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Facts for February 18th~Did You Know?

1516: First Queen of England is born

Slide 1 of 12: Portrait of Queen Mary I (1516 - 1568).

Queen Mary I, first queen of England, also known as Bloody Mary for her persecution of Protestants was born in Palace of Placentia, Greenwich. She ruled from 1553 until her death in 1558.

1930: Pluto is discovered

Slide 6 of 12: (Original Caption) 8/31/1931-Flagstaff, AZ: Clyde W. Tombaugh,. discoverer of the planet Pluto, who is postponing his college education in order that he may be able to complete his studies of the planets. He was awarded the Edwin Emery Slossum Scholarship by Mrs. Slossum in memory of her chemist-scientist husband. Because the region occupied by Pluto has not yet been completely explored, Tombaugh will spend several months at the task. Complete Caption in Negative Sleeve

Photographic evidence of Pluto was discovered by Clyde Tombaugh at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona. Initially considered the ninth planet in the Solar System, it was reclassified as a dwarf planet by International Astronomical Union in 2006.

2001: Dale Earnhardt dies in crash

Slide 10 of 12: Ken Schrader (36) slams into Dale Earnhardt (3) during the Daytona 500 Sunday afternoon Feb. 18, 2001 at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Earnhardt was killed in the crash. Earnhardt died Sunday, Feb. 18, 2001 at the Daytona 500 from injuries sustained in this crash (AP Photo/Glenn Smith)

Seven-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Dale Earnhardt Sr., considered as one of the greatest car racers, died at the age of 49 in an accident during the 43rd Daytona 500 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Slide 12 of 12: South Korean rescue workers inspect a subway train destroyed by a fire at a subway station February 18, 2003 in Daegu, 200 miles southeast of Seoul, South Korea. About 120 people were killed and at least 135 injured after a man ignited a milk carton filled with flammable material on a subway train in S. Korea's third largest city, officials said. Police are interrogating a 56-year-old man who was seen carrying a milk carton into the subway car, but no motive has been found.

2003: South Korean subway fire

South Korean rescue workers inspect a subway train destroyed by a fire at a subway station in Daegu, 200 miles southeast of Seoul, South Korea. About 120 people were killed and at least 135 injured after a man ignited a milk carton filled with flammable material.

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Random Facts, You Might Not Know

1 out of every 4 kids in the USA is overweight.


Your hair will continue growing after you die until all the cells in your body die.


A fetus develops fingerprints at eighteen weeks.


A fetus that is four months old, will become startled and turn away if a light is flashed on the mother’s stomach.


A human head remains conscious for about 15 to 20 seconds after it is been decapitated.


Studies show that couples that smoke during the time of conception have a higher chance of having a girl compared to couples that do not smoke.


The first known contraceptive was crocodile dung, used by Egyptians in 2000 B.C.


A pregnant woman’s dental health can affect her unborn child.


Your hair will continue growing after you die until all the cells in your body die.


A fetus develops fingerprints at eighteen weeks.


A fetus that is four months old, will become startled and turn away if a light is flashed on the mother’s stomach.


A human head remains conscious for about 15 to 20 seconds after it is been decapitated.


Studies show that couples that smoke during the time of conception have a higher chance of having a girl compared to couples that do not smoke.


The first known contraceptive was crocodile dung, used by Egyptians in 2000 B.C.


A pregnant woman’s dental health can affect her unborn child.

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Facts About Cats~

https://nationalkitty.com/10-facts-about-cats-almost-no-one-knows/

They Have Amazing Night Vision

  1. Cats can have 8 times as many rod cells than humans, allowing them to see much better in low light. They’re elliptical pupils and a structure called “tapetum lucidum” help collect more light back to the retina for better night vision. It’s because of this that cats are some of nature’s best nocturnal hunters!
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2. Cats Show Affection With Their Eyes

When your cat gazes at you with its eyes half closed or blinks slowly, it’s a sign of trust! It means they are relaxed and content around you. These slow blinks can be thought of as kitty kisses!

3. The Oldest Known Pet Cat is From 9,500 Years Ago

Most people think the Egyptians domesticated cats, but the oldest record of a pet cat is from 9,500 years ago in Cyprus, Greece. This predates egyptian cats by 4,000 years!

Image by Kiara M. Newman

4. A French Cat Was Sent on a Space Mission

Félicette, also known as “Astro Cat” was the first and only cat to visit outer space. Electrodes wired in her brain sent signals of neurological activity back to earth. Her mission was in 1963 and she made it back safely!

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5. Cats Hear Better Than Dogs.

Cats can hear two octaves higher than humans and 1 octave higher than dogs. An article posted on animal planet’s websitesays that cat ears are “like a sophisticated satellite dish turning to pick up a signal.”

Image by Gregory Breton

6. Egyptian Cats Had Elaborate Funerals

In ancient Egypt, the family of a deceased cat would mourn by shaving off their eyebrows and having a burial ceremony. They would mummify the cat along with some mice to keep them company in the afterlife.

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7. Cat Brains are More Similar to Human Brains than Dog Brains

Human brains and cat brains have a very similar structure. Cats and humans have identical regions of the brain responsible for emotion. They even have the capacity for short-term and long-term memory, just like humans.

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8. Some Cats Like Water!

Some cats in hot climates like to cool off by taking a dip. For example, Turkish Vans love to swim and hunt fish. Most cats don’t like water because their fur is not water resistant, but the Turkish Van has a water resistant coat.

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9. Cats Sweat Through Their Paws

Cats don’t have sweat glands all over their body like humans do. Instead, they sweat through their paws. A sweaty cat may leave behind wet paw-prints! Since their paws have very little surface area, they take extra steps to stay cool like finding a shady spot or laying down on cool surfaces.

10. Cats Can’t Taste Sweet Things

Cats are the only known mammals who do not have taste receptors for sweetness.  A 2005 Monell Chemical Senses Center study in Philadelphia found that cats lack the amino acids needed to make the sugar detector gene. This is true for all cats- lions, tigers, and leopards included.

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Food, Suprising Facts

Slide 1 of 80: “Fact is stranger than fiction” is a saying that definitely applies to some of the weird and wonderful things you’ll find out about food and eating when you dig a little deeper. Indeed, some diet-related facts seem so strange you’ll wonder if they’re true. Here are 79 fact-checked food nuggets that will entertain and surprise you, compiled by loveFOOD's nutritionist Angela Dowden.

Bananas are radioactive and other surprising food facts that are actually true

Honey pretty much never goes off

A glass of orange juice is almost as sugary as a glass of cola

Almonds have twice as much calcium as milk

Red peppers have almost 2.5 times more vitamin C than oranges

Sugar doesn’t make kids hyperactive…

…but brightly colored foods might make kids cranky

Chocolate really doesn’t give you spots

There’s no rule that you have to drink eight glasses of water a day

Beyond 30 your bones don’t get any stronger no matter what you eat

Darker drinks come with more of a hangover

You can still be driving under the influence (DUI) in the morning

Eating late doesn’t make you pile on weight

Your hay fever symptoms can predict food allergies

Plain old vegetable is as good for your heart as olive oil

Around 400 million Tim Tams are sold per year

Potatoes don’t always count towards your five-a-day

Eating cholesterol-rich foods doesn’t raise your blood cholesterol

Just one carrot gives you all of your daily vitamin A

Cucumber is 96.5% water

Washing your greens won’t remove E. coli

Pasta in a salad is less fattening than pasta eaten hot

Some sweeteners can make you poop

A lot of popular fruits belong to the rose family

You can hear rhubarb grow

Cheese is the most stolen food in the world

There are a million bubbles in your glass of Champagne

The sandwich is named after an Earl

Mushrooms are virtually impossible to overcook

Oysters were once a poor man’s food

Lobsters were fed to prisoners

How bees produce honey is extraordinary

You can make chalk from eggshells

Only some countries sell eggs refrigerated

Brazil nuts are super-rich in selenium

White chocolate isn’t really chocolate

Coconut oil has more saturated fat than butter

RC Cola is the most acidic soft drink in America

Guinness World Record eating feats: chocolate eating

You can pay for $214 (ÂŁ132.64) for grilled cheese in New York

The biggest ever biscuit weighed about the same as a Dalmatian dog

Tea bags were an accident

Tomatoes shouldn’t be kept in the fridge

A bag of potato chips has as much vitamin C as an apple

Mushrooms make vitamin D in sunlight just like we do

Fast food fries often have a dip in sugar water before being cooked

The red food color cochineal comes from crushed insects

Large amounts of nutmeg can cause a hallucinogenic high

A 600ml (20floz) Pepsi and three chocolate-iced Krispy Kreme donuts with sprinkles have the same sugar content

Humans and guinea pigs don’t make vitamin C

Blood can substitute eggs in recipes

Watercress helps your body detox

Americans eat 22lb of onions a year

Hot and cold water sound different when you’re pouring them into a glass

Apples contain a lot of air

Greens should be boiled from hot; potatoes from cold

Carrots can turn you orange

Are those wood shavings in my cheese?

Cream’s fat content varies massively around the world

Eating pulses helps the environment

A humid oven makes softer-crusted bread

Soya milk is one of the few non-dairy milks with a good amount of protein

Bananas are radioactive

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Memorial Day Facts

Interesting Memorial Day Facts:
The true origins of who held the first Memorial Day celebration is a debated subject.
Approximately 620,000 soldiers on both sides died during the Civil War.
The Grand Army of the Republic was created by the Union Army to honor their dead. After World War I the American Legion took over their duties.
Congress passed a law in 2000 that requires all Americans to stop what they are doing at 3pm on Memorial Day to remember and to honor those who have died serving the United States. President Clinton signed this action.
The flag is supposed to be flown at half-mast until noon, and then raised to full mast until sunset on Memorial Day.
The tradition of wearing red poppies on Memorial Day originated from John McCrae’s 1915 poem In Flanders Fields. In Canada they wear red poppies to honor their soldiers on Remembrance Day in November each year.
Although not as popular today, one tradition was to eat a picnic meal while sitting on the ground of a cemetery. There are still some people in the rural areas of the South that continue to practice this tradition.
It’s common for volunteers to place the American flag on graves in the national cemeteries. Memorial Day is also a popular day for people to visit cemeteries and honor those who have died while serving in the military.
It’s estimated that approximately 32 million people travel by car over Memorial Day weekend.
Memorial Day also marks the beginning of the summer vacation season while Labor Day marks the end.
In some areas of the rural South, they hold annual Decoration Days around this time for certain cemeteries, often in the mountains.
Memorial Day is sometimes confused with Veterans Day. However, Veterans Day honors all United States military veterans, while Memorial Day honors the soldiers who died while serving.
In 1966, President Johnson named Waterloo, New York as the original place of Memorial Day.
There were more American lives lost during the Civil War then the two World Wars combined. Approximately 620,000 died during the Civil War while approximately 116,516 died in World War I and approximately 405,399 died in World War II.
There are more than 300,000 fallen soldiers buried at Arlington Cemetery. On average, there are 28 burials there each day.
Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia celebrate Confederate Memorial Day. These are former Confederate states, and they celebrate on various other days ranging from January 19th to June 3rd.
In 2012 there was a movie made called Memorial Day. John and James Cromwell and Jonathan Bennett starred in the film. The story revolves around a 13 year old boy who finds his grandpa’s footlocker from the 2nd World War.
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