Interesting Facts - Page 176

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The "high five" is a relatively recent phenomenon. The first high five in recorded history happened between Dusty Baker and Glenn Burke of the Los Angeles Dodgers on October 2, 1977.
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When tomatoes were brought from America to Europe, they were initially thought to be poisonous and grown instead as a decorative plant.
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"Achy Breaky Heart" by Billy Ray Cyrus was the first song to ever go triple platinum in Australia.
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In the 1700s, the Holy Roman Empire consisted of about 1,800 quasi-independent states – many of which were only a couple square kilometers in size.
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Was Socrates a good teacher? Maybe not. One of his students, named Critias, led Athens during a reign of terror which killed an estimated 5% of the city's population.
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Aug 13, 2023
Credit @sssaaa for #876.

Credit @Xtrordinary for #877.

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Aug 13, 2023
Fact: the Brazilian state of Amapá was formerly known as Montenegro for a brief period of time before being renamed after the Amapá tree. No, there is no correlation between this and the country Montenegro.
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Aug 14, 2023
A three-year old child got a 2,500$ ticket for urinating in public in 2012.

People these days...

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Aug 16, 2023
And they think street-pissers can afford that?
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Aug 26, 2023
2,500$ is probably their life savings.
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A Quasi Star is a theoretical star that has a black hole in its core and is much larger than the largest star, Stephenson 2-18.
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Aug 26, 2023
Weirdly enough the population of Amapá and Montenegro are both in the 600,000's (according to Wikipedia)
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Aug 27, 2023
Amapá is also almost exactly 10 times larger than Montenegro, with its ~55,000 sq. miles to Montenegro’s ~5,330 miles.
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Aug 14, 2023
Fact suggestion: The tiny CDP of Blanchard, North Dakota, was once home to the world's tallest structure, the KVLY-TV mast, despite having a population of only 5 people in 2019. Although the radio mast was shortened in an antenna change and advances in technology have allowed taller structures to be built, the nearby CDP of Galesburg is still home to the KXJB-TV mast, the tallest structure in the United States, despite having only 118 people.

(By the way, a CDP is a census-designated place.)

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Element 93 (now known as Neptunium) was 'discovered' (although was actually discovered several years after) by Enrico Fermi in 1934. One of the naming suggestions of the element was 'Fascium', coming from the word 'Fasces', a symbol of ancient Rome - although this name and symbolism of the Fasces were heavily supported by the Fascist political party (particularly by Mussolini) in Italy (where Fermi came from)
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The name Littorio, named after Roman lictores who carried Fasces (the symbol of Fascism at the time) was also supported by Fascist authorities.

Also fun fact, Fermi 's experiment didn't discover Neptunium, instead discovering nuclear fission by accident

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Aug 16, 2023
Jakarta's airport (Soekarno–Hatta International Airport), aside from having the most dreadful queue waiting experience, has the IATA code CGK

What does have the IATA code JAK though, Jacmel Airport in Haiti. Jackson Hole Airport in Wyoming has the IATA code JAC.

There are more examples of cities having weird IATA codes btw.

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Aug 16, 2023
Panama City's (Florida) code is ECP, which stands not for a location but rather “Everyone Can Party.”
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Aug 16, 2023
The immature may enjoy Perm International, Butler Memorial, and the Sembach Kaserne.
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Aug 19, 2023
Here's a pretty good video explaining that
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Aug 21, 2023
George Bush vomited on the Japanese Prime Minister's (Kiichi Miyazawa's) lap. The slang word 'Bushusuru' was created in Japanese, roughly translating into 'Do the Bush thing'
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Aug 21, 2023
No need to judge… in his own words, "I think we agree, the past is over."
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Aug 22, 2023
Indeed
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Aug 29, 2023
Mali recently removed French as its official language, opting for 13 national languages as official. French is a 'working language' in Mali now.
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Sep 2, 2023
Not really a fact for this page, but there is an Ireland-shaped maze in Ireland (in Wicklow). It even seems to have county borders as the maze walls. Found this out whilst scrolling in Google Earth.

(location: 52°47'40"N 6°39'39"W)

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Greenland was partially claimed by Norway in the 1930's, that claimed territory being named Erik the Red's Land. Certain parts of the East coast of Greenland fell under this claim. The Norwegian government abandoned this claims, however, in 1933.
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7-Eleven was once named Tote'm Stores when a manager (Jenna Lira) bought an Alaskan totem pole as a souvenir and placed it in front of her store. The totem pole (as a marketing tool) was so effective that the stores adopted an Native-Alaskan style and each one had a totem pole in front of the store.
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Most adults in the Middle Ages did not die in their 30s or 40s. Indeed, that statistic is skewed by high infant / child mortality rates, and if you could survive childhood you would probably live to see your 60s.
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The farmers in American Gothic are father and daughter, not husband and wife.
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Nope. Not even close. I don't know why people keep repeating this.

Mortality was much higher at ALL age brackets.

https://www.sarahwoodbury.com/life-expectancy-in-the-middle-ages/

"Archaeological evidence indicates that Anglo-Saxons back in the Early Middle Ages (400 to 1000 A.D.) lived short lives. Field workers unearthed 65 burials (400 to 1000 A.D.) from Anglo-Saxon cemeteries in England and found NONE who lived past 45. "

Emphasis mine.

Any student of history knows that kings and dukes were always dying well before their 60s, even if some did make it that long. Keep in mind, that is high nobility. Average people died much sooner.

This doesn't even mention the impact of child-bearing on the life expectancy of women.

So, no, adults did not live into their 60s on average.

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Africa is larger than monaco by land area
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Really?! My world view is shattered!
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The state of Florida is larger than China (assuming you measure the Republic of China).
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Monaco is more populous than Paris (Texas).
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Jupiter, FL is more populous than Le Mars, IA
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Aug 16, 2023
fun fact: i dont have a fact
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Aug 16, 2023
Then don't post. Simple as.
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Aug 18, 2023
Hey man. Facts are facts, even if the fact is that there is no fact.
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Aug 19, 2023
But then there isn’t a fact if the fact is that there’s no fact.

But if there’s no fact it is a fact that there isnt a fact

The Interesting Facts’ Paradox

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It's not a paradox, just a lie.
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Men's skin is about 20% thicker than women's.
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Aug 19, 2023
Not for you apparently if you got offended by my joke :skol:
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Aug 20, 2023
I wasn't offended. Unless this is some sort of pospostpostposttmetaironicsatire thing... in which case I'll just go live in a cave somewhere.
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Sep 5, 2023
calm down liveral- its called Dark Humour
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Aug 17, 2023
Some Christian groups believe that the serpent in the Garden of Eden mated with Eve, and that their child was Cain.
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Aug 19, 2023
does it really count as Christian if they believe something different from mainstream teaching? maybe a cult
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Aug 20, 2023
True point, but in this day and age we're still calling JWs and Mormons "Christians."
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Aug 20, 2023
I'm not sure how deep you dug into the Serpent Seed winehole, but it is pretty weird. It was a favorite of white supremacists, including the Klan and American Nazi Party, in order to explain why blacks were inferior to them.

It's also been used to justify predestination... just saying.

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Aug 21, 2023
gets weird pretty quick round there
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Aug 17, 2023
Iran is a cat shaped country
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Colorado is a Wyoming-shaped state.
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Wyoming is a Colorado-shaped state
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Wisconsin is a Tanzania-shaped state
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Sep 8, 2023
Wow you're right
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Aug 17, 2023
Angela Merkel's paternal grandfather likely fought against the Germans. He served in the Polish Blue Army, which fought for polish independence.
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The Confederacy had presidential term limits before the United States. Under its constitution, the President was limited to a single six-year term.

(I may have posted this before).

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The 1980 Turkish presidential election was run over 115 rounds, all unsuccessful at electing anyone, before the military staged a coup.
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The Maldivian police once detained a coconut for its supposed use in election rigging.
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Thanks for source.
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Illinois still officially recognizes Pluto as a planet.
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San Marino is neither the biggest city in San Marino, nor is it the biggest San Marino. (San Marino in San Marino: 4061, Serravalle in San Marino: 10878, San Marino in California: 12513)
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Aug 27, 2023
HOW? I was just about to submit this bc I discovered it myself too! I was so excited just to see someone managed to post the exact same fact!
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Aug 31, 2023
woah thats crazy
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Aug 25, 2023
Execute can mean start or end if you think about it

start: execute a command

end: execute someone

i know this is a long shot but i just thought of it

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Sep 15, 2023
These are called contranyms another example includes off:

My alarm went off (turn on)

I turned the light off (turn off)

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Nov 9, 2023
Once someone said they were negative for Covid so I started freaking out
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From 1777 to 1870, Vermont had a fourth branch of government known as the Council of Censors. Consisting of thirteen members, they had the authority to check that "the legislative and executive branches of government have performed their duty as guardians of the people." Additionally, they could call a convention to amend the state constitution.
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The New Hampshire House of Representatives has 400 members, each of whom are compensated just $200 for each two-year term.

According to my tour guide at the state capitol (who was himself a former representative!) the reason the state has so many libertarians is because the legislature can't get a damn thing done.

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His proposal, by the way, was to rent out the place as a movie theater during the legislature's off season. Smart guy.
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Aug 30, 2023
Calvin Coolidge did not run for the vice-presidential nomination at the 1920 Republican Convention—in fact, he wasn't even in town. As others were being nominated for the role, delegates began to shout and chant for Coolidge, and he won it on the first ballot.
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In 1969, a drunk Richard Nixon ordered a nuclear strike on North Korea for shooting down a spy plane. Fortunately, then-National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger was able to suspend the order until Nixon was sober.
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Austria has a section of land that is both fully contiguous and an exclave. This is a due to the unique pene-exclave formed by a quadripoint on the summit of Sorgschrofen.
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Sep 2, 2023
Its probably an error, but google maps shows a 16 foot gap
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Sep 3, 2023
It is. Google Maps is notoriously unreliable for precise border lines.
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Sep 4, 2023
yeah thats what i thought
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Sep 3, 2023
Edinburgh is further west than Bristol.
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Sep 4, 2023
dover is further east than lerwick
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Sep 4, 2023
For real for real?
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Sep 4, 2023
im actually not being sarcastic i just found that interesting
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Sep 5, 2023
Hafnarfjorður is further north than Evijarvi
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Sep 6, 2023
The last survivor of the Hindenburg died in just 2019.
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The longest tennis match in history lasted 11 hours and 5 minutes. Contested at Wimbledon in 2010, John Isner defeated Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 3-6, 6-7, 7-6, 70-68.
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There is a jingle for the Barbados census (https://stats.gov.bb/census/)
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Latvia is an observer state of the African Union, but countries like the USA, China, France, and Russia are not.
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Sep 8, 2023
It's for commerce, in case anyone was wondering. Kazakhstan and Haiti are also observers.
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Sep 8, 2023
I just recently discovered this gold mine of interesting facts, I read through and there is plenty of interesting stuff. My favorite is the buttered cat paradox (real thing!) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Unusual_articles
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The official demonym of Hawaii is "Hawaii resident."
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Sep 9, 2023
Technically, East Germany still exist in the form of Ernst Thälmann Islands near Cuba
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Sep 9, 2023
Sadly, the change was merely symbolic. But it would've been funny.
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The following discord server has a trove of these: https://discord.com/channels/980864248357982269/1007933789542031381 every day 5 new fascinating facts come out in one of the channels.
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In its first and second iterations, the Ku Klux Klan was extremely centralized. Not only were there four layers of subdivision (the empire, realms, provinces, and klaverns), but each had its own ruling council complete with lodge security, strict initiation processes, and even a judiciary.
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The judiciary was very fleshed-out, as well. The Council of Yahoos (real name) would try leading officers, while the Council of Centaurs would try regular members (known as ghouls). It was even possible to impeach the Grand Wizard via a meeting of the Grand Dragons (the governors of realms).
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Sep 11, 2023
Despite sharing the longest border in the world, the United States and Canada only share one border on an island: Currys Island in Lake of the Woods
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Sep 11, 2023
That is not true.
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Sep 12, 2023
Doesn't Look divided to me but idk
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Sep 12, 2023
The thinnest panhandle in the world belongs to Serbia (I believe)
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Sep 12, 2023
Uganda has a Peneexclave that is only 43 feet long
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Sep 12, 2023
As far as my research has gone so far, Monaco and the Vatican are the only countries without islands. This will likely change tho
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https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/03/Monaco2021OSM.png - at the North side of Port de Fontvieille which is in the south of the country, south of Place du Palais, you can see an island
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Sep 13, 2023
ok thanks
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Sep 13, 2023
Seems to be a misdrawn pier.
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Sep 15, 2023
Is there an island to the southwest of that pier?
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Sep 13, 2023
Alaska only has one Indian Reservation