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Did you know... that the torch of the statue of liberty during its restoration in the year 1986, the new torch was carefully covered with thin sheets of 24k gold? How much did you think they drop in there... 😂

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Did you know... that there is a Monument tribute to the deceased firefighters on duty in Quebec Rosemont, Montreal?  The work was created by Montreal portrait sculptor Jean-Pierre Busque and inaugurated in 2013 in front of the building housing the Montreal Firefighters Association.  She represents a standing firefighter helping another, on his knees, coming out of a fire site where a colleague has just been killed.  The monument pays tribute to more than 225 deceased firefighters serving Quebec, whose names are engraved on the glass panels on the building behind.

 

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1 hour ago, DarkRavie said:

Did you know... that there is a Monument tribute to the deceased firefighters on duty in Quebec Rosemont, Montreal?  The work was created by Montreal portrait sculptor Jean-Pierre Busque and inaugurated in 2013 in front of the building housing the Montreal Firefighters Association.  She represents a standing firefighter helping another, on his knees, coming out of a fire site where a colleague has just been killed.  The monument pays tribute to more than 225 deceased firefighters serving Quebec, whose names are engraved on the glass panels on the building behind.

 

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This world seem to be filled with tragedies.

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Fact of the Day - TRAINS

 

Did you know... that today's bullet trains can top 300 mph? When Englishman Richard Trevithick launched the first practical steam locomotive in 1804, it averaged less than 10 mph.  Today, several high-speed rail lines are regularly travelling 30 times as fast.  When Japan's first Shinkansen or "bullet train," opened to coincide with the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, they were capable of running at speeds in excess of 130 mph.  In the 40 years since, the top speed of these trains has been steadily climbing, with a current world speed record of 361 mph.  Japan is no longer alone in the high-speed rail department however: France, China and Germany all operate trains capable of similar extreme speeds, and the plans are currently underway in the United States to construct a high-speed rail line connecting the California cities of San Francisco and Anaheim.

 

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Did you know... that the Trans-Siberian Railway at 9300 km (5,778 miles) Moscow - Vladivostok , it is the longest direct rail route in the world and entirely within Russia ? It takes a minimum of a week to traverse that distance by train .

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Did you know... that 40% of the worlds freight cargo is transported by train? and the number just keeps growing. 

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Fact of the Day - TRAINS

 

Did you know... that today's bullet trains can top 300 mph? When Englishman Richard Trevithick launched the first practical steam locomotive in 1804, it averaged less than 10 mph.  Today, several high-speed rail lines are regularly travelling 30 times as fast.  When Japan's first Shinkansen or "bullet train," opened to coincide with the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, they were capable of running at speeds in excess of 130 mph.  In the 40 years since, the top speed of these trains has been steadily climbing, with a current world speed record of 361 mph.  Japan is no longer alone in the high-speed rail department however: France, China and Germany all operate trains capable of similar extreme speeds, and the plans are currently underway in the United States to construct a high-speed rail line connecting the California cities of San Francisco and Anaheim.

 

Did you know... that the world speed record is 362.881 mph/584 km per hour. That one mile can take out of that achievement. 😂  

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Fact of the day - SPICES

 

Did you know... that what you know as cinnamon may not be from the real cinnamon tree?  Common grocery store cinnamon resembles a hard stick and is actually bark from the cassia family, which is a cousin of true cinnamon.  True cinnamon, cinnamomum verum, is more brittle, and delicate and has a flavor and aroma similar to cinnamon candy.

 

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Did you know... what is the real difference between spices and herbs ? Those two terms are often used side-by-side or interchangeably , but according to dictionaries , herbs are plant leaves ( fresh or dry ) while spices are every other part of the plant including roots , stems , flowers , seeds and berries ( most commonly dry ) . This means that plants with edible leaves and seeds ( like dill ) are both spices and herbs .
 

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Did you know... that achiote seeds also known as annatto seeds are used for other things besides coloring food. Mainly used in Latin America to color oils, rice dishes and meat dishes. It has also been used in cosmetics and fabrics. The more you know...

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Fact of the Day - VINYL RECORDS

 

Did you know... that phonograph records were made from shellac which was noisy and didn't last very long?  In 1931 RCA Victor released the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra performing Beethoven's Fifth Symphony under the direction of Leopold Stokowski on 12' vinyl - making it the first vinyl record.  Why the Philadelphia Symphony?  RCA Victor's headquarters and main factory were right across the Delaware River in Camden, NJ.  Later that year RCA introduced the vinyl 33 1/3 RPM LP, but in the midst of the Great Depression the product was a dismal failure. 

 

 

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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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Did you know... that turntables can sometimes play records cut on color vinyl differently than those cut on black vinyl ? Some people report skips on color record copies which do not happen on the same record pressed on black vinyl (a problem typically reserved for lower-end turntables) . Some people say the music itself can sound slightly different on color vinyl versus black vinyl versions of the same record . However , since the grooves are the same , this likely has more to do with the type of turntable or cartridge being used . Standard black vinyl is the quietest in terms of surface noise , followed by transparent colors and opaque colored vinyl . Random ( recycled ) color shades , split or splattered , glow in the dark , and glitter records are comparatively much noisier .
 

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Fact of the Day - NASCAR RACING

 

Did you know.... that NASCAR cars reach speeds about 150 mph, with many averaging speeds around 180 mph, and some pushing 200 mph.  At 200 mph, NASCAR drivers in one second travel 293 feet, almost the length of a football field.

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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... that no driver has died since NASCAR began requiring head-and-neck restraints in 2001? 
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Fact of the Day - SEASHELLS

 

Did you know... that seashells are mobile homes? A seashell isn't an animal.  It's a portable home for a wide variety of animals.  The animals that naturally live in these homes are mollusks.  That said, not all mollusks use a shell. The cephalopd family, which includes the octopus and squid, don't use a mobile home to keep them safe.  Instead, they use other means of defense, like their ink or poisonous suction cups on their tentacles. One thing that all mollusks have in common, whether they use a shell or not, is that they're all invertebrates.  This means they don't have a rigid backbone.  Most of the smaller mollusks, like clams or sea snails, use seashells as a means of defense against predators.  There is one special exception: hermit crabs also use seashells.

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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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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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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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