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

APR 2017


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4/1/17     Among the native population of Africa, there are more physical variations than on any other continent in the world. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/2/17     There are more than 70,000 miles of highway in Texas, of which 40,985 are paved farm and ranch roads. Along Texas roads, there are more than a million signs and markers. Texas uses 1.6 million gallons of white and yellow paint each year to paint stripes along its highways. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/3/17     The quality that ancient Egyptians valued most was called ma'at, which means good behavior, honesty, and justice. Ma'at is also the name of the goddess of truth who, according to myth, weighs every Egyptian heart after death. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/4/17     Venice, Italy, is one of the world's most beautiful and unusual cities. It was founded over 1,400 years ago on a collection of muddy islands in a wide and shallow lagoon. It has been sinking into the mud for centuries and is plagued by floods. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/5/17     The earliest recorded earthquake is from 1831 B.C. in the Shandong province in China. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/6/17     Zorba, an English mastiff, is the biggest dog ever recorded. He weighed 343 pounds and measured 8' 3" from his nose to his tail. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/7/17     When written with the English alphabet, Hawaiian uses only 12 letters and a symbol ('). - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/8/17     When written with the English alphabet, Hawaiian uses only 12 letters and a symbol ('). - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/9/17     Google uses over 1 million computers for is operation and handles over 1 billion search requests - per day. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/10/17     Cigarette butts and filters take 12 years to biodegrade. An aluminum can takes between 200 to 500 years to biodegrade. Plastic diapers and sanitary pads take between 500-800 years. Styrofoam takes more than 5,000 years. And it would take a glass bottle 1 million years to biodegrade. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/11/17     A wild penguin typically lives between 15-20 years, spending approximately 75% of their lives in the water. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/12/17     The novel Tarzan of the Apes, set in Africa and published by American author Edgar Rice Burroughs in 1912, created such a compelling image of Africa and the book's title character that a New Orleans newspaper writer only half-jokingly suggested that if Tarzan were to run for president in 1929, he would receive as many votes as incumbent president Herbert Hoover. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/13/17     Tsunami means "harbor wave" in Japanese (tsu = harbor + nami = wave), reflecting Japan's tsunami-prone history. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/14/17     The War of 1812 helped propel four men to the United States Presidency by giving them military and leadership experience: Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, James Monroe, and William Henry Harrison. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/15/17     In Europe, milk was not pasteurized until the 1890s and was avoided, particularly for infants, because people believed their child would grow up to resemble the animal. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/16/17     Greece has one of the richest varieties of wildlife in Europe, including 116 species of mammals, 18 of amphibians, 59 of reptiles, 240 of birds, and 107 of fish. About half of the endemic mammal species are in danger of becoming extinct. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/17/17     The Beagle and Collie are the nosiest dogs, while the Akbash Dog and the Basenji are the quietest. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/18/17     Hershey's produces over 80 million chocolate Kisses - every day. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/19/17     Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and the eighth most populous in the world, with over 155 million people. It is also Africa's largest oil producer, accounting for 2.3 million barrels of crude oil a day. However, the UN recently declared that 50 years of oil pollution in the Ogoniland would require the world’s largest and biggest oil cleanup. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/20/17     In 2010, Texas tied with Mississippi for the highest percentage of U.S. workers in minimum-wage jobs. This year (2011), it has the 4th highest poverty rate of any state and it ranks 1st for adults without diplomas. It also leads the U.S. in children without health insurance, and 26% of all Texans have no health insurance. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/21/17     Venus, the brightest of all the planets, can be so bright that on a moonless night, the planet can actually cast shadows on Earth. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/22/17     Off the Pacific coast of British Columbia, killer whales often come to "rubbing beaches" - shallow bays lined with smooth rocks. The whales rub their bodies against the rocks, and scientists believe the action may be for no other reason than the sheer pleasure of it. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/23/17     Nicotine patches and even melatonin (an over-the-counter sleep aid) are reported to increase the vividness of dreams and nightmares. The nicotine patch in particular is said to intensify dreams. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/24/17     During the Great Depression, many people tried apple selling to avoid the shame of panhandling. In New York City alone, there were as many as 6,000 apple sellers. - Provided by FactRetriever.com


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

APR 2017


Previous Archives

DATE FACT OF THE DAY
4/1/17     Among the native population of Africa, there are more physical variations than on any other continent in the world. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/2/17     There are more than 70,000 miles of highway in Texas, of which 40,985 are paved farm and ranch roads. Along Texas roads, there are more than a million signs and markers. Texas uses 1.6 million gallons of white and yellow paint each year to paint stripes along its highways. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/3/17     The quality that ancient Egyptians valued most was called ma'at, which means good behavior, honesty, and justice. Ma'at is also the name of the goddess of truth who, according to myth, weighs every Egyptian heart after death. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/4/17     Venice, Italy, is one of the world's most beautiful and unusual cities. It was founded over 1,400 years ago on a collection of muddy islands in a wide and shallow lagoon. It has been sinking into the mud for centuries and is plagued by floods. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/5/17     The earliest recorded earthquake is from 1831 B.C. in the Shandong province in China. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/6/17     Zorba, an English mastiff, is the biggest dog ever recorded. He weighed 343 pounds and measured 8' 3" from his nose to his tail. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/7/17     When written with the English alphabet, Hawaiian uses only 12 letters and a symbol ('). - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/8/17     When written with the English alphabet, Hawaiian uses only 12 letters and a symbol ('). - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/9/17     Google uses over 1 million computers for is operation and handles over 1 billion search requests - per day. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/10/17     Cigarette butts and filters take 12 years to biodegrade. An aluminum can takes between 200 to 500 years to biodegrade. Plastic diapers and sanitary pads take between 500-800 years. Styrofoam takes more than 5,000 years. And it would take a glass bottle 1 million years to biodegrade. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/11/17     A wild penguin typically lives between 15-20 years, spending approximately 75% of their lives in the water. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/12/17     The novel Tarzan of the Apes, set in Africa and published by American author Edgar Rice Burroughs in 1912, created such a compelling image of Africa and the book's title character that a New Orleans newspaper writer only half-jokingly suggested that if Tarzan were to run for president in 1929, he would receive as many votes as incumbent president Herbert Hoover. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/13/17     Tsunami means "harbor wave" in Japanese (tsu = harbor + nami = wave), reflecting Japan's tsunami-prone history. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/14/17     The War of 1812 helped propel four men to the United States Presidency by giving them military and leadership experience: Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, James Monroe, and William Henry Harrison. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/15/17     In Europe, milk was not pasteurized until the 1890s and was avoided, particularly for infants, because people believed their child would grow up to resemble the animal. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/16/17     Greece has one of the richest varieties of wildlife in Europe, including 116 species of mammals, 18 of amphibians, 59 of reptiles, 240 of birds, and 107 of fish. About half of the endemic mammal species are in danger of becoming extinct. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/17/17     The Beagle and Collie are the nosiest dogs, while the Akbash Dog and the Basenji are the quietest. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/18/17     Hershey's produces over 80 million chocolate Kisses - every day. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/19/17     Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and the eighth most populous in the world, with over 155 million people. It is also Africa's largest oil producer, accounting for 2.3 million barrels of crude oil a day. However, the UN recently declared that 50 years of oil pollution in the Ogoniland would require the world’s largest and biggest oil cleanup. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/20/17     In 2010, Texas tied with Mississippi for the highest percentage of U.S. workers in minimum-wage jobs. This year (2011), it has the 4th highest poverty rate of any state and it ranks 1st for adults without diplomas. It also leads the U.S. in children without health insurance, and 26% of all Texans have no health insurance. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/21/17     Venus, the brightest of all the planets, can be so bright that on a moonless night, the planet can actually cast shadows on Earth. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/22/17     Off the Pacific coast of British Columbia, killer whales often come to "rubbing beaches" - shallow bays lined with smooth rocks. The whales rub their bodies against the rocks, and scientists believe the action may be for no other reason than the sheer pleasure of it. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/23/17     Nicotine patches and even melatonin (an over-the-counter sleep aid) are reported to increase the vividness of dreams and nightmares. The nicotine patch in particular is said to intensify dreams. - Provided by FactRetriever.com
4/24/17     During the Great Depression, many people tried apple selling to avoid the shame of panhandling. In New York City alone, there were as many as 6,000 apple sellers. - Provided by FactRetriever.com


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