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

JAN 2017


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1/1/17     President James Garfield could write Latin with one hand and Greek with the other hand simultaneously. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/2/17     Seventy-five percent of all gold in circulation has been extracted since 1910. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/3/17     In early 1987, Ross Perot invested $20 million in the computer platform NeXT, developed by Steve Jobs. However, he resigned from the company's board of directors and sold most of his shares before Apple bought NeXT and Steve Jobs returned to his company. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/4/17     In 1923, Mark Sennett, Harry Chandler, and the Los Angeles Times put up the "Hollywoodland" (later shortened to "Hollywood") sign to publicize a real estate development. The sign cost $21,000. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/5/17     Over 50 million tourists a year visit Italy. Tourism is vital to Italy's economy and provides nearly 63% of Italy's national income. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/6/17     Ninety percent of all hurricane deaths result from storm surges, which can reach over 20 feet high and extend nearly 100 miles. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/7/17     India, with a population of over 1 billion, eats the least amount of meat in the world with just 7 pounds of meat annually per person. Bangladesh comes in second, with 9 pounds, while the Democratic Republic of the Congo eats about 10 pounds of meat per person. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/8/17     As of July 2011, the population of Egypt was 82,079,663, making it the 15th most populated country in the world. Approximately 99% of the population lives on about 5.5% of the land. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/9/17     Humans have more brain cells at the age of two than at any other time of their lives. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/10/17     According to the World Health Organization, 1.8 million children are involved in pornography and prostitution. Over 1.2 million children have been trafficked. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/11/17     The United States makes up only 4% of the world's population, yet it is the number one producer of garbage. In 2006, Americans generated more than 250 million tons of garbage. Canada produces 31 million tons of garbage per year. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/12/17     Twenty-five million people die each year from contaminated water. That is the entire population of Canada. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/13/17     The cacao bean naturally contains almost 300 different flavors and 400 separate aromas. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/14/17     Smuggling a cat out of ancient Egypt was punishable by death. Phoenician traders eventually succeeded in smuggling felines, which they sold to rich people in Athens and other important cities. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/15/17     The 9.0 earthquake that struck Japan March 11, 2011 was the worst earthquake in Japan's history. It created a tsunami with waves as high as 30 feet (10 meters) and severely damaged nuclear power plants. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/16/17     Humans produce about 10,000 gallons of saliva in a lifetime. Saliva is required for taste - until food is dissolved by saliva, we cannot taste it. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/17/17     Married elderly people are more likely to maintain daily health-promoting habits, such as exercising, not smoking, eating breakfast, and having regular medical check-ups. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/18/17     The oldest piece of paper in the world was found in China and dates back to the second or first century B.C. Paper was so durable, it was sometimes used for clothing and even light body armor. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/19/17     A ship has a heavy keel in the lower part to keep it from capsizing. Fish, on the other hand, have the keel on top. If the paired fins stop functioning to keep the fish balanced, the fish turns over because its heaviest part tends to sink, which happens when it dies. - Provided by FactRetriever.com


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