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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 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?
18:40, 22 December 2013 (UTC)
- ... that Tadeusz Mazowiecki (pictured) was the first non-communist prime minister of a country in the Eastern Bloc after World War II?
- ... that contrary to popular belief, goldfish have a memory of at least three months and can be trained to perform tricks?
- ... that Detroit, Michigan filed the largest municipal bankruptcy case in United States history?
- ... that the city of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, gets its name from a set of waterfalls in a city park?
- ... that Oprah Winfrey is the only African-American among the 400 richest people in the United States?
05:11, 30 December 2013 (UTC)
- ... that in 1963, Walter Cronkite (pictured) was the first television news reporter to broadcast the assassination of John F. Kennedy?
- ... that the 1906 movie The Story of the Kelly Gang was the world's first full-length feature movie?
- ... that Nelson Mandela got a job as a night watchman after being expelled from Fort Hare University?
- ... that from the Willis Tower it is possible to see four U.S. states at once; Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin?
- ... that London's Big Ben is the biggest four-faced, chiming clock in the world?
22:11, 7 January 2014 (UTC)
- ... that Robert G. Heft (pictured) designed the current United States 50-star flag as a school project?
- ... that Mikhail Gorbachev won a Grammy Award in 2004 for his recording of Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf?
- ... that for hundreds of years, Vietnamese was written in Nôm, which looks like Chinese, but few people today can read this script?
- ... that South Africa has separate legislative, executive, and judicial capitals: Cape Town, Pretoria, and Bloemfontein?
- ... that Douglas Wilder was the first African American governor of any U.S. state since the 1870s?
06:50, 15 January 2014 (UTC)
- ... that Peter O'Toole (pictured) holds the record for most Academy Award nominations without a win by an actor?
- ... that a great white shark's liver can weigh up to be 24 percent of its body weight?
- ... that Benjamin Harrison was the first president of the United States to use electricity in the White House?
- ... that William Ramsay discovered four elements, argon, neon, krypton, and xenon, and showed that they belong to a family of elements now called the noble gases?
- ... that it took Frank Lloyd Wright 700 draft sketches of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum until the final design was created?
00:23, 25 January 2014 (UTC)
- ... that the original Rainbow flag (original flag pictured) had a pink stripe, but was removed due to low mass production of pink cloth?
- ...that although few people in modern times can read Sino-Vietnamese characters, thousands are being added to Unicode?
- ... that Dad's Army star Clive Dunn had surgery to remove a third nipple as a child and nearly died of complications?
- ... that Fred Stobaugh, 96, is the oldest artist ever to appear in the Billboard Hot 100?
- ... that the deepest hole ever made was the Kola Superdeep Borehole in Russia, which reached 12,261 meters (7.6 mi) below the surface?
20:22, 10 February 2014 (UTC)
- ... that the American artist Albert Newsam (pictured) was born deaf and mute?
- ... that Family Guy is the first animated series to be nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Comedy Series since The Flintstones in 1961?
- ... that Roger Ebert was the first movie critic to be honored on the Hollywood Walk of Fame?
- ... that as a child, Benjamin Franklin secretly wrote articles for his brother's newspaper?
- ... that Batman made its first appearance in 1939 under the name "Bat-Man"?
03:59, 28 February 2014 (UTC)
- ... that President José Mujica of Uruguay (pictured) donates 90 percent of his salary to charity?
- ... that the first case of someone with Alzheimer's disease was diagnosed in 1906 by Alois Alzheimer?
- ... that there is an urban legend about Walt Disney's body being cryonically frozen and buried at a Disneyland theme park?
- ... that the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is the largest presidential library in the United States?
- ... that Eugene Allen served as a White House butler for eight presidents of the United States from 1952 to 1986?
23:53, 27 May 2014 (UTC)
- ... that Huckleberry Finn author Mark Twain's (pictured) real name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens?
- ... that serial bomber Theodore Kaczynski was an assistant mathematician at the University of California, Berkeley?
- ... that the Tianhe-2 is the fastest computer in the world?
- ... that Alice Herz-Sommer was the oldest Holocaust survivor until her death, aged 110, in February 2014?
- ... that the assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan was planned by John Hinckley, Jr. to impress actress Jodie Foster?
14:18, 5 August 2014 (UTC)
- ... that Aron Ralston (pictured) amputated his own right arm to free himself from a boulder in south-central Utah?
- ... that fungi are not plants, but are a separate kingdom of living things?
- ... that Walter D. Ehlers was the last living Medal of Honor recipient who fought at Omaha Beach on D-Day?
- ... that the innate immune system is in every animal and plant?
- ... that there are at least three stories that tells why the food dish eggs benedict was named Benedict?
12:54, 24 August 2014 (UTC)
- ... that the Vezina Trophy (pictured) is awarded every year to the best goaltender in the National Hockey League?
- ... that the common wombat is the largest burrowing, planting-eating mammal in the world?
- ... that the economic policy Reaganomics is a portmanteau word of Reagan and economics created by Paul Harvey?
- ... that the Octopus card is the second contactless smart card system in the world?
- ... that Robert A. M. Stern designed the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts?
19:01, 31 August 2014 (UTC)
- ... that the Willis Tower has glass balconies (pictured) that stretch four feet out of the tower and allow visitors to see 1,353 feet (412 m) below them?
- ... that Killer whales, or Orcas, hunt in family groups called pods?
- ... that James Brady's death was said to be a homicide caused by a gunshot wound he received about 33 years ago?
- ... that in 1852, 300 baby girls in Boston were named Eva after the character in Uncle Tom's Cabin?
- ... that Jerry Maren is the last surviving munchkin character from the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz?
18:12, 7 September 2014 (UTC)
- ... that in 1982, Ronald Reagan (pictured) became the first American president to address the British Parliament?
- ... that the 2012 NATO Summit was the first NATO summit held in the United States outside of Washington, D.C.?
- ... that in 1943, George H. W. Bush was the youngest pilot in the United States Navy at the time?
- ... that the Great Chicago Fire started as nine separate fires?
- ... that Adolfo Suárez was the first democratically elected prime minister of Spain after the dictator Franco?
17:38, 16 September 2014 (UTC)
- ... that on every St. Patrick's Day, the entire Chicago River (pictured) is dyed green?
- ... that Dwight D. Eisenhower was the first President of the United States to be President of all 50 states?
- ... that Nancy Reagan created the anti-drug campaign "Just Say No"?
- ... that RMS Titanic captain Edward J. Smith was set to retire after the Titanic's maiden voyage, but died when it sank in 1912?
- ... that the Space Needle was built to withstand winds up to 200 miles per hour (89 m/s) and earthquakes of up to 9.1 magnitude?
14:21, 23 September 2014 (UTC)
- ... that Ronald Reagan's speech "Tear down this wall!" (Reagan pictured) was originally delivered to honor the 750th anniversary of Berlin?
- ... that James Madison was the shortest United States president at 5 feet 4 inches (1.63 m)?
- ... that the Home Insurance Building was the first building to be called a skyscraper?
- ... that Lake Michigan is the only Great Lake that isn't partly in Canada?
- ... that the Capybara is the world's largest rodent?
01:48, 30 September 2014 (UTC)
- ... that the date that Elizabeth I (pictured) became queen was a national holiday for two hundred years?
- ... that Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was the first American to translate Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy?
- ... that Washington National Cathedral was the site for the state funerals of three American presidents?
- ... that the official name of Mexico is Estados Unidos Mexicanos, which means United Mexican States?
- ... that Geoffrey Rush was the first Australian-born actor to win an Academy Award for acting?
15:59, 7 October 2014 (UTC)
- ... that Coco Chanel (pictured) was the only fashion designer to be named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people of the 20th century?
- ... that former President of Ecuador Abdalá Bucaram was removed from office because he was declared as mentally unfit to rule by the Ecuadorian congress?
- ... that Arsenal tube station is the only London Underground station named directly after a football club?
- ... that Roman Emperor Caligula appointed a horse as priest?
- ... that the windows of the 13th century La Sainte-Chapelle have 6,458 sq. ft. of glass?
17:54, 14 October 2014 (UTC)
- ... that Juan Bosch (pictured) was the first democratically-elected President of the Dominican Republic?
- ... that Emile Griffith was the first person from the U.S. Virgin Islands to become a world champion in boxing?
- ... that Harry F. Byrd, Jr. was the first Independent politician to be elected to the U.S. Senate by a majority of the popular vote?
- ... that Charlie Chaplin once entered a Charlie Chaplin look-a-like contest and lost?
- ... that Edmund Muskie held the highest office by any Polish American in American history?
16:24, 9 December 2014
- ... that Hans Christian Andersen (pictured) always carried a rope on his travels to use as a fire escape?
- ... that Jennie Wade was the only Gettysburg civilian killed directly during the Battle of Gettysburg?
- ... that Uruguay was the first country in the world to legalize the use and sale of cannabis?
- ... that Laika, the first animal to orbit the Earth, died in outer space when her spacecraft overheated?
- ... that in 1978, Pope Paul VI offered his life as an exchange for the release of kidnaped-Italian Prime minister Aldo Moro?
02:50, 19 December 2014 (UTC)
- ... that George McGovern (pictured) decided to run for President of the United States in 1968 because Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated?
- ... that Iran is the world's largest exporter and producer of caviar?
- ... that Academy Award-winning actor Christopher Plummer is the great-grandson of Canadian prime minister John Abbott?
- ... that Americans eat eight billion chickens every year?
- ... that former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt bought 38,000 cigarettes due to a fear of them being banned in Europe?
03:30, 11 April 2015 (UTC)
- ... that until his death in 2014, FBI agent Walter Walsh (pictured) was the oldest living Olympic competitor at the age of 106?
- ... that ostriches have the largest eyes of all land animals?
- ... that Kenneth Arrow is the youngest person to have received Nobel Prize in Economics at the age of 51?
- ... that the Euthanasia Coaster is a roller coaster that is designed to kill its riders?
- ... that some sponges are carnivores?
22:00, 2 August 2015 (UTC)
- ... that Ronald Reagan (pictured) won more electoral votes in a single election than any other American president, winning 49 out of the 50 states?
- ... that the Order of the Garter is the world's oldest national order to knighthood?
- ... that Mary Rowlandson's 1682 book about her capture by Native Americans is considered America's first "bestseller"?
- ... that Australia is the world's largest producer of bauxite?
- ... that macadamia nuts are toxic to dogs?