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Did You Know – 03/12/2018

1. Honey does not spoil. You could feasibly eat 3000 year old honey.
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2. There are more possible iterations of a game of chess than there are atoms in the known universe.
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3. It would take 1,200,000 mosquitoes, each sucking once, to completely drain the average human of blood.
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4. It can take a photon 40,000 years to travel from the core of the sun to the surface, but only 8 minutes to travel the rest of the way to earth.
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5.  People decide whether you are smart, likable, extroverted, adventurous, successful, or trustworthy within just 3 seconds of meeting you.

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Did You Know -12/28/2015

 

 

Chess-Game.jpg1. There are more possible iterations of a game of chess than there are atoms in the known universe.

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2.Cleopatra lived closer in time to the Moon landing than to the construction of the Great Pyramid of Giza

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3.It would take 1,200,000 mosquitoes, each sucking once, to completely drain the average human of blood.

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4. Route 66, also known as Mother Road or the Main Street of America is a road stretching from Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California. Established in November 1926, Route 66 was one of the main routes to take while travelling from the east to west coast. However, the US Highway system changed. Route 66 was replaced by four-lane Interstate Highways, allowing people to travel from coast to coast faster. Route 66 then fell out of commission in late 1985, taking with it many of the small businesses that had grown dependant on the Mother Road.

US Congress passed a law in 1990 to keep Route 66 as an American heritage symbol.

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5. what makes short people more “in-the-moment.”

It sounds weird, but it makes sense. This theory was put forward by a neuroscientist named David Eagleman, and it’s called temporal binding. 

It’s built around the idea that we experience the world in packets of information that are gathered by our senses and processed in the brain. Different parts of the body, even if they receive information at the same time, take slightly different amounts of time to get to the brain. Say you’re texting someone, and you hit your head on a telephone pole at the same time that you stub your toe on the same pole—in theory, the information collected from your head injury will get to your brain faster than the information from your toe will, but you’ll think you feel them at the same time. That’s because the brain defaults to a sort of sensory organizational chart that puts things in an order that makes the most amount of sense to us. 

That delay in processing information is what makes short people more “in-the-moment.” A shorter person is actually experiencing a more accurate version of time, because there’s less of a delay in information getting to the brain.

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Did You Know « 02/22/2011

That Lemon wood is carved into chess pieces. « Over a century ago Chess pieces, traditionally were made of boxwood. When carved and polished the product was rich and close-grained, a delight to the eye and sensuous to the hand. The Queen in Tenniel’s illustration of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice” is a Staunton piece.
Orange or lemon wood is substituted for boxwood and soon the truth of the old saying is proved once more: “Nobody has yet made anything that some one else cannot make cheaper and poorer.”
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The first country to use postcards was Austria Source

Pearls dissolve in vinegar.« A pearl is mostly calcium carbonate, which is susceptible to even a weak acid solution. The crystals of calcium carbonate are converted by acetic acid (vinegar) into calcium, which dissolves in the residual water, and carbonate that effervesces as bubbles of carbon dioxide, the formula for which is CaCO3 + CH3COOH –> Ca + H2O + CO2.
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A queen bee can lay 800 – 1500 eggs per day « Source


The first jukebox was located in San Francisco in 1899 « On November 23 1899 the world’s first jukebox went public at the Palais Royal Hotel in San Francisco.
In it’s first 6 month it earned about $1000.00. That’s a lot of nickels. Source

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