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Fact of the Day - POTOMAC RIVER

 

Did you know... that the Potomac river has 6.11 million people with its watershed and covers almost 15,000 square miles?  It reaches into West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and the District of Colombia.

 

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Did you know... ( this is a weird one ) President John Quincy Adams swam naked in the Potomac every day ? One day Anne Royall ( one of the first female journalists ) forced Adams to give her an interview by standing on his clothes and refusing to move , until she got her questions answered .

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Fact of the Day - PLAY-DOH

 

Did you know.... that play-doh wasn't intended to be a kid's toy? According to AdWeek, Kutol, a Cincinnati-based company, was struggling amid the Great Depression.  To revive their business, Cleo and Joseph McVicker created a product - which we now know as Play-Doh - to clean wallpaper from soot and smoke (it was the age of coal after all).  It worked, until vinyl wallpaper, oil and gas entered the market in the 50s. Around this time, Joseph's sister-in-law brought Kutol's wallpaper cleaning  dough into her classroom to make clay Christmas ornaments. And, well, the rest is history.

 

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Did You Know... The Play-Doh boy created in 1960 and pictured on every can of Play-Doh is named Play-Doh Pete ? Also more than 2-3 billion cans of Play-Doh have been sold since 1956 .

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6 hours ago, Grundy said:

Did You Know... The Play-Doh boy created in 1960 and pictured on every can of Play-Doh is named Play-Doh Pete ? Also more than 2 billion cans of Play-Doh have been sold since 1956 .

Did you know... It's actually 3 billion cans sold since 1956, and that a PLAY-DOH! fragrance was invented? Smell like play-doh! anywhere you like

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Did you know... that play-doh  got a state-of-the-art upgrade in 2016, when Hasbro launched Touch Shape to Life Studio, an app that lets kids turn their Play-Doh creations into animated characters?

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Fact of the Day - PHOBIAS

 

Did you known... that "hippopomonstrosesquippedaliophobia" is the technical name for 'the fear of long words'?

 

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Did you know... what Johnny Depp , Daniel Radcliffe and P. Diddy have in common ? Coulrophobia or the fear of clowns ... like IT 🤡

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Did you know... that there are phobias that can make you obsess about your health to the point where you tend to buy medicine for just about anything putting your local pharmacy medical racks to shame? It's called hypochondriac, while some might find that humorous, this can cause an immensely amount of unhealthy stress. 

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Fact of the Day - THE ARTS

 

Did you know... that between 1912 and 1948, the Olympic Games awarded medals in sculpture, music, painting, and architecture?  After the Olympics were skipped during the war years, it returned in 1948, but after a debate, the competitions were scrapped.  John Copley of Britain won one of the final medals awarded, a silver in 1948 for his engraving, "Polo Players," according to Smithsonianmag.com.  He was 73 years old at the time, and would be the oldest medalist in Olympic history if his victory still counted.

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Did you know... that most people had never heard of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa until it was stolen in 1911 . The painting was over 350 years old before critics and scholars began to recognize it as a masterpiece , and even then , it was mostly unknown outside of the art world .

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Fact of the day - HIEROGLYPHICS

 

Did you know... that hieroglyphics was the written language of the Egyptians? It was composed of sacred characters called hieroglyphs that were used for religious or governmental purposes.

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Did you know... that in Mesopotamia ( somewhere around modern Iraq ) the Sumerians developed a writting system a little earlier than the Egyptians . There is evidence of contact between Egypt and Mesopotamia prior to the time when hieroglyphs were developed . Both Sumerians and Egyptians had a pictorial form , although the more simplified Cuneiform script quickly replaced traditonal writing in Mesopotamia .  It is likely that the Mesopotamians showed the Egyptians the ideea of writing .

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Did you know... that there are over 700 hieroglyphics in the ancient Egyptian symbols and some of them can stand for an whole word.

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Fact of the Day - DRAGONS

 

Did you know... that the dragon myth can be found in absolutely all cultures around the world ?

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Sorry, I missed posting Sunday and Monday's fact of the day. 

 

@Grundy thank you for starting today's fact!

 

Did you know... that beliefs about dragons vary drastically by region?  The dragons in western cultures since the High Middle Ages have often been depicted as winged, four-legged, and capable of breathing fire.

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Fact of the Day - VOLCANOES

 

Did you know... that the tallest volcano in the Solar System isn't on Earth?  That's right, it's not on Earth but on Mars.  Olympus Mons, on Mars, is a giant shield volcano that rises to an elevation of 27 km, and it measures 550 km across. Scientists say that Olympus Mons was able to get so large because there aren't any plate tectonics on Mars.  A single hotspot was able to bubble away for billions of years, building the volcano up bigger and bigger.

 

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Did you know... that the southernmost active volano on the planet is Antartica's Mount Erebus ? It is also home to Earth's only long-lived lava lakes .

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Fact of the Day - PAPER

 

Did you know.... that paper is formed from wood pulp and plant fiber and chiefly used for written communication? 

 

The earliest paper was papyrus, made from reeds by the ancient Egyptians.  Paper was made by the Chinese in the second century, probably by a Chinese court official names Cai Lun.  His paper was made from such things as tree bark and old fish netting.  Recognized almost immediately as a valuable secret, it was 500 years before the Japanese acquired knowledge of the method.  Paper-making was known in the Islamic world from the end of the eighth century a.d.  Knowledge of paper-making eventually moved westward, and the first European paper mill was built at Jativa, in the province of Valencia, Spain, in about 1150.  By the end of the 15th century, paper mills existed in Italy, France, Germany, and England, and by the end of the 16th century, paper was being made throughout Europe.

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