them? For example, when people lost interest in eating the Guinea Hog as a source of bacon and ham, the species suddenly became threatened. One effective (but controversial) way of bringing attention to endangered animals is by advertising their delicious taste, putting them in animal farms, and then supplementing their growth for commercial use. The hooded seal, now endangered because of climate change, has an inflatable skull hood and nasal passageway. It can puff up its head to look like a 12-inch wide balloon. In the last half-billion years, there have been only five waves of mass extinction. Many scientists believe we are now in a sixth, with dozens of species going extinct every day.
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    Fact of the Day

    @Grundy: Thank you! Fact of the Day - FLAMINGOS Did you know... that the word "flamingo" comes from the Spanish and Latin word "flamenco" which means fire, and refers to the bright color of the birds' feathers? Not all flamingos are brightly colored, however, and some of the birds are mostly gray or white. The strength of a flamingo's coloration comes from its diet. Younger birds also have less coloration. Flamingos are found around the world from the Caribbean and South America to Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. They are also popular guests in many zoos, aviaries, aquariums, marine parks, and botanical gardens well outside their native ranges. Occasional escaped flamingos often make headlines among birders. Flamingos are strong but rare swimmers and powerful fliers, even though they're most often seen just wading. Flamingos do fly very well, however, and many flamingos migrate or regularly fly between the best food sources and nesting grounds. When flying in a flock, the top speed of a flamingo can be as high as 35 miles per hour (56 kilometers per hour). They can seem ungainly or clumsy in flight, however, because their long necks stretch out in front of their bodies and their long legs dangle well past their short tails, giving them a wobbly appearance.
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    Fact of the Day - VIOLINS Did you know... that the violin has ancestral ties to the Byzantine empire through its distant cousin, the lyra? This archaic instrument evolved into the “rebec” and then the medieval fiddle, before finally transforming into the modern violin. The violin has become an essential instrument in cultures all over the world, from Ireland to India. Some of these cultures have developed different ways of playing the instrument. One of the most interesting violin facts is that some Indian players sit cross-legged while playing, and rest the scroll on their feet with the bottom of the violin under their chin!
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    Fact of the Day - BOBCATS Did you know... that the bobcat is crepuscular, being most active at dawn and dusk, although they become more diurnal during autumn and winter in response to prey activity? Each night bobcats travel along a habitual route, from 3 to 11 km long. Like most cats, the bobcat is territorial and predominantly solitary. Of all the wild cats in North America, the bobcat has the largest range, and is also the most abundant. Although most commonly preying on rabbits, birds, small game and rodents, bobcats can kill prey much bigger than themselves (up to eight times their own weight). They will do this more often when prey availability is limited so that they can return to the carcass for future meals. The bobcat is a stealthy hunter which pounces on its prey. They can leap over 3 metres in length. They can also chase down prey once they get close enough by reaching up to 50 km/h in short bursts, although they are unable to keep up such pace over longer distances. Female bobcats find a secluded den to raise their young. They have between 1 and 6 kittens, which remain with the mother for up to 12 months. The mother cares for them, keeping them safe and fed, and helps teach them to hunt. It has been known for domestic cats to care for orphaned bobcat kittens. The bobcat’s tail, which appears to be cut or “bobbed” is the reason for its common name. The bobcat is the smallest of the four lynx species. There are 12 subspecies of bobcat. In Native American symbolism, the bobcat represents: clear vision in dark places, vigilance, patience and the ability to see through masks. In Native American mythology, the bobcat is twinned with the coyote to represent the theme of duality. Respectively they are associated with fog and wind, which are two elements representing opposites in Amerindian folklore.
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    Fact of the Day - GODIVA CHOCOLATE Did you know... that in 1926, a man from Belgium by the name of Joseph Draps began making a variety of exquisitely divine chocolates? He wanted to sell them under a name that was bold, but also passionate and graceful. He chose the name Godiva. Because mass production of chocolate was already prevalent at the time Draps began creating his, he quickly and successfully opened his first store of fine chocolates in Brussels in 1926. Draps was also a thriving chocolatier not only because of the delicacies he made, but because of the hand crafted packaging they were sold in, which quickly became a staple of the Godiva brand. After much success in Brussels, Draps was able to open a second Godiva store in 1958 on the famous Rue St. Honore in Paris, France. Soon after this opening, Godiva was introducing stores all over Europe. Finally, in 1966 Americans got a taste of this purveyor of fine chocolates when it was sold in lavish department stores. By the year 1972, New York City’s 5th Avenue was the host of the first Godiva store to open in the United States. North America is now home to over 275 Godiva boutiques. Originally, Godiva sold nothing more than fancy chocolate gifts in fashionable packages. Today, they have an extensive line of food that includes baked desserts, coffee, biscuits, ice cream, truffles, wedding favors and party favors. Now, with over 450 boutiques worldwide, their chocolates being sold in specialty retail stores around the world, and the ability to buy Godiva online and over the telephone, it’s easier than ever to treat yourself and your loved ones to this delicacy. Our personal favorite indulgence is the Godiva gift baskets, filled with unique treats like Godiva Gems, hot cocoa, and signature biscuits.
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    Fact of the Day - YAWNING Did you know... that cleans your blood? It turns out that there's not a simple answer for why we yawn. When we're yawning, our body is doing ALL OF THE THINGS, including bringing more oxygen into our bloodstream while at the same time cleansing it of carbon dioxide. It's almost like our bodies are creating a filter and our mouths are the giant opening. Also, yawning is (kind of) contagious. According to scientists, yawns are contagious in about 60-70 percent of people, and this was discovered by testing susceptibility to contagiously yawning with performance on a self-face recognition task, several theory-of-mind stories, and on a measure of schizotypal personality traits. Even animals can catch a yawn. Proving that we're more closely related to animals than we think, most animals can succumb to contagious yawns just like we do. In a series of experiments carried out dogs, their owners, and strangers, scientists tested whether or not dogs could catch a yawn from someone. Scientists discovered that dogs could catch a yawn from someone, but it was less likely if the yawn was disingenuous. And for one last fact, did you know that yawning cools the bran? It turns out that one of the many functions of yawning is to help "cool down" our brains. Interestingly enough, our yawns aren't affected by the seasons, or a heat wave, but rather the "optimal thermal zone of around 20°C [68°F]." Jorg Massen and a team of scientists discovered that yawns cool the brain in order to achieve "arousal and mental efficiency," and that contagious yawning can improve group alertness.
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    Fact of the Day - BLACK BEARS Did you know... that black bears are masters of adaptation? Hibernation is their way of surviving a long winter when there’s little food available. They have few predators. In fact, the biggest threat to their survival is starvation. Bears are shy animals. Even when they’re awake, they try to avoid humans – and they’re asleep for half the year, hidden away in their dens. Bears are solitary animals. The only time males and females get together is in June when they mate. Through a survival adaptation called “delayed implantation,” the embryo doesn’t implant in the uterus until the fall – and then only if the female has gained enough body fat to see her through the winter months when she is hibernating. Bears give birth before emerging from hibernation. In October or November, the female looks for a spot to hibernate, usually under a tree stump or log, which she lines with grass, twigs and leaves. In January, she gives birth, typically to one or two cubs. The cubs nurse while she continues to doze periodically, and when they all emerge in April or May, the cubs have grown to weigh around five pounds each. The cubs stay with their mother all summer and hibernate with her over the winter. The following spring, she pushes them out of the den to be on their own.
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    Fact of the Day - CANADA DAY Did you know... that Canada Day is a federal statutory holiday and it’s the national day of Canada, celebrating the anniversary of July 1, 1867, when Canada signed the Constitution Act and became a new federation with its own constitution? On this day, the British colonies of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia and the Province of Canada were united into one dominion under the name of Canada, and the colonies became the nation’s first provinces. The Province of Canada was divided in the process and renamed into Quebec and Ontario. On June 20, 1868, Canada’s Governor General proclaimed that Canadians should celebrate the anniversary of the confederation. The holiday became a statutory holiday in 1879 and was originally known as Dominion Day. On October 27, 1982, Dominion Day officially became Canada Day, and the new name symbolized a step away from Canada’s colonial past. The year 2017 marks the 150th celebration of Canada Day! Canada Day is celebrated each year on July 1st. If the holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the following Monday will be off to observe the holiday.
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    Fact of the Day - ASTEROIDS Did you know.... that the first asteroid was Ceres, discovered by Giuseppe Piazzi in 1801? Asteroids are small, rocky objects that orbit the Sun. There are currently over 600,000 known asteroids in our solar system. Most asteroids are found orbiting in the Asteroid Belt, a series of rings located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Asteroids are leftovers from the formation of our solar system about 4.6 billion years ago. Early on, the birth of Jupiter prevented any planetary bodies from forming in the gap between Mars and Jupiter, causing the small objects that were there to collide with each other and fragment into the asteroids seen today.
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    Fact of the Day - KARMA Did you know... that Karma is a word that's now globally acknowledged? More than a word, it's a concept. Karma is an action, word or deed that has cause and effect relationship in the spiritual dimension. How is it said to work? Say if you do good today, it will have a positive effect on your future. In simple terms, do good to get good. Otherwise, actions performed with bad motive will lead to "bad karma". This ideology or concept is rooted in Buddhism. Today, it has spread across the world, so much so that, in most Asian countries, karma is associated with rebirth. It is believed that the karma in the past life has determined the quality and nature of present life. This might not be acceptable to all. But karma is not something that can be overlooked. If you recap your life, then you will realize that karma is prevalent at times. Your good actions generate good results, while your bad works follows dark days.
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    Fact of the Day - DUST PARTICLES Did you know... that the average person creates 1/3 ounce of dead skin each week? Which is about the weight of a car key. This dead skin combines with other particles to create household dust. While that 1/3 ounce doesn’t seem like much, the average home in the United States collects 40 pounds of dust each year. Many people claim to be allergic to dust, but in many cases they are actually having an allergic reaction to dust mites. These mites eat the dead skin and their dead bodies and fecal matter cause allergic reactions in people. Up to 500 dust mites can survive on just 1 gram of dust. Depending on how small the particle is, dust is capable of staying suspended in the air for up to 5 days.
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    Fact of the Day - STAR TREK Did you know... that the vulcan salute is actually a Hebrew blessing? Leonard Nimoy did not create the Vulcan salute that means "Live Long and Prosper" out of thin air for the season two opener "Amok Time," which was the first time we got to see Spock among his people on Vulcan. It was actually borrowed from something he had witnessed as a child when he was attending a service at an Orthodox Jewish synagogue with his family. The hand gesture represents the Hebrew letter Shin, which represents the word Shaddai, a name for God. It looks like a lot of people have been blessing each other without knowing it.
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    Keep One, Drop One

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    Fact of the Day - STATUE OF LIBERTY Did you know... that the Statue of Liberty was built by French sculptor Auguste Bartholdi, with the help of tons of workers working ten hour days, seven days a week for nine years? The statue was finally finished in 1884 and presented to America on July 4th. It didn't arrive in the United States until many months later though, because all 350 individual pieces of the statue had to be packed into 214 crates for the long boat ride from France to New York. It was on Bedloe Island that the Statue of Liberty was reconstructed in America - the island is now called Liberty Island and is only accessible by ferry. Auguste Bartholdi thought that the New York harbor was the perfect setting for his masterpiece because it was "where people get their first view of the New World." The statue was to be a symbol of welcome for all immigrants coming to America, as well as a universal symbol of freedom.
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    Fact of the Day - THE SUPER BOWL Did you know... that in the very first Super Bowl, the Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 35-10, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on January 15, 1967? Sixty million people tuned in for the first broadcast, a number that has since nearly doubled. After their win, each player on the Packers team took home a $15,000 bonus. In comparison, every Patriots player received a $107,000 bonus for their win in the 2017 Super Bowl.
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    Fact of the Day - JUMPING JACKS Did you know... that jumping jack (Canada & US) or star jump (UK and other Commonwealth nations), also called side-straddle hop in the US military, is a physical jumping exercise performed by jumping to a position with the legs spread wide and the hands touching overhead, sometimes in a clap, and then returning to a position with the feet together and the arms at the sides? The name origin for the jumping jack exercise has sometimes erroneously been identified as World War I U.S. General John J. "Black Jack" Pershing, who is said to have developed the exercise, but in fact the name comes from the jumping jack children's toy, which makes similar arm swing and leg splay motions when the strings are tugged. "Star jump" refers to the person's appearance with legs and arms spread.
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    Fact of the Day - KOMODO DRAGONS Did you know... that Komodo dragons are venomous? For a long time, it was believed that a Komodo dragon's bite was so dangerous because of the massive number of bacteria thriving in its mouth. As a scavenger beast, its bite must be filled with the deadly microorganisms of rotting flesh and would infect and kill any victim. The truth, however, was discovered by Bryan Fry, a venom researcher at the University of Melbourne in Australia, who found that the Komodo dragon is indeed one of the few venomous lizards on the planet. It wasn't until 2009 that the decades-long myth of how Komodo dragons kill was finally slayed, and replaced with the truth, thanks in great part to Fry's research. According to National Geographic, "The team found that the dragon's venom rapidly decreases blood pressure, expedites blood loss, and sends a victim into shock, rendering it too weak to fight. In the venom, some compounds that reduce blood pressure are as potent as those found in the word's most venomous snake, western Australia's inland Taipan." Unlike a snake, however, which injects venom into a victim through its sharp fangs, a Komodo dragon's venom seeps into large wounds it makes on an animal it attacks. The animal may escape the grip of the dragon, but it won't escape the venom that will eventually bring it down. By then, the Komodo dragon will be not far behind, tracking down its fleeing victim with its keen sense of smell.
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