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FACT-OF-THE-DAY ARCHIVE
"Our life is what our thoughts make it."
- Marcus Aurelius

NOV 2017


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DATE FACT OF THE DAY
11/1/17     The famous Great Pyramid at Giza was built as a burial place for King Khufu (2589-2566 B.C.) and took more than 20 years to build. It is built from over two million blocks of limestone, each one weighing as much as two and a half elephants. It stands about 460 feet (149 m) high-taller than the Statue of Liberty. The base of the Great Pyramid takes up almost as much space as five football fields. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/2/17     Stalin was hit by a horse-drawn carriage twice as a child, which led to permanent damage of his left arm. This injury exempted him from fighting in WW I where he would have likely died. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/3/17     The US Army is older than the United States itself. The Continental Army, officially established and led by future first president George Washington in 1775, helped lead to victory over the British in the Revolutionary War allowing the establishment of the United States of America in 1776.- Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/4/17     When a spider travels, it always has four legs touching the ground and four legs off the ground at any given moment. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/5/17     Warm Dr Pepper was popular in the southern United States during the 1960s. This warm, syrupy drink was thought to help with colds and other ailments. It was also a popular drink at Christmas parties. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/6/17     France celebrates July 14th as its Fete Nationale (Independence Day), which is the founding of its current Constitutional Monarchy, or the First Republic. The celebration actually commemorates the storming of the Bastille Prison on July 14, 1789, which sparked the French Revolutionary War. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/7/17     Between 10 and 20 grams of caffeine will kill a person. This is equivalent to 4.69 gallons of coffee. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/8/17     Generally, a concussion is not accompanied by loss of consciousness. It is possible, and fairly common, for people to have a concussion and not even realize it. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/9/17     The tiger is the national animal of both India and Bangladesh. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/10/17     A humanís little finger contributes over 50% of the handís strength. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/11/17     Approximately 1-2% of humans, or about two in 100 people in the world, have red hair. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/12/17     The average person has about 1,460 dreams a year. Thatís about four per night. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/13/17     The first modern book on body language appeared more than 350 years ago. John Bulwerís Chirologia: Or the Natural Language of the Hand (1644) was a pioneering work on hand movements. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/14/17     Greece has more international airports than most countries because so many foreign tourists want to visit.- Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/15/17     In the last half-billion years, there have been only five waves of mass extinction. Many scientists believe we are now in a sixth, with dozens of species going extinct every day. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/16/17     A massive 8.8 earthquake in Chile moved the city of Concepcion 10 feet to the west on February 27, 2010. This quake also shortened Earth's day and slightly changed the rotation of the planet. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/17/17     In the Pacific Ocean, there is a ďGreat Pacific Garbage Patch,Ē which is about the size of Texas. The garbage extends 20 feet (6 meters) down into the water and contains over 3.5 million tons of garbage. It is estimated to double in size in the next 5 years. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/18/17     Hurricanes in the Southern Hemisphere spin in a clockwise direction. Hurricanes in the Northern Hemisphere turn counterclockwise. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/19/17     A tsunami is usually caused by an earthquake but can also be caused by a volcanic eruption, landslide, rapid changes in atmospheric pressure, or a meteorite. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/20/17     Ocean pollution kills over one million seabirds each year. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/21/17     There are approximately 1,500 active volcanoes, not counting undersea volcanoes. Of these, only about 20-30 erupt in any one year. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/22/17     Only 10% of energy in a light bulb is used to create light. Ninety percent of a light bulbís energy creates heat. Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), on the other hand, use about 80% less electricity than conventional bulbs and last up to 12 times as long. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/23/17     Body language seems to have three major uses: 1) as a conscious replacement for speech, 2) to reinforce speech, and 3) as a mirror or betrayer of mood. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/24/17     Aside from those who experience certain kinds of injury, itís a biological fact that everyone dreams. However, not everyone remembers his or her dreams. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/25/17     Messages from the human brain travel along nerves at up to 200 miles an hour (322 km/h). - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/26/17     At various times in history, left-handedness has been seen as many things: a nasty habit, a mark of the devil, a sign of neurosis, rebellion, criminality, and homosexuality. It has also been seen as a trait indicating creativity and musical abilities. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/27/17     Hair color is based on how much melanin, or pigmentation, is in the hair. Two types of melanin create hair color: 1) eumelanin and 2) phaeomelanin. The more eumelanin a person has, the darker their hair will be. Phaeomelanin works in a similar way, except instead of causing hair to be blacker, it causes hair to be more red. Low levels of both eumelanin and phaeomelanin characterize blonde hair. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/28/17     Though weighing only 11 ounces on average, a healthy heart pumps 2,000 gallons of blood through 60,000 miles of blood vessels each day. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/29/17     In 1894, Russian scientist Marie Mikhailovna de Manaceene conducted one of the earliest experiments on extreme sleep deprivation. She found that when she deprived puppies of sleep, they all died within four or five days, despite every effort to keep them alive. The younger the puppy, the more quickly it died. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/30/17     The National Commission on Sleep Disorders estimates that 60 million Americans are chronically sleep deprived and claims this condition is perhaps one of the biggest health problems plaguing our society today. Planned napping is one way to combat sleep deprivation. - Provided by FactRetriever.com


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FACT-OF-THE-DAY ARCHIVE
"Our life is what our thoughts make it."
- Marcus Aurelius

NOV 2017


Previous Archives

DATE FACT OF THE DAY
11/1/17     The famous Great Pyramid at Giza was built as a burial place for King Khufu (2589-2566 B.C.) and took more than 20 years to build. It is built from over two million blocks of limestone, each one weighing as much as two and a half elephants. It stands about 460 feet (149 m) high-taller than the Statue of Liberty. The base of the Great Pyramid takes up almost as much space as five football fields. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/2/17     Stalin was hit by a horse-drawn carriage twice as a child, which led to permanent damage of his left arm. This injury exempted him from fighting in WW I where he would have likely died. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/3/17     The US Army is older than the United States itself. The Continental Army, officially established and led by future first president George Washington in 1775, helped lead to victory over the British in the Revolutionary War allowing the establishment of the United States of America in 1776.- Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/4/17     When a spider travels, it always has four legs touching the ground and four legs off the ground at any given moment. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/5/17     Warm Dr Pepper was popular in the southern United States during the 1960s. This warm, syrupy drink was thought to help with colds and other ailments. It was also a popular drink at Christmas parties. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/6/17     France celebrates July 14th as its Fete Nationale (Independence Day), which is the founding of its current Constitutional Monarchy, or the First Republic. The celebration actually commemorates the storming of the Bastille Prison on July 14, 1789, which sparked the French Revolutionary War. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/7/17     Between 10 and 20 grams of caffeine will kill a person. This is equivalent to 4.69 gallons of coffee. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/8/17     Generally, a concussion is not accompanied by loss of consciousness. It is possible, and fairly common, for people to have a concussion and not even realize it. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/9/17     The tiger is the national animal of both India and Bangladesh. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/10/17     A humanís little finger contributes over 50% of the handís strength. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/11/17     Approximately 1-2% of humans, or about two in 100 people in the world, have red hair. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/12/17     The average person has about 1,460 dreams a year. Thatís about four per night. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/13/17     The first modern book on body language appeared more than 350 years ago. John Bulwerís Chirologia: Or the Natural Language of the Hand (1644) was a pioneering work on hand movements. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/14/17     Greece has more international airports than most countries because so many foreign tourists want to visit.- Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/15/17     In the last half-billion years, there have been only five waves of mass extinction. Many scientists believe we are now in a sixth, with dozens of species going extinct every day. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/16/17     A massive 8.8 earthquake in Chile moved the city of Concepcion 10 feet to the west on February 27, 2010. This quake also shortened Earth's day and slightly changed the rotation of the planet. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/17/17     In the Pacific Ocean, there is a ďGreat Pacific Garbage Patch,Ē which is about the size of Texas. The garbage extends 20 feet (6 meters) down into the water and contains over 3.5 million tons of garbage. It is estimated to double in size in the next 5 years. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/18/17     Hurricanes in the Southern Hemisphere spin in a clockwise direction. Hurricanes in the Northern Hemisphere turn counterclockwise. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/19/17     A tsunami is usually caused by an earthquake but can also be caused by a volcanic eruption, landslide, rapid changes in atmospheric pressure, or a meteorite. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/20/17     Ocean pollution kills over one million seabirds each year. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/21/17     There are approximately 1,500 active volcanoes, not counting undersea volcanoes. Of these, only about 20-30 erupt in any one year. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/22/17     Only 10% of energy in a light bulb is used to create light. Ninety percent of a light bulbís energy creates heat. Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), on the other hand, use about 80% less electricity than conventional bulbs and last up to 12 times as long. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/23/17     Body language seems to have three major uses: 1) as a conscious replacement for speech, 2) to reinforce speech, and 3) as a mirror or betrayer of mood. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/24/17     Aside from those who experience certain kinds of injury, itís a biological fact that everyone dreams. However, not everyone remembers his or her dreams. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/25/17     Messages from the human brain travel along nerves at up to 200 miles an hour (322 km/h). - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/26/17     At various times in history, left-handedness has been seen as many things: a nasty habit, a mark of the devil, a sign of neurosis, rebellion, criminality, and homosexuality. It has also been seen as a trait indicating creativity and musical abilities. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/27/17     Hair color is based on how much melanin, or pigmentation, is in the hair. Two types of melanin create hair color: 1) eumelanin and 2) phaeomelanin. The more eumelanin a person has, the darker their hair will be. Phaeomelanin works in a similar way, except instead of causing hair to be blacker, it causes hair to be more red. Low levels of both eumelanin and phaeomelanin characterize blonde hair. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/28/17     Though weighing only 11 ounces on average, a healthy heart pumps 2,000 gallons of blood through 60,000 miles of blood vessels each day. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/29/17     In 1894, Russian scientist Marie Mikhailovna de Manaceene conducted one of the earliest experiments on extreme sleep deprivation. She found that when she deprived puppies of sleep, they all died within four or five days, despite every effort to keep them alive. The younger the puppy, the more quickly it died. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
11/30/17     The National Commission on Sleep Disorders estimates that 60 million Americans are chronically sleep deprived and claims this condition is perhaps one of the biggest health problems plaguing our society today. Planned napping is one way to combat sleep deprivation. - Provided by FactRetriever.com


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