Interesting Facts - Page 174

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Dinner used to be a mid-day meal, with supper eaten in the evening. Over the course of the 18th and 19th centuries, people ate dinner later and later. Eventually, it became so late it was now in the evening. Supper disappeared entirely and a new meal, lunch, was introduced to fill the gap between breakfast and dinner.
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Bhumibol Adulyadej, king of Thailand from 1946–2016, owned as many as 21 white elephants, the most of any king in Thai history.
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Aristotle believed that men had more teeth than women.
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The growth in India's population since the year 2000 is greater than the entirety of the United States population.
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According to legend, a Montana frontiersman named Liver-Eating Johnson killed, scalped, and ate the livers of 300 Crow Indians after one of them killed his wife.
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The only ever tied election for a Congressional seat was for Pennsylvania's 2nd District in 1826. There, Federalist John Sergeant and Jacksonian Henry Horn tied at 1,597 votes each. Next year's special election gave the seat to Sergeant.
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The isotope tellurium-128 has a half-life of 69 quettaseconds.

To put this in comparison, that is over 160 trillion times the age of the Universe.

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N I C E
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Ronald Reagan won the popular vote in the 1968 Republican primaries, but only secured about 155 delegates.
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Located in the Sahara Desert in Mauritania, Mbera Refugee Camp is home to around 47000 people, making it Mauritania's fourth largest city. And Mbera isn't even among the Top 10 biggest refugee camps
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New Mexico State University's first graduate class, the class of 1893, had a single member. He was shot before graduation.
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According to Hammurabi's Code, watering down beer is punishable by death.
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In 2006, the US Navy forced a man to abdicate as Grand Duke of a country that never actually existed.
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Elaborate?
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The context to this is when an American navy seaman and micro-nationalist named Travis McHenry who “established” a micro nation in Antarctica (called Westarctica) through a supposed loophole in the Antarctic Treaty System. His micro nation became a problem when he started reaching out to foreign nations to recognize his claimed territory at which point his superiors demanded his abdication.
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Thanks @Doug
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Transylvania University in Kentucky, despite having an active undergraduate population of about a thousand, has produced such alumni as Jefferson Davis, Cassius Clay, David Rice Atchinson, Stephen F. Austin, two vice presidents, two Supreme Court justices, over 150 congressmen, and over 30 governors.
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Part of New York is in the Gulf of Mexico watershed.
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Abigail Adams was both the first second lady and the second first lady.
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Though I suppose this one is more just fun with words.
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There are 44 cities in Iran named Allahabad.
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Which Allahabad do you live in?

The one in Iran.

Do you have any idea how little that narrows it down?

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Hoseynabad laughing in the corner
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I counted it and there are in total 420 of them which is funny number
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other notable examples include jamalabad with 31, jalalabad with 39 and ahmadabad with 183 cities
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wtf wrong with iran have some creativity
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china has 70, 65, 49, 21, 81 cities named

Xinglong,

Xilin

Xiangyang

Xiaohe

Xinhua

respectively

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32 cities in india named bag, 30 of them in himachal pradesh, all but one are under 1000 population and they all seem to be grouped together, almost as if they were on the same river of something
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Every sixty seconds in Jamalabad, a minute passes.
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and Rampur with 7 9 7 WHO IS RAM AND WHY DOES HE HAVE SO MANY PURS
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Random ideas:

In Alaska, although it is legal to shoot a bear, it is forbidden to wake it up to take a picture.

In the ancient Greek Olympics, athletes competed naked.

King Ismail of Morocco, who lived in the 18th century, is credited with 1,056 children.

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Calvin Coolidge's will was one sentence long.

“Not unmindful of my son, I give all of my estate, both real and personal, to my wife, Grace Coolidge, in fee simple.”

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not suprised
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The oldest written complaint was in the Sumerian city of Ur. A customer named Nanni complains to merchant Ea-nāsir, complaining that the copper ingots he had received were "sub-standard", and the servant he sent to get them was "treated rudely."
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A dog walks into a bar. Ouch.
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I've read the full version. The merchant was a pretty bad merchant.
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Al Capone's older brother was a prohibition agent.
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Nepal is the most populous country without a 1M+ city by city proper population
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According to the state constitution, anybody can walk into the Arkansas Treasury and demand to see the collected taxes (so as to make sure they haven't been stolen).
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Anyone? Even outside the state?
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The official text designates "citizens" may, but in practice (and on the Capitol tour, where they even let you hold some of it) they don't check.
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ferb i know what we're doing today
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The 1830 census reported over 2,000 individual blacks as slave owners. And while it is true many of them were simply buying their families back, plenty were employing slave labor—one Louisianan widow who grew sugar cane owned 152.
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Abe Lincoln had seriously planned to deport all the slaves after the Civil War, and considered Haiti, Liberia, and Panama as possible locations.
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The city of Chicago minted its own license plates from 1903 to 1907.
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Obligatory photo.
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In 1851, to thank the president for appointing him governor of Utah Territory, Brigham Young moved the territorial capital to Millard, located in Fillmore County.
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Another version of this story says the gesture was to convince Fillmore to admit Utah as a state. Take your pick.
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Fillmore is the city and Millard's the county? I think
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You are correct. My mistake.
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The last verified survivor of American slavery was Peter Mills. He died in 1972 not of old age, but by a car accident.
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Slavery wasn't abolished in some parts of New Jersey until 1865.
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Dwarf Eddie Gaedel was both the shortest person to make a plate appearance in MLB, and the bearer of the smallest uniform number: 1 / 8.
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Until 1891, none of Texas' governors had been born in the state.
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Paul Blart Mall Cop
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Avengers Infinity War
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Top Gun : Maverick

c'mon everyone lets make this a thread

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Shrek Forever After
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Puss in Boots
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Mission Impossible: Fallout
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
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Jeff Davis was Zachary Taylor's son-in-law.
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Davis, while still in the army, nearly dueled Taylor for the right to marry his daughter.
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Cos when a man shoots you in a duel it just makes you wanna give him your daughter to marry...
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If I'm not mistaken, Davis' plan was to show his class by not shooting directly at Taylor. Of course, it doesn't always work this way.
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In 2009, the British government falsely reported that the engineering firm Taylor and Sons had gone bankrupt (though they really meant Taylor and Son). Ironically, partners stopped doing business with the firm once the news got out, which led to them actually going bankrupt—though they eventually sued the government for compensation.
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Until 2020, Mississippi used an electoral college for statewide races, the only state to do so.
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Andrew Johnson's son-in-law was a Senator during his impeachment trial. He voted for acquittal, helping to push Johnson into the one-vote majority he needed.
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Right now, we are closer to the heat death of the universe than ever before
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omg
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sorry if that was depressing
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The island of Kiritimati, Kiribati, has four towns named London, Paris, Poland, and Banana.
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Only one respectively, also Paris is a ghost town
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I have a theory about why Aristotle thought men had more teeth than women, since at first that sounds absurd. I read somewhere that men are more likely to develop wisdom teeth than women, so speaking in general, that would technically mean men have more teeth women on average. Perhaps he observed or recorded someone else's observation that in general men do have more teeth than women
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Fact:

Tuvalu GDP is around 26 million, right?

To match Elon Musks Money, which is around 187 billion,

you need to times it by 7,226, and its still a little bit less than elon musks money.

Keep in mind that only around 0.7 percent of the world have 1 million, and its only 1/26th of tuvalu GDP!

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Source: M A T H
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In Prince George's County, MD (pop. 946 thousand), only 0.068% of the population lives in the county seat of upper marlsboro (pop. about 600), which is likely the lowest of any county in the US
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interesting, very
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Upper Marlboro
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The bolt holding rotor blades to a helicopter is called the Jesus Nut.
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In medieval times, the individual pawns on a chess board had names.
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Edward!
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Here—want to play?
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A duel between three is known as a truel.
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Some elephants have evolved without tusks in order to avoid poachers.
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Times Square was named after the New York Times, not the other way around. Before that, it was known as Longacre Square.
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1. If you place all the United Kingeom coins in the right order, they make the coat of arms.

2. Every Irish country has 1-3 colours, however over five counties use white and blue and Ofally uses the Irish flag.

3. The shortened name of Burmingham is B’ham.

4. Switzerland didn’t join the United Nations until 2002.

5. The O’ in an Irish name means desendant of.

6. Lots of cars from Saint Lucia are directly imported from Japan in Japanese

7. Until 2023, Wikipedia used an incorrect Vatican City flag. That means Jetpunk also did!

8. The government of the Republic of Chad does not have a website

9. The Vatican city has three popes per square kilometer

10. New York has one person per capita

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In JetPunk quizzes, most of the flags are wrong which has description regarding their country.
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“What the brick does this mean, Sammy?”
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In Tamil Nadu State in India, there are districts with an HDI (Human Development Index) higher than Switzerland (most developed country) and Districts with an HDI lower than South Sudan (least developed country)
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The Entire Southern Half of Kiribati is unpopulated.
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Ancient Greeks believed that cheetahs were the hybrid offspring of leopards and lionesses, much like a mule or liger.
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A python once at a man whole in Indonesia.
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Taken from one of overtired's quizzes—kiwis, pumpkins, and watermelons all grow on vines.
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Peanuts also grow under the ground.
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An elephant's foot is mostly muscle. Their actual foot bones are very similar to a human's.
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The iconic ‘Blue Marble’ photo of the Earth was actually taken upside down and looked like this. The Blue Marble photo was only created when the original image was cropped and flipped to reflect north on the top.

Yes I watched the recent Map Men video, why’d you ask?

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The West Side Baptist Church in Nebraska exploded in 1950 due to a gas leak. Usually, a choir would’ve been practicing in the church when the explosion happened.

However, no one was injured as all 15 members of the choir were miraculously late, all due to different reasons. Some of the reasons included: car troubles, completing unfinished homework, oversleeping, wanting to iron a dress and waiting to listen to the end of a radio show.

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John Tyler's father was a college roommate of Thomas Jefferson.
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In the 2010 Alaskan Senate election, primary loser Lisa Murkowski actually won the general election… via write-in votes.
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And I don't believe it's fact worthy, but in the 1990 Louisiana Senate election, the only Republican candidate was former Grand Wizard David Duke. He got 43.5% of the general vote.
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And in Missouri in 2000, the incumbent Republican Senator lost to a literal dead man.
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With the exception of Alan Shepard, who was born in 1923, every person who walked on the moon was born between 1930 and 1935.