Interesting Facts - Page 173

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Remember how China built dozens of empty "ghost cities" with huge apartment buildings that nobody lives in? Not so fast. Many of these "ghost" cities, such as Kangbashi, now have large and growing populations.
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Obesity rates in developed countries may soon peak. Two new drugs, semaglutide and tirzepatide, have proven to be effective at helping patients safely and effortlessly lose weight. But it's not a free lunch. Two major downsides are the cost (≈$1000/month) and the fact that the drugs must be injected.
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Eddie Eagan is the only person to ever win a gold medal at both the Summer and Winter Olympics. He won as a boxer in 1920 and a bobsledder in 1932.
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The Constitution of Alabama was, at one point, the longest and most amended constitution in the world. At 51 times the length of the U.S. Constitution, it included 977 separate amendments. It had amendments related to the promotion of catfish, the exhumation of dead bodies, and two for bingo. Sadly, it was replaced with a much more concise version in 2022.
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Ghana has six witch camps, housing about 1000 women. The camps exist so that women accused of witchcraft can have a safe place to live without fear of being killed by their neighbors.
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Credit @QY for #864.
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The Cainites were a Gnostic sect that existed in the Roman Empire during the 3rd century. They venerated Cain and Judas not as traitors to righteousness, but rather victims of a spirit who demanded order within the universe. They seemed to have died out in the 4th century, though the exact cause of this remains unknown.
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There is a polar bear jail or as the owners call a "holding facility", in Churchill, Manitoba, where polar bears considered dangerous are held before they are relocated.
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During the French Revolution, a new calendar was made so it didn't have religious or royalist symbolism. It had 10 days in a week, and 12 new months.

For example, the day I am posting this, it is Statice, the first day in Houlette, which is in Floreal.

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Kim Jong-Il and soon-to-be-leader Kim Jong-Il once faked Brazilian passports in order to go to Disneyland.
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soon-to-be-leader Kim Jong-Un*
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The protoverse is a theoretical particle with an infinitely small size. At the present, all theories of it remain pure speculation.
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Abraham Lincoln's second cousin enlisted as a private in the Confederate Army.
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1. A well-known British medical journal, The Lancet, is named after the tool used in blood-letting.

2. Sauerkrout was renamed Liberty Cabbage during WW1 in the United States due to Anti-German sentiment.

4. The Anglo-Zanzibar War lasted 38-45 minutes.

5. The American National Anthem, The Star Spangled Banner, has 3 extra stanzas that aren't sung. The German National Anthem is somewhat similar.

7. 24 Elements are man-made (out of 118). More could be possible.

9. Taiwan has border disputes with many countries that it doesn't border (being an island), since it claims the entirety of the Qing Dynasty.

11. Wilmer McLean fled his home which was near the Battle of Bull Run, to escape the fighting as the American Civil War started. However, the surrender at Appomattox Courthouse, considered the end of the war, happened in his parlor.

12. 117,000,000,000 humans have ever lived. That's 117 billion.

13. Edgar Allen Poe married his causin.

14. He died of TB, but so did his entire family.

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Lincoln went on to taunt Shields’ pursuit of women:

"His very features, in the ecstatic agony of his soul, spoke audibly and distinctly–'Dear girls, it is distressing, but I cannot marry you all. Too well I know how much you suffer; but do, do remember, it is not my fault that I am so handsome and so interesting.'"

Add to intresting quotes lmao

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sauerkraut*
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Neo still can't spell sauerkraut
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From 1830 to 1840, the number of slaves in Virginia actually decreased.
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Somatoparaphrenia is a kind of delusion where one denies ownership of a limb they have.

Tomatoes was once considered to be a poisonous fruit.

Nicolia aegyptiaca was once thought to be a dinosaur but was actually a plant.

In 2010 (on April Fools), the city of Topeka changed its name to Google. Google then jokingly changed their name to Topeka.

"Cocaine Bear" is the name of a bear that died from an overdose of cocaine.

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Fun fact, there are more Minecraft Accounts than books on the planet.
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Fang is a special type of water found only in the swamps of southern Vietnam. It is over 95% higher in thickness than water, allowing things to easily stand on and cross it. Additionally, it is unique for its high explosive property—it is estimated that 0.3% of bombs produced during the Vietnamese War employed fang.
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What? Where is this from?
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Vietnam.
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source pls?
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@qy lol
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Barack Obama is directly descended from John Punch, the first slave in America.
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In 1785, residents of eastern Tennessee attempted to create their own state, Franklin, named after Benjamin Franklin (who himself refused to endorse the idea). Not only did its state constitution ban doctors and attorneys from becoming lawmakers, but it also tried to join Spain after Congress refused to recognize its statehood.
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A bill to divide Idaho—giving the south to Nevada and the north to Washington—once passed Congress, but president Grover Cleveland vetoed it.
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By some estimates, the Oklahoma City metro area has a higher GDP than the entire country of Tanzania.
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Actually, if you'd prefer, mix and match yourself.
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The handshake was thought to be invented during prehistory (a period of history roughly around the first use of stone tools by hominins to the invention of writing systems).

The high-five, in comparison, was thought to be invented in 1977 (but variations existed in African-American culture during the 1920's)

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The Second World War had a massive impact on Soviet demographics (no surprise)

This is most clearly seen in the Soviet population pyramid, in which a massive trench is seen around age 45 (due to Soviet casualties in WW2)

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Alaska was almost bought by Liechtenstein
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How even?
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They wanted to purchase it
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The one major thing that stopped them was the size of Alaska. Probably pretty hard to govern considering Liechtenstein is smaller than modern-day Anchorage in area
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The Germans once invaded Liechtenstein by accident.
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According to the Australian constitution, New Zealand can join Australia at any time (although it would be very unlikely they would consider joining Australia)

Also there was a territory called Central Australia for a brief period between 1927 and 1931, whose capital was Alice Springs. At the time, this was the only Australian state/territory without any coastline

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Liechtenstein possessions used to be larger though - Czechoslovakia nationalised 1600 km2 as German property (10 times the size of Liechtenstein). Though Lie. eventually established diplomatic relations with Czechia and Slovakia in 2009, they haven't completely given up the dispute.
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From what I read, Liechtenstein didn't want to buy Alaska. Russia wanted to sell it to them. At the time, Russia was having trouble governing it and oil had not been discovered yet. Russia was not in a position to stretch themselves far, so they wanted Alaska gone. I speculate they did not want any superpower getting Alaska, hence the sale offer. When this failed, they sold it to the United States instead to prevent the British from getting it.
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@sssaaa what about the fist bump?
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Invented around the 1970's, probably around the time the handshake 'agreed' invention date
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ASASSN-V J213939.3-702817.4 was (is?) a star that began to randomly dim for no discernible reason. To this day, the cause remains unknown.
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A garden path sentence is one that, though grammatically sound, is intentionally written to confuse the reader.

Examples include “The old man the boat,” and “The horse raced passed the barn fell.”

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If anyone is wondering what the two are supposed to mean:

The old (as in multiple old persons) man the boat.

The horse (which was) raced past the barn fell.

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In all five instances in U.S. history where the winner lost the popular vote, a Democrat won the popular vote.
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Interesting fact: The French-born and minor Vaudeville celebrity "Ben Dova" survived the Hindenburg crash by leaping out of the blimp while it was still about a dozen feet off the ground. He claims he only suffered an ankle injury because he did a safety tumble upon landing. He eventually became an actor and had a small role in the 1976 film "Marathon Man".
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i thought you were trolling O_O
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I know, right? It’s a fantastic piece of trivia. He’s even credited as Ben Dova on IMDb. I didn’t even include how some of the crew adamantly believed that Ben Dova planted a bomb or something as a publicity stunt so he could jump out.
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There are no Constitutional requirements to be nominated as a federal judge.
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Until 2001, the Oregon constiution contained racist language, such as "free negroes".

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racism_in_Oregon#Anti-Black_Exclusion_Laws_and_Chinese_immigration_1844%E2%80%931859

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West Virginian Klansman and segregationist Robert Byrd was continually re-elected to the Senate until his 2010 death.
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The Alabaman Constitution allowed for school segregation and poll taxes until 2022.
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Physical Punishment in schools is currently legal in 19 states; and Pickens County, Alabama (but most likely more than just one county) even has official recommendations for the dimensions of the paddle the children, in most cases elementary school students, are hit with. In some cases, the paddle is HALF as big as the child it hits. Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5766273/
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This implies that school segregation and poll taxes were allowed until 2022 - which they weren't. They were made illegal by amendments to the U.S. constitution. It also implies that they were in some way "approved" by the people of Alabama which again, they weren't. It's just that changing outdated and unenforceable laws is not a high priority when there is actual business that needs to be done.

No doubt we can dig up all sorts of similar stuff in existing statues. I'm sure somewhere there is a law about what to do with witches and sorcerers, for example.

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or perhaps shooting Scotsmen with crossbows?
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Armadillos always have four babies at a time, all of which are identical and of the same sex.
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You can fit more Vatican City’s in Luxembourg than you can fit Luxembourg’s in Canada (by a significant amount too)
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(5,871 vs 3,861)
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vat cit*ies*
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Lithuania and Georgia had a "name exchange" in 2018. Georgia had petitioned for the Russian borrowing Gruzija to be replaced with the native name Sakartvelo, to reduce Russian influence. The name Sakartvelas was approved as an alternative name in Lithuanian in 2018.

Georgian also used the Russian-derived Liṭva for Lithuania, so the Georgian name was changed to Lieṭuva, derived from the native name, in the same year.

Source 1

Source 2

You can also see this on the Wikipedia pages of the countries in either language.

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The capital of Idaho is Boise while the capital (county seat) of Boise County, Idaho is Idaho City
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In 1987, Nevada created Bullfrog County - an uninhabited county in Nye County in order to discourage the US Government from building a nuclear waste site there. Nye County then sued Nevada claiming that the creation of Bullfrog County was unconstitutional. (If the site had been built, it would have granted Nye County economic benefits). Nye County won and in 1989, Bullfrog County was abolished. As of 2022 however, the site has still not been built as Nevada is still opposing it. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bullfrog_County,_Nevada
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According to Wikipedia (Source) Gillis Grafström also won gold medals in Summer and Winter Olympic Games, albeit both for figure skating.