Fact of the day thread

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Pete

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These are facts that I find throughout the web and mainly from the website Mental Floss. I can’t confirm the validity for most of them so do your research if one of these facts sparks your interest.

Today’s fact: In curling, good sportsmanship and politeness are essential. Congratulating opponents on plays and abstaining from trash talk are part of what’s known as the “Spirit of Curling.”
 
Today’s fact is about our little furry friends. A cat’s ability to see well at night is due to its tapetum lucidum, a structure that reflects visible light back through the cat’s retina. It’s also what causes the eyes' weird ‘glowing’ effect in the dark
 
Todays fact is about the Toyota Prius. After an online vote in 2011, Toyota announced that the official plural of Prius is Prii.
 
Todays fact of the day is about skid marks and I’m not talking about the ones on the bottom of your underwear. The record for the longest skid mark was set in 1964 at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.
 
Today’s fact of the day is. There's a segment of the Berlin wall in the men's bathroom of a Las Vegas casino.so if you need to pee in that casino you could stare at segment of the Berlin wall. Very very interesting.
 
Today’s facts is regarding hummingbirds. When feeding, a hummingbird can lick 10 to 15 times per second.
 
Todays fact is about the song Louie Louie. The FBI investigated the song “Louie Louie” because people thought the lyrics were dirty. After three months, the FBI abandoned the investigation because it couldn’t make out the words.
 
Today's fact is about Vikings. This is definitely an interesting fact. Viking burials included board games.
 
Today‘s fact. The second largest country by area is Canada, after Russia. I always assumed it was either China or India buts Canada. You learn something new everyday.
 
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Today‘s fact is a strange one. Galileo's middle finger is on display at the Museo Galileo in Florence, Italy. I wonder why his middle finger?
 
Today’s fact. Honey hunters in Mozambique use special calls to recruit the services of birds known as honeyguides. The birds lead the humans to bees' nests and in return, they get the leftover beeswax.
 
Today’s fact is about Lego. They have an underground vault with every set ever made.
 
Today’s fact is about Quidditch which I have no idea what it is. Anyways J.K. Rowling invented it in a pub. Exciting 💁‍♂️
 
Today’s fact is about pi. In 1897, Indiana state legislators tried to pass a bill that would have legally redefined the value of pi as 3.2.
 
Today’s fact is about the smell of all books. A team of chemists described old book smell as “a combination of grassy notes with a tang of acids and a hint of vanilla over an underlying mustiness.” The odor actually comes from chemicals like benzaldehyde, furfural, and acetic acid—all byproducts of decomposition.
 
Today‘s fact is about number 4. it‘s the only number with the same number of letters as the meaning of its name.
 
Today’s fact. Bedding was such a luxury in the Middle Ages that blankets and sheets were written into wills.
 
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