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Did you know...
- ...that the fight scene between Peter Griffin and a giant chicken on Family Guy episode Blind Ambition was originally created for the episode Cleveland Loretta Quagmire?
- ...that conservative radio talk show host Moon Griffon, who broadcasts statewide from Monroe, is sometimes known as the Rush Limbaugh of Louisiana?
- ...that the Raichur Thermal Power Station is the first thermal power plant to be set up in the Indian state of Karnataka and accounts for about 40% of the total power generated in the state?
- ...that tradition states Severus of Barcelona was given the position of Bishop of Barcelona because a pigeon landed on his head?
- ...that Siniloan River in the Philippines is known by tourists for its five waterfalls and clear and easily accessible headwaters?
- ...that the Valle d'Aosta DOC in the Alps of northwestern Italy is home to the highest elevated vineyards in all of Europe?
- ...that the Japanese-backed Empire of Vietnam (flag pictured) of Tran Trong Kim reunified the country in 1945 for the first time since French colonisation?
- ...that businessman Peter Bynoe oversaw the development of New Comiskey Park, which was instrumental in keeping the Chicago White Sox from leaving the city?
- ...that the Visigothic Reccopolis, founded in Hispania in 578 by King Leovigild, and lost until 1944, was one of only two new cities founded in Western Europe between the 5th and 9th centuries?
- ...that Lavinia Fisher is widely recognised as the first female serial killer in the United States of America?
- ...that the series of unconventional aircraft designed by Jonathan Edward Caldwell may be responsible for reported sightings of flying saucers in the United States throughout the 1950s and 60s?
- ...that the Articulating Propulsion System with thrust vectoring control allows the Super Dvora Mk III to function in shallow waters at drafts of 1.2 meters for various mission environments?
- ...that upon completion, the thirteen-volume History of Lithuania will be the largest and the most comprehensive academic publication covering Lithuania’s history ever released?
- ...that there is more variation in the design of direction signs (example pictured) internationally than in any other class of road sign?
- ...that in 2007, the Trinity Tigers threw 15 backward passes in 62 seconds to defeat the Millsaps Majors with the longest play in college football history?
- ...that the Jami al-Tawarikh, a work of Persian literature by Rashid al-Din, was initially commissioned to document the history of the Mongols, but later expanded to cover the history of the entire world as known to Persians from the time of Adam to the 14th century?
- ...that some U.S. commercial airliners are now being equipped with the Northrop Grumman Guardian anti-missile system to counter terrorist attacks with shoulder-launched missiles?
- ...that during the Peninsular War, French forces in Extremadura led by Marshal Édouard Mortier took barely an hour to kill 1,000 Spanish soldiers and take 4,000 prisoners in winning the Battle of the Gebora?
- ...that Praejectus, Bishop of Clermont, was assassinated for his supposed involvement in the earlier death of a lord of Marseilles?
- ...that Batesian and Müllerian mimicry provided early evidence for the theory of evolution put forward by Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace?
- ...that French poet Ronsard correctly predicted that Tuileries Palace, one of the many building projects of Catherine de' Medici (pictured), would be deserted within a hundred years?
- ...that water absorption is responsible for most of the incoming sunlight and outgoing thermal radiation absorbed by the Earth's atmosphere?
- ...that the police officer who illegally shot Nathaniel Levi Gaines in 1996 became the third officer from the New York City Police Department to be sentenced for committing a crime while on active duty?
- ...that Khoo Kheng-Hor, a Malaysian author, was appointed as honorary Assistant Superintendent of Police in Singapore, in recognition for his contemporary application of Sun Tzu's Art of War?
- ...that David Letterman parodied Werner Erhard in the 1978 Mork & Mindy episode Mork Goes Erk?
- ...that the American Ceylon Mission founded Asia's first all girls boarding school in 1824, in Sri Lanka?
- ...that Juan Bautista Villalpando proposed that the classical orders were derived originally from Solomon's Temple, not from ancient Greek architecture as Vitruvius had written?
- ...that California's 2007 Santiago Fire (pictured) was started deliberately?
- ...that Andrew Michael Dasburg's three "daringly experimental" Cubist pieces at the 1913 Armory Show introduced many Americans to modern art?
- ...that the Lwów dialect was one of the first dialects of the Polish language to be properly classified?
- ...that the human mouth is colonized by microorganisms around puberty?
- ...that Judge Henry Stump of Baltimore's circuit court was the only jurist in the history of Maryland to be removed from the bench by the Maryland General Assembly?
- ...that BBC journalist Leonard Miall worked on psychological warfare in New York and San Francisco with the Political Warfare Executive during World War II?
- ...that granular cheese is produced by repeatedly stirring and draining a mixture of curds and whey?
- ...that the monastery of Nea Moni on the island of Chios, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, contains some of the finest surviving mosaics (example pictured) from the Macedonian Renaissance?
- ...that Prema Karanth is the first woman to direct a Kannada film?
- ...that the astronomical observatory at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica is named after physicist Martin A. Pomerantz?
- ...that a T-54 tank of the Polish Army killed seven children watching on the sidewalk during a military parade in Szczecin in 1962?
- ...that Shaukat Usmani was a candidate for the Communist Party of Great Britain in the 1929 UK general election while imprisoned in India?
- ...that Node Magazine, a hypertext version of William Gibson's Spook Country, is a fictional magazine named after a fictional magazine in the novel?
- ...that Abdulameer Yousef Habeeb (pictured) was jailed for his failure to submit to a U.S. Special Registration program from which he was supposed to be exempt?
- ...that the First International Syndicalist Congress in 1913 was compared to "Hamlet without the Prince of Denmark" because the world's largest syndicalist organization was absent?
- ...that Sir John Port, patron of Oxford University was involved in the trials of two saints and a Queen?
- ...that though it started as a block party in 1975, Capital Pride in Washington, D.C., is now the fourth-largest gay pride parade and festival in the United States?
- ...that William Couper is considered one of the first prominent entomologists in Canada?
- ...that Shoyna, on a peninsula of Russia's Nenets Autonomous Okrug, is more than half buried by sand dunes caused by permafrost and trawling?
- ...that the foundation of the largest dam in Iraq is subject to so much erosion that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has warned about the risk of a collapse that would kill up to 500,000 people?
- ...that BBC cameraman Charles de Jaeger got the idea for the Panorama April Fools report on the Swiss spaghetti harvest from a phrase used by one of his school teachers in Vienna?
- ...that fossil Thelodont fish (depiction pictured) surprised scientists by showing that stomachs evolved before jaws?
- ...that the Treaty of Reichenbach signaled both Prussia's first retreat from the policies of Frederick the Great, as well as the beginning of its decline?
- ...that an explanation for the derivation of Aughanduff, a townland in Armagh, is that it means ford of the ox or Áth an Daimh in Irish?
- ...that Song Hye-rang is a North Korean defector who looked after Kim Jong-nam, the child of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il?
- ...that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Beard v. Banks that it is not unconstitutional to deny newspapers to violent prison inmates, who can use them to start fires and make weapons?
- ...that the Australian lamington cake is believed to have been named after Charles Cochrane-Baillie, 2nd Baron Lamington, the then-Governor of Queensland?
- ...that during the Lithuanian press ban from 1864 to 1904, it was illegal in Lithuania to print, import, distribute, or possess any publications that were written in the Lithuanian language using the Latin alphabet?
- ...that Chef Morou Ouattara opened his own restaurant after he lost his job as Signatures Restaurant's executive chef in the fallout of the Jack Abramoff scandals?
- ...that RAOC officer George Styles was awarded the George Cross in 1972 for defusing booby-trapped bombs planted by terrorists in Northern Ireland, including two bombs left at the Europa Hotel in Belfast within a matter of days?
- ...that Joshua Jebb designed equipment for siege warfare and famous prisons like Pentonville (pictured), Mountjoy and Broadmoor?
- ...that the programmable metallization cell is one of many contenders aiming to become a Flash RAM replacement?
- ...that in the year 2004, both the Tamil and Telugu language versions of the Kannada novel Parva won the Sahitya Akademi of India's translation award?
- ...that a church was built in memory of Parkin Jeffcock who led a rescue during the Oaks colliery explosions which killed over 350?
- ...that the paddle-wheel cyclogyro aircraft design refuses to die after almost a century of failed attempts to build one?
- ...that Powderfinger's "Living Type" was about Charles Manson's cult victims, not about love or menstruation as had been speculated by some lyrical analysts?
- ...that Luzerne County Commissioner, former professional athlete and University of Michigan Wolverine offensive lineman, Greg Skrepenak, was inducted into the Pennsylvania State Sports Hall of Fame?
- ...that Edward Abbott was the first judge to sit in a permanent civil court in the Australian State of Tasmania?
- ...that Olegarius, Archbishop of Tarragona, became a canon priest when he was only ten years old?
- ...that John Phillips was one of the first judges appointed to the Supreme Court of Victoria and that his nickname was "Equity Jack"?
- ...that the 74181 chip (pictured) greatly simplified the development and manufacture of computers during the late 1960s and 1970s?
- ...that Bartolomé Calvo became President of the Granadine Confederation after his predecessor's term ended and no new president had been elected?
- ...that during the Italian War of 1542–1546, the population of Toulon, France was expelled to make room for an Ottoman naval base?
- ...that an aircraft which misses the arrestor cables on an aircraft carrier and needs to accelerate away is referred to as a bolter?
- ...that the exploits of the 6th-century Roman general John Troglita are the subject of one of the last epic poems of antiquity, the Iohannis by Flavius Cresconius Corippus?
- ...that Singaporean conscript Dave Teo gained national headlines when he went AWOL with an SAR-21 assault rifle and was subsequently caught in an upscale shopping district twenty hours later?
- ...that Gladstone's Land (pictured) is a restored six-storey-high tenement building, built in 1550, and situated on Edinburgh's Royal Mile?
- ...that Julia Ward Howe, author of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" and champion of emancipation and women's suffrage, was also a founder of the Women's Rest Tour Association of Boston?
- ...that Michael Jordan's Restaurant in Chicago received as many as 7,000 telephone calls per day during its first few months of operation?
- ...that Hare Field was the first all-weather high school football field in Oregon?
- ...that founder Beulah Burke organized and was the first regional director of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated's Midwestern region?
- ...that Sardarji jokes are the most popular ethnic jokes in India?
- ...that John Fowler won the 1858 prize of the Royal Agricultural Society for mechanical cultivation using winches and a steam engine?
- ...that Sagittarius B2 is a giant molecular cloud near the Galactic Center where half of all known interstellar molecules were first discovered?
- ...that there are seven dialectal groups of the Polish language, each primarily associated with a certain geographical region?