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02:24, 7 January 2013
- ... that female fir cones (pictured) are cylindrical and erect?
- ... that the first performance of the ballet Swan Lake in 1877 was a failure?
- ... that in 2010 nearly 1.5 million people died of tuberculosis?
- ... that the Sarus Crane is the world's tallest flying bird?
- ... that Greek wrestling was practised in the nude?
15:58, 1 February 2013 (UTC)
- ... that MGM fired openly gay actor William Haines (pictured) in 1933 because he refused to enter into a marriage of convenience?
- ... that all 115 people of the Roanoke Colony disappeared mysteriously?
- ... that the White Mulberry fires its pollen out with the fastest motion known in biology?
- ... that even though it is commonly used, the litre is not an SI unit?
- ... that Magnus Carlsen is now the highest rated player in the history of chess?
21:54, 11 February 2013 (UTC)
- ... that actor Errol Flynn (pictured) partnered Olivia de Havilland in eight movies that included Captain Blood, The Adventures of Robin Hood, and They Died with Their Boots On?
- ... that Greg Jennings got a 26.35 million dollar contract in 2009?
- ... that the name of the dwarf planet Pluto was proposed by an eleven-year-old girl in 1930?
- ... that the parliamentary procedure rule about discussing only one subject at a time was created in 1581?
- ... that the fingerprint of the Tollund Man is among the oldest fingerprints on record?
17:10, 24 February 2013 (UTC)
- ... that lesbian movie actress Lilyan Tashman (pictured) sought sex in public restrooms?
- ... that Manet reworked Giorgione's The Sleeping Venus and Titian's Venus of Urbino for his Olympia?
- ... that the first genetically-engineered, synthetic "human" insulin was produced in a laboratory in 1977 using E. coli?
- ... that the first performance of the French opera Samson and Delilah was sung in German in Weimar, Germany?
- ... that the capitals in the Hall of Mirrors depict a cock, Apollo, and the fleur-de-lys?
14:20, 6 March 2013 (UTC)
- ... that Laocoön (pictured) was the only classical subject El Greco ever painted?
- ... that friend of Dorothy is gay slang for a gay man?
- ... that Richard Wagner wanted Hermann Levi, the Jewish conductor about to direct the premiere of Parsifal, to convert to Christianity before doing so?
- ... that Terry Branstad was the youngest—and is the longest-serving—governor of Iowa?
- ... that nobody knows what the Roman dodecahedra, from the 2nd and 3rd century CE, were used for?
10:56, 17 March 2013 (UTC)
- ... that The Ballet of the Nuns (scene design pictured) was the first ballet blanc and the first romantic ballet?
- ... that the Pantheon in Rome features the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome?
- ... that two spectators were killed in the second Japanese Grand Prix in 1977?
- ... that the stress of having one's blood pressure taken can result in "white coat hypertension"?
- ... that bears in gay culture are hairy, heavy-set, extremely masculine gay or bisexual men?
04:42, 27 March 2013 (UTC)
- ... that Benedict XVI (pictured) is the first pope to resign in six centuries?
- ... that Butterfly McQueen received her nickname after appearing as a dancing butterfly in A Midsummer Night's Dream?
- ... that the Riace bronzes were found in the Ionian Sea by a vacationing scuba diver?
- ... that people suffering the symptoms of myocardial infarction (heart attack) will wait three hours, on average, before seeking help?
- ... that the University of Cambridge was established by scholars leaving the University of Oxford after a fight with the locals?
02:00, 6 April 2013 (UTC)
- ... that the Sovereign's Orb was made for the 1661 coronation of Charles II of England (pictured, holding the Orb)?
- ... that more than 600 million tons of hydrogen undergo fusion every second on the Sun?
- ... that cawl is widely considered the national dish of Wales?
- ... that Saint Patrick used the shamrock to explain the doctrine of the Holy Trinity?
- ... that the Sacred Band of Thebes was completely destroyed at the Battle of Chaeronea?
07:27, 19 April 2013 (UTC)
- ... that the first record of Cheddar cheese (pictured) dates to 1170 when King Henry II of England bought 10,240 lb. (4,640 kg) of it, at a farthing a pound?
- ... that Chopin wrote the "Minute Waltz" while watching a little dog chasing its tail?
- ... that the U.S. Postal Service's 1983 Pearl S. Buck stamp was issued ten years after she died?
- ... that cartoonist Matt Groening named Homer Simpson after his father?
- ... that the farthing ceased to be legal tender after 31 December 1960?
03:22, 27 April 2013 (UTC)
- ... that the plantation song "Oh! Susanna" by Stephen Foster (pictured) was first performed in the Eagle Ice Cream Saloon in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States?
- ... that more doughnuts are eaten by Canadians than by any other nationality?
- ... that Pocahontas died in England and was buried there?
- ... that 20% of all living mammal species are bats?
- ... that White wins more often than Black in tournament games of chess?
16:19, 4 May 2013 (UTC)
- ... that "Sue" (pictured) in Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History is the largest, most complete and best preserved Tyrannosaurus rex fossil ever found?
- ... that every number in Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite was encored at its first performance in March 1892?
- ... that Belgium produces over 1100 varieties of beer?
- ... that the most grown vegetable in Australia is the potato?
- ... that the Charminar in Hyderabad, India was constructed to celebrate the end of a deadly plague?
06:56, 12 May 2013 (UTC)
- ... that many Japanese origami artists fold their models (pictured) in the air rather than upon a flat surface?
- ... that artificial food coloring agents can make the symptoms of ADHD worse?
- ... that Danish fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen worked in a tobacco factory as a child?
- ... that when the four color theorem was proved in 1976, over a century after it was stated, the New York Times refused to publish this fact, fearing the proof was wrong?
- ... that the Goldberg Variations were originally used to lull an insomniac to sleep?
16:37, 24 May 2013 (UTC)
- ... that Japan's Steel Dragon 2000 (pictured) is the longest roller coaster in the world?
- ... that the Greek philosopher Aristotle tutored the young Alexander the Great?
- ... that The Tale of Peter Rabbit was privately printed after the manuscript was rejected by several publishers?
- ... that methamphetamine ("meth") is used legally to treat narcolepsy, ADHD, and obesity?
- ... that antlers grow faster than any other mammal bones?
15:49, 6 June 2013 (UTC)
- ... that the Fountain of Apollo (pictured) in the gardens of the Palace of Versailles incorrectly depicts Apollo rising in the west rather than the east?
- ... that Vigdís Finnbogadóttir was the world's first elected female head of state?
- ... that Death Valley is the hottest, driest, and lowest place in North America?
- ... that the witchetty grub (a large, white moth larva) was a diet staple of Aboriginal people in the Australian outback?
- ... that Titanoboa, a snake of the Palaeocene epoch, was about 40 to 50 feet long (12–15 m), and weighed over a ton?
13:55, 14 June 2013 (UTC)
- ... that rumours about astronauts being able to see the Great Wall of China (pictured) from the moon are false?
- ... that the only American writer represented with a bust in Poet's Corner of Westminster Abbey is Henry Wadsworth Longfellow?
- ... that Chaturanga is the earliest known form of chess?
- ... that Christopher Lee is the only cast member of the The Lord of the Rings movie series who met author J.R.R. Tolkien?
- ... that Strom Thurmond was the oldest person ever to serve in the United States Senate?
00:46, 21 June 2013 (UTC)
- ... that the tube design of Chicago's Willis Tower (pictured) was inspired by an advertisement for a package of cigarettes?
- ... that the rumor about George Washington having wooden teeth was actually proven false?
- ... that the saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) is the largest of all living reptiles?
- ... that John Bunyan began writing The Pilgrim's Progress in jail?
- ... that Prudence Crandall, an early 19th century New England educator of African American girls, was named Connecticut's state heroine in 1995?
12:36, 1 July 2013 (UTC)
- ... that Martha Washington was the first historical female figure to have her picture on United States currency (1886 dollar bill pictured)?
- ... that Roger Ebert was the first movie critic to win the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism?
- ... that the Chicago River is the only river in the world to have the direction of its flow reversed by civil engineering?
- ... that John Adams defended the British soldiers who were involved in the Boston Massacre?
- ... that Patrick Leahy is the only elected Democratic U.S. Senator in Vermont's history?
16:07, 10 July 2013 (UTC)
- ... that the State of Israel offered Albert Einstein (pictured) the presidency in 1952?
- ... that Mary Ann Lee danced the first American performance of Giselle in 1846?
- ... that the Fluffernutter has been proposed as the official state sandwich of Massachusetts?
- ... that women are diagnosed with depression more often than men?
- ... that Jonathan Winters was the first comedian in the United States to appear on color television?
00:58, 15 July 2013 (UTC)
- ... that Christopher Plummer (pictured) is the oldest actor to win an Academy Award, at the age of 82?
- ... that The Huckleberry Hound Show was the first animated television series to win an Emmy Award?
- ... that the Jerusalem artichoke was involved in a pyramid scheme in the United States in the 1980s?
- ... that Serbia is one of the world's biggest producers and exporters of raspberries?
- ... that epistaxis (nosebleed) is most frequent in the winter?
22:25, 27 July 2013 (UTC)
- ... that Frank Lautenberg (pictured) was the last World War II veteran to serve in the United States Senate?
- ... that Gorboduc is the first English tragedy in blank verse?
- ... that Sixto Durán Ballén, a former President of Ecuador was born in Boston, Massachusetts?
- ... that Zack Snyder's Man of Steel is the first Superman movie that didn't use John Williams' original Superman theme song?
- ... that Jiroemon Kimura is the oldest man proven to have reached the age of 116?
19:31, 1 August 2013 (UTC)
- ... that Sharon Tate killer Charles Manson (pictured) once kissed Brian Wilson's feet?
- ... that Harvey Milk was the first openly gay man to be elected to a public office in California?
- ... that The Birth of a Nation was the first movie to be shown in the White House?
- ... that the Chicago Board of Trade Building has a faceless statue of Ceres as a reference to the exchange's heritage as a commodity market?
- ... that C. Everett Koop is the only Surgeon General of the United States to win an Emmy Award?
12:06, 6 August 2013 (UTC)
- ... that John Quincy Adams (pictured) was the first President to be the son of a President?
- ... that songwriters Jack Norworth and Albert von Tilzer had never been to a baseball game when they wrote Take Me Out to the Ball Game in 1908?
- ... that Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy Magazine, owns a burial plot next to the grave of Marilyn Monroe?
- ... that people have become violent while sleepwalking?
- ... that the urban legend about Hollywood actress Jayne Mansfield being decapitated in a car crash is untrue?
12:52, 11 August 2013 (UTC)~
- ... that White Zombie (poster pictured) was one of the few American horror movies to be approved by the Nazis?
- ... that Ulysses S. Grant was the first President of the United States to have both living parents attend his inauguration in 1869?
- ... that Nelson Mandela was the first South African President who was elected in a democratic election?
- ... that Hal Holbrook is the oldest Academy Award-nominated actor at the age of 82?
- ... that because they can decompose phenol, some halophiles might be used to clean up oil spills?
23:10, 19 August 2013 (UTC)
- ... that Abraham Lincoln greeted Harriet Beecher Stowe (pictured) at the White House in 1862 by saying, "So this is the little lady who made this big war."?
- ... that Mary Queen of Scots was crowned queen when she was only 6 days old?
- ... that the Keel-billed Toucan is the National Bird of Belize?
- ... that Dick Van Dyke was once offered a role in the 1976 movie The Omen, but turned it down because of the movie's violent gory content?
- ... that Chan's megastick is the longest insect in the world?
19:34, 24 August 2013 (UTC)
- ... that Susan Bogert Warner (pictured) is believed to be the first American writer to sell 1,000,000 copies of a book?
- ... that many Chicago Cubs fans believe that the Cubs haven't won a World Series since 1908 because of a curse that involved a goat?
- ... that 2,000 people attended the 1863 wedding of General Tom Thumb and Lavinia Warren?
- ... that The Children's Magazine was the first magazine for children published in the United States?
- ... that Richard Matheson came up with the idea for his novel I Am Legend after seeing Tod Browning's Dracula?
13:41, 30 August 2013 (UTC)
- ... that Jikji (pictured) is the world's oldest book printed from movable metal type?
- ... that Bill Clinton was the first sitting President of the United States to be sued?
- ... that Pope Francis is the first ever pope from the Americas and the first from the Southern Hemisphere?
- ... that Jumbo was killed in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada?
- ... that Ted Turner is the largest private landowner in the United States with a total of 1.75 million acres?
19:05, 4 September 2013 (UTC)
- ... that Mill Ends Park (pictured) is the world's smallest park, with a total area of 452 sq in (0.292 m2)?
- ... that Sean Connery is the tallest actor to have played James Bond in the entire James Bond movie series?
- ... that the first skyscraper in the world was built in Chicago, Illinois?
- ... that The Color of Friendship was based on actual events between two girls from different races who overcame their racism?
- ... that Love Brewster's 16-year-old servant Thomas Granger committed bestiality upon his master's livestock and was executed with the animals as the Bible commanded?
05:31, 8 September 2013 (UTC)
- ... that bloodletting (pictured) is still used to treat a number of diseases today?
- ... that the Daruma doll is a good luck symbol in Japan?
- ... that Ronald Reagan is the only President of the United States to have been divorced?
- ... that the Bijou Theater in Chicago is the longest-running gay adult theater and sex club in the United States?
- ... that Canute was the only man to reign as King of England, Denmark and Norway?
14:31, 11 September 2013 (UTC)
- ... that according to folklore, people looking into the eyes of Eternal Silence (pictured) will see a vision of their own death?
- ... that Johann Sebastian Bach's Inventions and Sinfonias are often used by keyboardists as preparation for The Well-Tempered Clavier?
- ... that Jo-Jo the Dog-Faced Boy was advertised as "The Human Skye Terrier, the crowning mystery of nature's contradictions"?
- ... that Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate won the first Tony Award for Best Musical?
- ... that H. Price McGrath opened the first gambling house in the South, and bred Aristides, the winner of the first Kentucky Derby?
20:43, 15 September 2013 (UTC)
- ... that in 1987, President of Ecuador León Febres Cordero (pictured) was kidnapped for 11 hours by members of the Ecuadorian air force?
- ... that the United States has no official language even though the most spoken language in the country is English?
- ... that Harry F. Byrd, Jr. was the oldest former United States Senator before his death at the age of 98?
- ... that French dancer Auguste Vestris was so famous that Parliament stopped sitting to see him perform?
- ... that Illinois was the first state to ratify the 13th Amendment to the Constitution which helped abolished slavery in the United States?
07:50, 23 September 2013 (UTC)
- ... that the Punch and Judy show (pictured) was named one of 12 icons of Englishness by the British Government's Department for Culture, Media and Sport?
- ... that the Moon drifts away from Earth at a rate of 4 centimeters per year?
- ... that Helle Thorning-Schmidt is the first female Prime Minister of Denmark?
- ... that Richard Griffiths got a standing ovation when he ejected an audience member whose phone rang three times during his performance on stage?
- ... that Johnny Cash once broke his toe while trying to escape from jail by kicking the bars of his jail cell?
12:24, 1 October 2013 (UTC)
- ... that the design of the Leather Pride Flag (pictured) was presented at the 1989 International Mr. Leather event in Chicago, Illinois?
- ... that General Tom Thumb's wife, the midget Lavinia Warren, claimed descent from five Mayflower Pilgrims?
- ... that Frank Lloyd Wright once had an apprentice who was married to Joseph Stalin's daughter?
- ... that Quito was the first city in the world to be designated a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1978?
- ... that if documents support his claim, Carmelo Flores Laura might become the world's oldest person ever known?
04:04, 8 October 2013 (UTC)
- ... that Caroline Kennedy (pictured) could become the first female ambassador to Japan if confirmed by the United States Senate?
- ... that Franklin D. Roosevelt once had an affair with his wife's secretary and later avoided seeing her to protect his political career?
- ... that Brian Sims was the first openly gay American football team captain in NCAA history?
- ... that 16-year-old Giuseppina Bozzacchi was the first to play Swanhilda in Coppélia?
- ... that Mike Embley was the first news reporter with a foreign crew to reach the 1989 San Francisco earthquake?
04:26, 15 October 2013 (UTC)
- ... that a fountain (pictured) to the memory of Greyfriars Bobby was erected in Edinburgh in 1873?
- ... that Buster Crabbe is the only actor to have played Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, and Tarzan — the three most popular pulp fiction heroes of the 1930s?
- ... that José Sarria was the first openly gay candidate for a public office in the United States?
- ... that Steven Spielberg helped establish the PG-13 movie rating for the Motion Picture Association of America?
- ... that the O'Hare International Airport was originally built as a manufacturing factory for airplanes during World War II?
19:09, 23 October 2013 (UTC)
- ... that the brown recluse spider (pictured) can go without food or water for more than a year?
- ... that Frank Kameny was fired by the US Army in 1957 for being gay?
- ... that as many as 12,000 animals were killed in the Berlin Zoo during the bombings of World War II?
- ... that Frank Lloyd Wright's proposed skyscraper The Illinois would have been one mile (1,600 metres) high?
- ... that Miley Cyrus's twerking at the MTV Video Music Awards program was the most tweeted about event in history, with 360,000 tweets per minute?
04:55, 3 November 2013 (UTC)
- ... that the Jack-o'-lantern (pictured) has its origin in the story of Stingy Jack?
- ... that Edward Brooke was the first African-American politician to be popularly elected to the United States Senate?
- ... that Mozart's opera Don Giovanni was first performed on October 29, 1787 in Prague?
- ... that "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" was one of the first works of fiction by an American writer to become popular outside the United States?
- ... that John Williams has been nominated 48 times for an Academy Award, but only won five of them?
19:10, 13 November 2013 (UTC)
- ... that The Wizard of Oz (poster pictured) was named the most-watched movie in history by the Library of Congress?
- ... that Walter Camp is known as the "Father of American Football"?
- ... that Ecuador has one of the greatest densities of volcanoes in the world?
- ... that Lady Gaga bleached her hair blonde so she wouldn't look like Amy Winehouse?
- ... that in 1945, then-Princess Elizabeth joined the British army as a truck driver and mechanic?
06:19, 23 November 2013 (UTC)
- ... that Alice Liddell (pictured) inspired Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass?
- ... that the 1927 movie Wings was the first movie to win an Academy Award for Best Picture?
- ... that that Jewish law says that Shabbat is the most important Jewish holiday?
- ... that Jimmy Carter was the first President of the United States to be born in a hospital?
- ... that the New Jersey Zombie Walk in October 2013 had the largest number of zombie walk participants ever?
9:04, 29 November 2013 (UTC)
- ... that the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) (pictured) was the first naval aircraft carrier to be named after a living former President of the United States?
- ... that the city of Paris was originally named Lutetia Parisiorum by the Romans?
- ... that Jack Klugman was the last surviving actor from the twelve jurors in the 1957 movie 12 Angry Men?
- ... that Claude Debussy did not like his music to be called Impressionist?
- ... that Bobby Fischer was 14 years old when he won his first United States chess championship?