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Did you know...
- ...that the currently abandoned Old High School of Music (pictured) in Rousse, Bulgaria has previously housed a primary school, a junior high school, a university, and a trade school?
- ...that the wealthy connoisseur Claude-Henri Watelet created the first romantic landscape garden in France?
- ...there are at least twelve large Rottnest Island shipwrecks?
- ...that for fifty years the Red River Trails were used by Red River ox carts as the principal means of transportation between modern-day Winnipeg, Manitoba and St Paul, Minnesota?
- ...that Bold Lane car park, used by shoppers in Derby, England, is one of the ten most secure places in the world alongside Air Force One, Area 51, and Fort Knox?
- ...that before he became Vice Chancellor at Ahmadu Bello University, Ishaya Audu was the personal physician of the University's namesake, Ahmadu Bello?
- ...that the Cross in the Woods shrine (pictured) in Michigan contains the United States' largest collection of figurative dolls dressed as nuns?
- ...that there are 43 designated "Areas of Concern" within the Great Lakes watershed that show severe environmental degradation?
- ...that some South Welsh coal miners in the 1800s would raid the homes of strikebreakers dressed as a "herd" of Scotch Cattle?
- ...that Jyotirindranath Tagore played a major role in the flowering of the talents in his younger brother, the first Asian Nobel Prize winner Rabindranath Tagore?
- ...that James Mortimer was regularly invited to chess tournaments even though he lost most of his matches, managing to beat masters including Johannes Zukertort and Mikhail Chigorin?
- ...that the film Quitting, originally titled Yesterday in an allusion to the song by The Beatles, was retitled after copyright owner Michael Jackson withheld permission to use the song title?
- ...that Japanese painter Uemura Shoen (work pictured) was the first woman awarded Japan's prestigious Order of Culture?
- ...that a researcher at the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences discovered that the linear arrangement of genes on a chromosome corresponds to the development of body segments in fruit flies?
- ...that Victor Gauntlett supplied his personal pre-production Aston Martin Vantage for use in the filming of the James Bond film "The Living Daylights"?
- ...that the architecture of Ottawa is dominated by its role as the national capital of Canada?
- ...that in the 1989 kidnapping of Rubaiya Sayeed, the daughter of the Minister for Home Affairs of India at the time, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, was kidnapped within 5 days of his assuming that office?
- ...that the Cave of the Mounds’s many speleothems have earned it recognition as the “jewel box” of North American caves?
- ...that Itasca State Park (pictured) in Minnesota contains the headwaters of the Mississippi River?
- ...that cefquinome is an antibiotic developed to treat bovine respiratory disease?
- ...that marine conservation activists have organized an annual International Coastal Cleanup day that draws more than 300,000 volunteers in 88 countries to pick up trash from the beaches around the world?
- ...that Dr Sue Gordon became the first full-time and first Aboriginal magistrate in Western Australia in 1988?
- ...that the Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge protects nearly 7,000 acres of American crocodile habitat in southern Florida?
- ...that Sabancaya, a 5,976 m (19,606 ft) stratovolcano in the Andes, is the most active volcano in Peru?
- ...that the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge (pictured) was the first of more than 500 national wildlife refuges in the United States?
- ...that arctic haze contributes to global warming, raising temperatures by up to 5.4°C (3°F) during the arctic winter?
- ...that British rifleman William Green's memoir is one of the few accounts by an enlisted man of life in the Duke of Wellington's army, and as such, has provided source material for many historians?
- ...that Xaltocan, an island in Mexico, means "sandy ground of spiders" in Nahuatl?
- ...that the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin provides visitors with rides in an 80-year-old biplane?
- ...that in 1851, Hugh O'Bryant was elected the first mayor of Portland, Oregon by a mere four votes?
- ...that Roseland Christian School (pictured) changed from a completely Dutch-American student body in 1884 to a completely African American one by the mid 1980s?
- ...that King Henry VIII was a talented musician and composer, and his song Pastime with Good Company became a popular tune throughout Renaissance Europe and remains a choral favorite?
- ...that Iceland leads the world in renewable energy and is the first country to supply all electricity from renewable sources?
- ...that Doppler spectroscopy was used to discover the first extrasolar planet in 1995 and has since been used to identify more than a hundred exoplanet candidates?
- ...that overcrowding in Chicago’s racially segregated Black Belt was so severe that in 1934 an estimated 6.8 people were living in the average kitchenette apartment?
- ...that the Sviatohirsk Lavra (pictured), an Orthodox Christian monastery in eastern Ukraine that dates back to the 1500s, was recently rebuilt anew after being destroyed by the Soviets in the 1930s?
- ...that Israeli pilot and peace activist Abie Nathan landed his plane in Egypt in 1966 in an attempt to deliver a message of peace to President Nasser?
- ...that the average speed of the contestants in the Great Steamboat Race, held each year before the Kentucky Derby, is only 7 miles per hour?
- ...that the 2008 Olympic Torch Relay will carry the Olympic torch across 22 countries on 6 continents between March and August 2008?
- ...that Werner Erhard was investigated by the Church of Scientology after he incorporated Scientology beliefs and practices into Erhard Seminars Training and The Forum?
- ...that Albert Tissandier (pictured) and his brother Gaston demonstrated the first electric powered flight?
- ...that chocolate was the first non-alcoholic social beverage in early modern European cuisine?
- ...that the South Wales Gas Pipeline is the United Kingdom's largest high pressure gas pipeline?
- ...that the Tulsa Golden Hurricane men's basketball team has won two NIT championships and made 14 NCAA Tournament appearances, but has also had a winless season?
- ...that children in a test audience for Sesame Street’s episode Snuffy's Parents Get a Divorce were so devastated by the show that producers declined to air it?
- ...that Saint Gorgonia supposedly cured herself of a life-threatening illness by anointing herself with elements of the Eucharist mixed with her own tears?
- ...that Sir Arthur Chichester (pictured) was appointed Governor of Carrickfergus in 1598, succeeding his brother, who had been killed in battle and whose head was used as a football by the victors?
- ...that huge boulders can be transported to the open ocean by rafts of plant matter?
- ...that Israel is the world's largest recipient of United States overseas military assistance?
- ...that the Romanian organization Corpul Muncitoresc Legionar was created by the Iron Guard in order to rally the working class around fascism?
- ...that the cast of By the Sword (1991), the first feature film about fencing, included two actors sharing the same name as the director?
- ...that real estate developer James Graham Brown, who was worth $100 million when he died in 1969, lived most of his life in a small suite in his Brown Hotel?
- ...that reindeer hunting provides an important staple food for many households in Greenland?
- ...that William Marshall produced an engraving (pictured) of Charles I of England as a Christian martyr for the Eikon Basilike, published ten days after the King was executed in 1649?
- ...that the expulsion of Poles by Germany was contemplated in the 19th century and implemented in the 20th?
- ...that more than half of the 214 bird species found on Barbados are considered "accidental"—that is, they are found there only because they strayed off-course?
- ...that selenium contamination in the late 1970s led the Kesterson Reservoir in Central California, once rich in several species of fish and other life, to only support saline-tolerant mosquitofish?
- ...that a separatist group refuses to allow the exploitation of crude oil and natural gas reserves in the Ogaden Basin, Ethiopia?
- ...that aggressive NK-cell leukemia, a type of leukemia with a systemic proliferation of natural killer cells, is more prevalent in Asians than other ethnic groups?
- ...that Dragon's Teeth Gate (pictured), an ancient navigational landmark, was documented in one of the earliest historic records of Singapore?
- ...that Golden Boy was the first book musical ever to play at the London Palladium?
- ...that English cricketer and footballer Arthur Milton was the last surviving person to have played Test cricket for the England cricket team and international football for the England football team?
- ...that Klaus Traube worked on building the German fast breeder in Kalkar when he changed his view about nuclear power, went into opposition and was considered a security threat by the German secret service?
- ...that a 1922 dispute about how Georgia was to be integrated into the Soviet Union was one of the factors that led Lenin to break with Stalin and call for his removal for office in his testament?
- ...that Orval Grove was one out away from a no-hitter on July 8, 1943 when Joe Gordon doubled off of him?