Fact of the day thread


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Today's fact. In 1985, Aretha Franklin's voice was declared a "natural resource" of the state of Michigan.
Today's fact. Foreign Accent Syndrome is a rare side effect of brain trauma. Patients speak their native language in a foreign dialect.
Today's fact. In 1953, it took 27 hours to create one PEEPS Marshmallow Chick. The same process takes six minutes today.
Today's fact. During WWI, German measles were called "liberty measles" and dachshunds became "liberty hounds."
Today's fact. Alice in Wonderland was once banned in parts of China. “Bears, lions, and other beasts cannot use human language,” said the Governor of the Hunan Province in 1931. “To attribute to them such a power is an insult to the human race.”
Today's fact. Dr. Martin Luther King is widely known as one of history’s greatest orators, but that particular skill might not have come so naturally to him. While attending Crozer Theological Seminary, King received a C in public speaking.
Today's fact. According to NASA, it possibly rains glass on the planet known as HD 189733b.
Today's fact. According to a 2015 study, sarcasm can promote creative thinking.
Today's fact. Johnny Carson’s first three wives were named, in order, Joan, Joanne, and Joanna. (His first wife went by “Jody.”)
Today's fact. According to 19th-century Welsh tradition, any infant whose nails are cut before the age of six months will become a thief.
Today's fact. Abraham Lincoln had the opportunity to populate the United States with elephants. He turned the offer down.
Today's fact. Mike Tyson would KO sparring partners quickly so he could get home in time to watch Tom & Jerry. I can't say I blame him. I mean it's Tom & Jerry that we're talking about here.
Today's fact. According to a 2015 study, having 10 more trees on your block can make you feel as healthy as someone who's seven years younger.