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Did You Know – 10/08/2012

Benjamin Franklin invented flippers for swimming in the year 1717 and was inducted into the international swimming hall of fame for the invention. They were originally wooden swim fins shaped like a lily pad and went on the hands. They were about 10 inches (250mm) long and 6 inches (150mm) wide and helped people to swim faster. Franklin’s swim fins were originally intended for use on a person’s hands. Shaped like lily pads or an artist’s paint palette, they helped attain greater speed with each stroke.

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The AAA Motor Club and travel organization was created initially so that it could warn traveling motorists about police speed traps around the country.

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Archeological researchers have made a recent claim to have found evidence that the Queen of Sheba did in fact rule over Southern Arabia which was then known as the capital of the Kingdom of Sheba.

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Babe Ruth wore a cabbage leaf under his cap to keep him cool and changed it every two innings.

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Because they both lost so many players to WWII military service, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles combined to become the Steagles during the 1943 season.. Despite never being registered by the NFL, the name became the most enduring moniker.
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Washington did have false teeth. His false teeth were made of whale bone and deer antlers.
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The first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece in 1896. There were 311 male but no female competitors.
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13 Virtues of Benjamin Franklin

I found this information quite fascinating. Why? Well he was only 20 years of age, very mature of him I think, not like many 20 year olds who see this stage in ones life, where you are exploring anything and everything good and bad and as often as you can. Well that was my 20’s anyway. Not this young man, he devised 13 virtues to live by for as long as he could so that he would not commit any fault at any time. He apparently focussed on one virtue a week and made note of his progress.
Good for him I say.

1. TEMPERANCE. Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
2. SILENCE. Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
3. ORDER. Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
4. RESOLUTION. Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
5. FRUGALITY. Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing.
6. INDUSTRY. Lose no time; be always employ’d in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
7. SINCERITY. Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.
8. JUSTICE. Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
9. MODERATION. Avoid extreme; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
10. CLEANLINESS. Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloths, or habitation.
11. TRANQUILLITY. Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
12. CHASTITY. Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dulness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation.
13. HUMILITY. Imitate Jesus and Socrates.

Source: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin.http://www.listsofnote.com/

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