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Did You Know – 12/21/2015

 

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  1. The Slave-Maker ant is so named because it raids the nest of other ants and steals their pupae. Once the pupae hatch, they are made to work as slaves.

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2. American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad in first class.
Northwest Airlines saved $500000 per year by cutting its limes.

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3. The original name of Bank of America was Bank of Italy.
The Bank of Italy was founded in San Francisco, California, United States, on October 17, 1904 [1] by Amadeo Giannini. It grew by a branch banking strategy to become the Bank of America, the world’s largest commercial bank, with 493 branches in California and assets of $5 billion in 1945

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4. Topless saleswomen are legal in Liverpool, England, but only in tropical fish stores.
Weird but true – Liverpudlian bylaw which prohibits women going topless unless they work in a tropical fish store.

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5. Thomas Edison designed a helicopter that would work with gunpowder. It ended up blowing up and also blew up his factory.
Had a collection of over 5,000 birds
The light bulb inventor, was afraid of the dark.
The first major invention was the quadruplex telegraph
As a boy, Thomas Edison suffered a permanent hearing loss from head injury
A person sneezing was the first action caught on video by Thomas Edison

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Did You Know – 09/10/2012

Do you know that monotremes, is an order of animals that both lay eggs and suckle their young. The only two remaining species of this order are the platypus and the echidna, which are native to Australia. Monotremes are also unique among mammals with their ability of electroreception (perceiving electrical impulses with their bodies.)

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A frightened dog puts it’s tail between it’s legs because it covers the scent glands in the anal area. Since the anal glands carry personal scents that identify individual dogs, the tail-between the-legs behavior is the canine equivalent of insecure humans hiding their faces.
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The frog was an ancient Egyptian symbol, later adopted by the conquering Romans. The Frog-headed goddess Hekt was the goddess of birth and fertility, and later also of resurrection.
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The Boston University Bridge (on Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts) is the only place in the world where a boat can sail under a train driving under a car driving under an airplane.

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Carbonated water, with nothing else in it,can dissolve limestone, talc, and many other low-Moh’s hardness minerals. Coincidentally, carbonated water is the main ingredient in soda pop.

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Spirit of proof strength was the technical standard by which strength was measured until 1st January, 1980. Hundreds of years ago, spirit of this strength was proved when Whiskey and gunpowder were mixed and ignited. If the gunpowder flashed, then there was enough Whiskey in the mixture to permit ignition. Such Whiskey was held to have been proved – i.e. “tested”. If the spirit was weaker than this, then ignition did not take place and the Whiskey failed the “test”. The amount of black powder used was the same amount as was, and indeed still is, used to “proof” the barrels of smooth-bore fire-arms
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In medieval England beer often was served with breakfast.
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