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

DEC 2016


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12/1/16     The five-second rule is a myth: bacteria can live after four weeks on carpet. And, thanks to "microbial adhesion," germs such as the following are immediately transferred to food: Salmonella typhimurium, Campylobacter, and Salmonella enteritis, a nasty bacterium that causes horrible diarrhea and vomiting. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
12/2/16     Iraqis celebrate two New Year's Days. The first celebration is Muharram on the first month of the Muslim calendar. Some Iraqis also celebrate New Year's Eve on December 31 of the Gregorian calendar. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
12/3/16     When Tutankhamen's tomb was opened in 1922, the wine jars buried with him were labeled with the year, the name of the winemaker, and comments such as "very good wine." The labels were so specific that they could actually meet modern wine label laws of several countries. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
12/4/16     Coined by the National Retail Federation in 2005 to generate consumer excitement, Cyber Monday (the Monday after Thanksgiving) is the online equivalent of Black Friday. In 2009, Cyber Monday generated $887 million. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
12/5/16     Approximately 90% of people with Type 2 diabetes are obese. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
12/6/16     In the early 1980s, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention traced a number of the first AIDS cases in the U.S. to Haitian immigrants. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
12/7/16     At the time of the Pearl Harbor attack, there were 96 ships anchored. During the attack, 18 were sunk or seriously damaged, including eight battleships. There were 2,402 American men killed and 1,280 injured. Three hundred and fifty aircraft were destroyed or damaged. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
12/8/16     The entire surface of the moon is covered in a layer of crushed and powdered rocks called regolith (from the Greek rhegos = blanket + lithos = rock). The dust is a result of millions of years of bombardment from space by tiny micrometeorites. - Provided by FactRetriever.com


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