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Did you know...
- ... that "Tippecanoe and Tyler too" (pictured, a campaign banner) was called the "Marseillaise" of the 1840 United States presidential election?
- ...that the Essjay controversy (Essjay pictured) centers around an editor and administrator of the English Wikipedia who was exposed as having falsified his credentials and lied about having a doctorate?
- ...that Charles E. Peterson is widely considered to be the "godfather" of historic preservation in the United States?
- ...that Lance Armstrong's autobiography, It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life, headed the New York Times Best Seller list, and was the William Hill Sports Book of the Year in 2000?
- ...that the Area Boys are a gang of Nigerian street children and teenagers who roam the streets of Lagos extorting money from passers-by?
- ...that Lothar-Günther Buchheim, author of the 1973 novel Das Boot, refused to give his Expressionist paintings to a museum unless it would also display his collection of curiosities?
- ...that the United States National Weather Service's StormReady program has been credited with saving the lives of more than 50 movie-goers in Van Wert County, Ohio in 2002?
- ...that the Simpsons short Good Night aired April 19, 1987 on The Tracey Ullman Show and was the first ever appearance of the Simpson family on television?
- ...that Ladurée, which sells 15,000 macarons (pictured) per day, opened a tea house in its Parisian pastry shop in the 1930s, to cater for society ladies who were then not admitted to cafés?
- ...that Kasongo Ilunga, incumbent Minister of Foreign Trade for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is widely believed to be a non-existent person?
- ...that the best-selling British author Edwy Searles Brooks is estimated to have published 800 adventure novels, including the Norman Conquest and Ironsides Cromwell serialized novels, under several pseudonyms?
- ...that Ahmad Hasan Dani, an expert of South Asian archaeology and Ancient history, was the first Muslim graduate of the Banaras Hindu University?
- ...that Francisco Serrão, one of the Portuguese vessel commanders sent by Afonso de Albuquerque to the 'Spice Islands', took a Javanese woman as his wife when his ship berthed at Gresik?
- ...that William Larrabee (pictured), the 13th Governor of Iowa, almost always posed in profile with the left side of his face showing, because the right side was disfigured in a childhood gun accident?
- ...that many regional cuisines of medieval Europe were heavily influenced by Arab cuisine through contact with Muslim Spain and Sicily?
- ...that Lady Una Troubridge introduced the French writer, Colette to English readers?
- ...that pockets of resistance created during the German invasions of France in 1940 and Yugoslavia in 1941 developed into resistance movements that tied down several German divisions?
- ...that Sol Spiegelman, a prominent American molecular biologist, is credited with creating the Spiegelman Monster?
- ...that the oldest known remains of anatomically modern humans in the world were excavated in the Klasies River Caves?
- ...that, at the age of 100, Buster Martin is believed to be the United Kingdom's oldest employee?
- ...that the Göttingen Academy of Sciences (pictured), founded in 1751 by King George II of Great Britain, is the second oldest of seven academies of sciences in Germany?
- ...that Siba Singha established Sakta Hinduism as the major religion in Assam in the early 18th century?
- ...that the main force of the Łódź Army was destroyed in the Battle of the Border during the Polish Defensive War of 1939, but an Operational Group held out for a month defending the Modlin fortress?
- ...that the nearly circular shape of Lukanga Swamp, a wetland covering 2,600 km² in Central Province, Zambia, has led to speculation that it may be a crater formed by the impact of a meteorite?
- ...that the Stag-moose (Cervalces scotti) went extinct about 11,500 years ago, part of a mass extinction of large North American mammals toward the end of the most recent ice age?
- ...that a Junkers Ju88 was shot down and crashed on the drive of historic Hestercombe House on 28 March 1944?
- ...that the Moscow Pantheon (proposal pictured) was a Soviet project to construct a monumental memorial tomb for prominent Communist figures?
- ...that the Indian Institute in central Oxford, England was founded by Sir Monier-Williams in 1883 to provide training for the Indian Civil Service?
- ...that one of the victoms of convicted Balcony Rapist Paul Callow was awarded damages of $220,000 against the Toronto police force after it failed to warn women in her neighbourhood after four earlier rapes?
- ...that J.C. Newman Cigar Company, founded in 1895, is America's oldest family-owned premium cigar maker?
- ...that the Romanian fascist politician Ion Sân-Giorgiu at first considered Antisemitism to be "an act of poverty of a failed intellectual", but soon changed his position calling Jews a "national cancer"?
- ...that the names of broad gauge railway locomotives were drawn from areas such as Greek, Roman and other mythologies, famous people, literature, flora, fauna, towns, geographical features, speed and power?
- ...that the Embassy Gulf Service Station in Washington, D.C. was designed to be reminiscent of banks and libraries?
- ...that kulintang music (kulintang pictured), a form of Filipino gong music, is said to have existed in North Maluku for centuries?
- ...that British banker, Conservative MP, and conservationist Sir John Lindsay Eric Smith founded the Landmark Trust in 1965?
- ...that a part of Rawa River in Silesia is currently so polluted it is officially classified as a sewage channel?
- ...that Frank Brickowski played basketball in Italy, France and Israel for three years in the early 1980s, until the New York Knicks thought he was ready for the NBA?
- ...that the "Mohawk Valley formula," a strikebreaking plan devised during the Remington Rand strike of 1936-1937, was declared by the National Labor Relations Board to be "a battle plan for industrial war"?
- ...that the Monument to the Heroes of the Military Engineers' Army is dedicated to the Romanian military engineers of World War I, of whom more than a thousand were killed?
- ...that British Labour Party politician Lena Jeger, Baroness Jeger was the oldest female former member of the British House of Commons at the time of her death?
- ...that the exuberant "Smiling Faces" figurines from the Remojadas archaeological site (pictured) are likely related to the local cult of the dead?
- ...that the German submarine U-777 was sunk in October 1944, less than 7 months after being launched?
- ...that George Patterson's score of 271 is the highest total in a single innings for a cricketer from a non-Test nations?
- ...that Silesia Stadium in Poland has hosted crowds of over 100,000 people, but its capacity was reduced below 50,000 to comply with international safety standards?
- ...that Group Captain (later Air Chief Marshal Sir) Frederick Scherger was one of the few senior RAAF officers in Northern Australia to emerge from the inquiry into the bombing of Darwin in February 1942 with his career undamaged?
- ...that "Follow My Heart", performed in five different languages at the Eurovision Song Contest 2006, was the fourth consecutive song by Poland in multiple languages?
- ...that Ronald Reagan announced his engagement to his first wife, Jane Wyman, at the Chicago Theatre (pictured)?
- ...that the Scottish island of Lunga is the location of the "well of the church of St Columba", which reputedly never runs dry?
- ...that in exchange for shutting down the Manhattan Opera Company and refraining from producing opera in the United States for ten years, Oscar Hammerstein I received over a million dollars from the Metropolitan Opera?
- ...that Czech decathlete Roman Šebrle, world record holder and 2004 Olympic winner, was injured in January 2007 when a javelin which had been thrown 55 metres pierced his shoulder?
- ...that Kiev's Museum of Western and Oriental Art houses the largest collection of foreign art in Ukraine?
- ...that private investigator Bradley Willman used a Trojan horse to gain open access to 2,000 to 3,000 computers that had been used to visit websites of interest to pedophiles?
- ...that in his recitals baritone David Bispham (pictured) often sang English versions of songs by Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, and others?
- ...that despite finishing its first season with a profit of $53,000, the Damrosch Opera Company was forced to close due to mounting deficits after only six years in business?
- ...that six striking coal miners, nine of their family members, and one bystander were killed during the Westmoreland County Coal Strike of 1910-1911?
- ...that the Romanian communist politician Valter Roman was active not only in the Romanian Communist Party, but also in the communist parties in Czechoslovakia, France, and Spain?
- ...that in the Old Javanese eulogy of Nagarakretagama, Kertanegara, the last king of the Singhasari kingdom, was deified into three deity forms?
- ...that Amaro spent three hundred years standing at the gate of the Earthly Paradise without being allowed in, according to the Life of Saint Amaro?