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  1. Great work @DarkRavie on keeping the topic alive ! Did you know... that based on research measuring the different levels of cognitive processing , violinists have shown to develop faster processing speeds compared to the average person who does not play an instrument ?
  2. Did you know... that the Sahara desert is the largest source of dust in the entire world ? 770 million tons of dust from this desert blows across the Atlantic Ocean to South America , where it fertilizes the Ocean and the Amazon rainforest .
  3. Did you know... that 111 million viewers watched the Super Bowl in 2011 , making it the most watched television program in American history ?
  4. Did you know... that the Komodo Dragons are as much as 8.5 feet long and weight as much as 200 pounds ? They can take down animals as large as wild boar , deer and water buffalo . To catch their prey , they use an ambush strategy . Matching well with the dirt surroundings of their island home , they lie in wait for an unsuspecting animal to pass by . They then sprint into action , landing a venomous bite before the victim can escape .
  5. Did you know... that each jukebox is comprised of 700-800 different components ? That includes : wood cabinetry , injection-molded plastic pieces , electronic stereo equipment such as : amplifiers , woofers and tweeters . Also turntable or disk player , lighting , mirrors , records or compact disks and the selection mechanism . In some cases , the bulk of the components are purchased from outside suppliers . Other manufacturers create everything in-house except the records or compact disks .
  6. Did you know... that the Guinness World record holder for the " Oldest Cat Ever " , a 38-year-old cat named Creme Puff , drank coffee every morning her whole life ?
  7. Did you know... that drinking fountains in the United States were often subject to racial segregation , until all legally enforced public segregation ( segregation de jure ) was abolished by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 ?
  8. Did you know... that around the time of the Revolutionary War , dueling occurred in every state of the nation ( U.S ) regularly , often for even relatively slight offenses , such as insults , or to resolve gambling disputes ? Few laws prohibited this tradition inherited from the Old World , which continued to evolve . Although no binding set of rules governed the proceedings of a duel in the United States largely , no doubt , because dueling was outside the law , U.S. citizens adopted the European rules from their ancestors .
  9. Did you know... that one of the most obvious difference between monkeys and apes is that apes do not have tails ? ( there are a few isolated monkey species do not have tails either , like the Barbary Macaque , but they are the exception rather than the rule ) .
  10. Did you know... that in 2002 , Hakan Sukur scored for Turkey the fastest goal in World Cup history ( 11 seconds ) against South Korea ?
  11. Did you know... that not all dreams are in color ? While most people report dreaming in color , there is a small percentage of people who claim to only dream in black and white . In studies where dreamers have been awakened and asked to select colors from a chart that match those in their dreams , soft pastel colors are those most frequently chosen .
  12. Did you know... that it’s illegal to chew gum in Singapore ? In fact , no gum is bought or sold there . The law is said to be in place to keep public spaces clean .
  13. Fact of the Day - BATMAN Did you know... that Andy Warhol directed the first Batman movie ? Titled Batman Dracula , the first Batman movie was directed by Andy Warhol in 1964 . it was made without the permission of the DC comics and today , not many copies of the film exist . There was an earlier theatrical screening of Batman in 1943 but that was actually a 15-chapter theatrical serial , directed by Lambert Hillyer and stars Lewis Wilson as Batman and Douglas Croft as his Robin .
  14. Did you know... that Sazae-san ( created in 1969 ) , is the longest running anime series with over 7300 episodes aired ? Also in 2013 Sazae-san was awarded Guinness World Record for the longest running animated television series in the world .
  15. Did you know... that Paris Hilton is permanently banned from Oktoberfest ? Dressed in her skimpiest Bavarian ‘'dirndl’' ( the traditional Oktoberfest dress ) , the American socialite showed up to the 2006 to promote a brand of canned wine , without any sort of prior arrangement with the Oktoberfest organizers . After some sizeable and intoxicated public outrage , Paris was banished from ever returning to the party .
  16. Did you know... that long before Mr. Potato Head was featured on ‘'Toy Story’' , it was on television ? In fact , it was the first toy to have a TV commercial back in 1952 .
  17. Fact of the Day - YAKUZA Did you know... that Yubitsume is the Yakuza ritual of chopping off part of one’s pinky as either punishment or an apology ? The reason : amputation of the little finger makes a proper grip on a samurai sword impossible , weakening him in battle and forcing the person to be more reliant on his boss for protection .
  18. Did you know... that there is an 82-foot tall aquarium that holds more than 1.500 fish and has a glass elevator that runs up and down the center of the tank ? It has to be cleaned by divers , three or four times each day . The German AquaDom is the largest freestanding cylindrical aquarium in the world .
  19. I'm back ! Did you know... that France was first country to introduce a ‘'registration plate’' in 1893 with the passage of the Paris Police Ordinance ?
  20. Did you know... that the cougar has the largest range of any native land mammal in the western hemisphere ? It occurs from Canada south to Patagonia , and is found in almost every type of habitat . That includes forests , high mountains , deserts and even urban jungles .
  21. Did you know... that annually approximately 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide and more than one million bags are used every minute ? Over the last ten years we have produced more plastic than during the whole of the last century .
  22. Did you know... that the Egyptians built a t-shaped sundial comprising of a crossbar and a vertical stick ? On the stick , five hours were written . Another fact - the largest sundial in the world was constructed in 1724 in Jaipur ( India ) . It covers almost one acre in size .
  23. Did you know... that most of the times the goal of archaeological research is to find cause and effect explanations of human behavior over the centuries ? Studying the past actually helps scientists understand the present and can sometimes help scientists predict the future .
  24. Did you know... that in the 18th century , operas were specifically composed for marionettes ? Mozart as a child had seen marionettes . Gluck , Haydn , de Falla and Respighi all composed adult operas for marionettes . Lewis Carroll composed marionette operas and plays for his siblings' entertainment . Today in Salzburg ( Austria ) , the Salzburg Marionette Theatre still continues the tradition of presenting full-length opera using marionettes in their own theatre .
  25. Did you know... that the word ''photography'' has Greek origins ? It comes from photos which means light , and graphein which means to draw . The term was first used during the 1830s . When joined together , the words mean ''drawing with light'' . Traditionally , Sir John Herschel is credited for coining the term ''photography'' and making it known among the masses . Although some other people , including Hercules Florence and Johann von Maedler also have used this term in their writings . Earlier , photographs were called as sun prints or heliographs .
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