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Did you know...
- ...that an endoclip (pictured) is used to close two mucosal surfaces in the gastrointestinal tract without the need for surgery and suturing?
- ...that the Kraków szopka is a unique Polish Christmas tradition that portrays artistic interpretations of buildings of Kraków along nativity scenes?
- ...that the biggest walk-through aviary in India is located on the shore of the Karanji Lake in Mysore?
- ...that Shinozaki Mamoru was credited as the "Japanese Schindler" for saving thousands of Chinese and Eurasians during the Japanese Occupation of Singapore?
- ...that the Romanian poet Mehmet Niyazi, a major figure in Crimean Tatar literature, was expelled from Crimea three times during his lifetime?
- ...that on average, laying the track leading up to the final spike of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway cost $112,000 a mile?
- ...that the Defense Production Administration, a branch of the U.S. government set up to oversee defense production during wartime mobilization, was abolished after only two years?
- ...that the Center Region of Argentina produces 90% of the country's vegetable oil?
- ...that John Vesey, a 16th-century bishop of Exeter, had a fordkeeper's cottage built along Plants Brook to help provide security for travelers on the Wylde Green Road?
- ...that Pokey Allen, former head coach of the Portland State Vikings football team, appeared in television commercials threatening to have himself shot out of a cannon into the backyards of anyone not buying season tickets?
- ...that after an ultimatum by the Chicago White Stockings to pull his African American players from the active roster, baseball manager Charlie Morton put Moses Fleetwood Walker back on despite having given him time off for injuries?
- ...that classification of the Yellow-crowned Amazon (pictured) is so problematic that some authorities divide it into three separate species?
- ...that Isaac Ironside, a politician in Sheffield, attempted to implement ideas originating from Robert Owen and from Toulmin Smith's localist theories?
- ...that some of the disused railway stations between Plymouth in Devon and Penzance in Cornwall, England, were closed during the "Beeching Axe" in the 1960s?
- ...that from 1950 to 1953, the Office of Defense Mobilization was one of the most powerful agencies in the U.S., controlling almost every facet of the economy?
- ...that Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard created a belief system regarding sexual activity?
- ...that American thoroughbred race horse Little Current received the 1974 Eclipse Award for Outstanding 3-Year-Old Male Horse despite having his racing career ended mid-season by a bone chip in his leg?
- ...that the Tibetan Tree of physiology (pictured) thangka describes a detailed account of anatomical knowledge gained through ritual human dissection?
- ...that chief justice Frederick Richard Jordan once decided that the government of New South Wales had "no business" refusing a water irrigation licence just because the applicant was Italian?
- ...that Bertie Smalls, considered by many as Britain's first supergrass, avoided jail by informing on his partners-in-crime, despite having led them in an armed bank robbery?
- ...that the non-fiction book All Gods Children was cited by a report of the American Psychiatric Association, to describe coercive persuasion?
- ...that Georgian theatre director Kote Marjanishvili's use of puppetry in his adaptation of Oedipus Rex was inspired by a similar set-up in Edward Gordon Craig's 1911 adaptation of Hamlet?
- ...that John Constable did full-size oil sketches before starting all his largest "six-footer" paintings?
- ...that at the age of 21, Roman Emperor Nero (pictured) instituted the games of Juvenalia in recognition of the first shaving of his beard?
- ...that the Mills District, Minneapolis is an area of massive transformation of abandoned flour mills to new museums, parks, theaters, and condominiums?
- ...that in the Indian Gaarudi Gombe ceremonial dance, dancers are required to wear full-body doll-suits made of bamboo sticks?
- ...that in 2003, aged 70, former English Football League and international soccer referee Pat Partridge took over as linesman in a non-league match he was watching, after the original linesman took over from the injured referee?
- ...that Cameroon's Western High Plateau has a rainy season that lasts nine months?
- ...that a tiger-haunted jungle was cleared to make way for the wide grassy stretch of the Maidan park of Kolkata?
- ...that "Anytime You Need" was the first Eurovision Song Contest entry to feature lyrics in Armenian?
- ...that an average of 90,000 people a month walk, jog, cycle or skate along Florida's Pinellas Trail?
- ...that when Captain Linda Garcia Cubero (pictured) graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1980, she was the first Latina to graduate from any U.S. military service academy?
- ...that John Martin Scripps was the first Briton in Singapore to be sentenced to death by hanging?
- ...that the 2800 verses of the Mohanatarangini make it the longest work by Kanaka Dasa, a 16th century saint and one of the foremost names in Kannada literature?
- ...that the ethnically-fueled 1989 Sukhumi riots in the Soviet Union's Abkhaz ASSR left eighteen dead and almost 450 injured?
- ...that Christopher Buckley's novel Florence of Arabia was an homage to Fern Holland, one of the first U.S. civilians to be killed in the Iraq War?
- ...that the Imperial Russian statesman and sociologist Paul von Lilienfeld laid out his theories on organicism when he served as the governor of Courland?
- ...that the Gaussian Network Model has a wide range of applications from enzymes composed of a single domain, to large macromolecular assemblies, such as ribosomes and viral capsids?
- ...that 18th century Franco-Portuguese industrialist Jácome Ratton (pictured) left a vivid account of the 1755 Lisbon earthquake in his memoirs and was exiled to the Azores during the Napoleonic Wars?
- ...that Rotylenchulus reniformis, a roundworm found in tropical and subtropical areas throughout the world, is a major parasite of crop plants?
- ...that Robert Harrill, ironically known as the "Fort Fisher Hermit," received thousands of visitors per year and was once the second most popular tourist attraction in North Carolina?
- ...that American evolutionary biologist Jack Lester King co-authored a provocative 1969 paper, "Non-Darwinian Evolution", on the neutral theory of molecular evolution?
- ...that, while the first model of the Atar Volant series was a simple turbojet engine, the third model was a proper coleopter, an aircraft with an annular wing that is able to land and take-off vertically without need of a runway?
- ...that the Defense Production Act played a vital role in the establishment of the American domestic aluminum and titanium processing industries in the 1950s?
- ...that the 200 km/h maximum speed of the Munich-Nuremberg Express (pictured) makes it the only regional train in Germany fast enough to not impede ICE traffic?
- ...that Himalayan Hemlock (Tsuga dumosa) was first brought in the United Kingdom in 1838?
- ...that the Hukou F-5F crash in May 2007 involved an F-5/F jet fighter hitting a military base on Taiwan while simulating a low attack, killing four people?
- ...that Joseph Schröter, a 19th century Prussian military doctor, was a noted mycologist who discovered and described many previously unknown species of flora and fungi?
- ...that Alessandro Striggio's influential Missa sopra Ecco sì beato giorno will be performed in June 2007 after being lost for more than 400 years?
- ...that Irish cricketer Scott Huey was the last bowler to dismiss Sir Len Hutton in first-class cricket?
- ...that the Christianization of Lithuania (pictured) was completed in 1413 when Samogitia, the last pagan nation in Europe, was converted?
- ...that Australian author Ion Idriess wrote an average of one book every ten months for 42 years?
- ...that the Haberbusch i Schiele company provided food for the entire city of Warsaw during the Uprising of 1944?
- ...that the spring of the Hell-Bourg village spa on Réunion started to fail around 1920, but an attempt to reopen it with dynamite caused the partial destruction of the spa, while the spring was later buried by a landslide?
- ...that the Marcab Confederacy was said by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard to be one of the most powerful galactic civilizations?
- ...that racist coon songs (sheet music book pictured) paved the way for popular acceptance of ragtime music?
- ...that with the publication of Deepnirban in 1876, Swarnakumari Devi became the first woman novelist amongst the Bengali people?
- ...that the non-fiction book Cults: Faith, Healing and Coercion is cited in the definition of Cults, by the American Psychological Association's Encyclopedia of Psychology?
- ...that Polish composer Roman Palester 's involvement with Radio Free Europe in the early 1950s led to communist officials expunging his name from official publications and prohibiting performances of his work?
- ...that Reid Stowe and Soanya Ahmad are attempting to circle the globe multiple times in a 1,000 day, non-stop voyage in a gaff-rigged schooner designed and built by Stowe?
- ...that Clemente Micara was the Vatican’s first envoy to Czechoslovakia?
- ...that the British Percival P.74 helicopter project (pictured) was canceled in 1956 because the aircraft was unable to fly?
- ...that Estonian nationalist Aili Jõgi, aged 14, blew up the wooden memorial that preceded the Bronze Soldier in Tallinn in 1946?
- ...that in the 1984 Brown v. Hotel and Restaurant Employees case, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a New Jersey gaming law requiring union leaders to be of good moral character?
- ...that Frederick Bligh Bond enlisted the help of a number of spiritualist mediums to guide his excavations at Glastonbury Abbey?
- ...that the Six Feet Under episode The Plan has been described as a parody of Werner Erhard's est and The Forum personal development programs?
- ...that Iowa Stars centre Aaron Gagnon twice lost out on a Western Hockey League award to the Medicine Hat Tigers' Kris Russell before finally winning an award of his own?
- ...that the House of the Faun, one of the grandest private residences discovered in Pompeii, is named after the statue of a dancing faun (replica pictured), in its central impluvium?
- ...that NFL hall of famer Bud Grant and MLB hall of famer Dave Winfield both played for the Minnesota Golden Gophers men's basketball team?
- ...that the land of Haydarpaşa Cemetery, a burial ground in Istanbul, Turkey for British Commonwealth soldiers from three wars, belonged to Suleiman the Magnificent?
- ...that heavyweight boxer Joe Baksi recorded nine victories in his first year as a professional, including one over future actor Jack Palance?
- ..that Marie de France's poem "Chevrefoil", one of the 12 Lais of Marie de France, recounts an episode from the legend of Tristan and Iseult?
- ...that 47 people were killed in a gun turret explosion (pictured) onboard USS Iowa on April 29, 1989?
- ...that the linenfold style of relief carving, popular in Northern Europe from the 14th to 16th centuries, could be made with little carpentry skill and was mass produced in workshops from the later 15th century?
- ...that the once-buried remains of a power canal and flour mills in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota have been unearthed and are now open as Mill Ruins Park to provide historical interpretation in the area?
- ...that the World of Final Fantasy VIII is the second in the Final Fantasy series of console role-playing games to include pre-rendered backgrounds?
- ...that in Greek mythology, Heracles chased off the man-eating birds of Lake Stymphalia by playing castanet-like clappers called "crotala"?
- ...that the GTP category of the IMSA GT Championship (car pictured) was credited with innovations including antilock brakes, traction control and active suspension?
- ...that Tomorrow's Pioneers, a television program for children produced by Hamas, features a mascot similar to Mickey Mouse?
- ...that the Atari 8-bit computer game Dandy was originally written as its developer's MIT thesis?
- ...that the lyrics of one of the most popular French folk songs, Marlbrough s'en va-t-en guerre, which has the same melody as the English song For He's a Jolly Good Fellow, were written on a false rumour?
- ...that the concept of a communist crime was introduced in Polish law to facilitate studying and prosecution of crimes committed by people in authority against Polish citizens or the nation?
- ...that Kendal mint cake was carried by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay on the first successful ascent of Everest?
- ...that the Ludlow wall boxes (sample pictured), unlike traditional British cast-iron pillar boxes, are made largely of wood?
- ...that the Greater Poland Uprising of 1806 was one of two entirely victorious uprisings in the history of Poland? (UTC)
- ...that Saskatchewan Highway 39 is one of the nation of Canada's busiest highways, providing ease of transport for $6 billion in trade goods via approximately 100,000 trucks over the year?
- ...that The Haunted Manor is the most famous and popular of Polish operas?
- ...that the non-fiction book From Slogans to Mantras was cited in Choices as an Outstanding Academic Title that should be owned by every library?
- ...that William Hone played cricket both for and against the MCC inside four days in June 1868?
- ...that the floor of the Church of St. Wojciech (pictured) in Old Town, Kraków is up to 2.6 m below the level of the Main Market Square, repeatedly overlaid with new pavement in the course of eight centuries?
- ...that Manitoba Provincial Route 394 is the farthest north in the province?
- ...that the body of Grand Duke Dimitri Konstantinovich of Russia was rescued from a mass grave and secretly buried in the garden of a house in St. Petersburg?
- ...that the Open NAND Flash Interface Working Group is developing a standardized interface for NAND flash, the memory used in flash drives, digital cameras, and MP3 players?
- ...that the novel The Program draws on influences from Lifespring, Werner Erhard, and Large Group Awareness Training?
- ...that John Paterson (pictured) was the last Archbishop of Glasgow of the Church of Scotland?
- ...that the 2,700 feet (820 m) wide River Warren Falls fell 175 feet (53 m) in the area that is now downtown St. Paul, Minnesota almost 12,000 years ago?
- ...that Brazilian director Humberto Mauro first became interested in film after buying a Kodak camera in 1923, and won the Brazilian film of the year award only 4 years later?
- ...that the Battle of Durbe was by far the largest defeat suffered by the Teutonic Knights and Livonian Order in the 13th century?
- ...that Leung Kar Yan, one of the best-known kung fu film stars in Hong Kong action cinema, actually knew no martial arts and simply copied moves shown to him?