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Did you know...[edit]

Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar

...that a Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar was used in the 2004 film Flight of the Phoenix?
...that with his roles in Malcolm in the Middle and Unhappily Ever After, Justin Berfield is the youngest person to appear in over 100 episodes of two different television shows?
...that the Comal River is the shortest river in the U.S. state of Texas, running entirely within the city limits of New Braunfels?

East and West Memorial Buildings

...that the East and West Memorial Buildings in Ottawa, Canada were originally built in 1949 to house the rapidly growing Department of Veterans Affairs?
...that the Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad's plan to expand into Wyoming's Powder River Basin would be the largest new railroad construction in the United States since the American Civil War?
...that the Great Black Hawk is a bird of prey in the family Accipitridae, which also includes eagles, hawks and Old World vultures?
...that Telford Taylor, the U.S. Chief Prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials, was also an opponent of McCarthyism and an outspoken critic of the U.S. conduct in the Vietnam War?
...that businessman John King was Chairman of British Airways from 1981 and was successfully sued by Richard Branson for libel as a result of BA's dirty tricks against Virgin Atlantic?
...that Wai-Wai is a popular noodle-like snack eaten in Nepal, Sikkim and in northern parts of West Bengal?

The USS Wabash.

...that the first Wabash was a steam screw frigate in the U.S. Navy during the American Civil War?
...that The Vampyre was a short novel first published on April 1, 1819 in parts in the New Monthly Magazine with the false attribution "A Tale by Lord Byron"?
...that in October 1950, the U.S. National Guard bombed the small town of Jayuya, Puerto Rico, where Blanca Canales led a revolt?

Mistley towers

...that the neoclassical Mistley towers were part of the now-demolished church of St. Mary the Virgin at Mistley in Essex, England?
...that Semmering is a mountain pass in the Northern Limestone Alps connecting Lower Austria and Styria?
...that the Zippe-type centrifuge, named after Gernot Zippe, is a device designed to collect uranium-235?

Anne Bracegirdle

...that 18th century actress Anne Bracegirdle most frequently played vivacious, breeches-wearing, guardian-tricking young women of great initiative?
...that a major milestone in the decline of Buddhism in India came in 1193 when the great university at Nalanda was destroyed by Turkish Muslim raiders?
...that Kordylewski clouds are large concentrations of dust that orbit Earth at the distance of the Moon?
...that Warton in Lancashire is an historic village famous for its contribution to the UK aerospace industry?
...that Foreigner vocalist Lou Gramm survived a brain tumor in 1997 and completed a tour with his new band in 2004?
...that the Fuke school of Zen Buddhism was famous for developing the shakuhachi flute as a means of meditation?

...that the actress Viviane Romance rejected the offer of a Hollywood contract in the 1930s, preferring to work in French cinema?
...that dew ponds are man-made ponds placed on the top of hills, built for watering livestock?
...that crème fraîche is made by inoculating pasteurized light cream with lactobacillus cultures?
...that the 2001 UBK protest campaign in Kiev's Independence Square foreshadowed the Orange Revolution in the Ukraine three years later?

...that Je Tsongkhapa founded the Gelugpa order of Tibetan Buddhism, emphasizing monastic discipline and scholarly pursuits?
...that Albert Calmette developed "Calmette's Serum", the first antivenom developed against snake venom?
...that the book Hollywood Babylon was condemned for including photographs of the dead bodies of actresses Carole Landis and Thelma Todd?
...that the charity Heifer International allows you to give a family a gift of livestock in the spirit of sustainability?


...that Agathokleia was an Indo-Greek queen who ruled parts of Northern India from 135 to 125 BCE?
...that Bridgett Riley lost her contact lenses in the fifth round of a boxing match against Theresa Arnold on September 19, 1996, leading to her first ever defeat?
...that a statue of Joan of Arc in Meridian Hill Park is the only female equestrian statue in Washington, D.C.?

House mouse

...that there are so many species of Murinae (Old World rats and mice) that it is said they are in the process of taking over the world, and humans just came along in the middle of it?
...that Rumaisa Rahman, born prematurely in Chicago on September 19, 2004, was eight inches (20 cm) long and weighed 8.5 ounces (244 g) at birth?
...that Les Horribles Cernettes, a humorous rock band based in the CERN, supplied the first image on the web, posted in 1992 by Silvano de Gennaro and Tim Berners-Lee?

Pu'u 'O'o volcanic cone

...that the eruption of Pu'u 'O'o added 544 acres (2.2 km²) of land to the island of Hawaii?
...that the Humboldt Museum in Berlin is home to the largest mounted dinosaur in the world, a Brachiosaurus; and the most exquisitely preserved specimen of the earliest known bird, the Archaeopteryx?
...that J002E3 was at first thought to be a new moon of Earth when discovered in 2002 but was later found to be the third stage of the Apollo 12 Saturn V?
...that Lieutenant Colonel Karen Kwiatkowski was a policy analyst at the Pentagon for four and a half years before retiring and becoming a vocal critic of the Bush administration's policy in Iraq?

Lesya Ukrainka

...that Ukrainian writer Lesya Ukrainka learned to read at the age of four and was able to read nine languages in addition to her native Ukrainian?
...that Bill Boaks, a retired Royal Navy Lieutenant Commander, won only 5 votes (a record low in a British Parliamentary election) in a 1982 by-election?
...that Mildred Dunnock played the role of Linda Loman in Death of a Salesman in three mediums — on Broadway, and for both film and television?
...that Major Mykola Mel'nychenko, who started the Cassette Scandal by accusing Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma of ordering a journalist's assassination, continues to release disputed audio excerpts from his political exile in the United States?

...that Julius Schreck ended his Schutzstaffel career as Adolf Hitler's chauffeur, and that Hitler read the eulogy at his state funeral in 1936?
...that actor Leslie Banks used facial injuries he received in World War I to good effect during his acting career when playing villains?
...that Cold Sunday was a specific meteorological event which took place on January 17, 1982, when unprecedentedly cold air swept down from Canada, sending temperatures in the United States far below existing all-time record lows?
...that Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand is known colloquially as "The Cake-tin"?

Caganer

...that in the Catalan region of Spain, a Caganer is often tucked away in some corner of a Christmas Nativity scene where he is not easily noticed, because he is defecating?
...that in gold mining, cyanide may be used to extract gold in areas where ore-bearing rocks are found at the surface?
... that the Kri-kri is a type of Wild Goat once common around the Mediterranean but now restricted to a few parts of the island of Crete in Greece?
...that television presenter Lynda Lopez is a sister of Jennifer Lopez?