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Today's fact. The male giraffe determines a female’s fertility by tasting her urine. If the pee passes muster, the courtship continues.
 
Today's fact. When Hattie McDaniel became the first African American to win an Oscar in 1940, she had to walk to the stage from a segregated table at the back of the room.
 
Today's fact. Samuel L. Jackson served as an usher at Martin Luther King Jr.'s funeral.
 
Today's fact. Sometimes it snows on Mars, but the snowflakes are made of carbon dioxide, not water. Instead of falling, these flakes create a fog-like effect.
 
Today's fact. An avocado never ripens on the tree, allowing farmers to use the trees as natural storage to keep avocados fresh for up to seven months.
 
Today's fact. When Arch West, the inventor of Doritos, passed away in 2011 at the age of 97, his family chose to sprinkle Doritos in his grave as a tribute.
 
Today's fact. Canadian police officer Ward Clapham created a program that issues "positive tickets" to people for performing good deeds.
 
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