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The word magazine also means "storehouse," and all magazines are collections of articles (and advertisements) published at regular intervals. The first magazine published in America was "The American Magazine, or a Monthly View of the Political State of the British Colonies," edited by John Webbe and published in Philadelphia in 1741. It appeared just three days before Benjamin Franklin's "General Magazine and Historical Chronicle for All the British Plantations in America."
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Aug 19, 2013
 
Charles R Darwin wrote:
The word magazine also means "storehouse," and all magazines are collections of articles (and advertisements) published at regular intervals. The first magazine published in America was "The American Magazine, or a Monthly View of the Political State of the British Colonies," edited by John Webbe and published in Philadelphia in 1741. It appeared just three days before Benjamin Franklin's "General Magazine and Historical Chronicle for All the British Plantations in America."
You can still find both in the waiting room of some dentists.

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Aug 20, 2013
 
Thomas Edison experimented with more than 100 varieties of bamboo when trying to come up with a filament for the first electric light bulb.

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Aug 22, 2013
 
Initially, NBC asked Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry to get rid of the “guy with the pointy ears” partly because they were worried about his “satanic” appearance. Luckily, Roddenberry refused to cut Spock.

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Aug 23, 2013
 
For the ancient Egyptians, the world began when Atum-Ra (the sun god)—who personifies life, goodness, light, and energy—created the Earth (Geb) and the Sky (Nut) and the rest of the world. For the Egyptians, creation was a daily occurrence, repeated with every rising and setting of the sun.

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Aug 23, 2013
 
heres a fact of the day for u

darwin n spooky n pete secretly talk shit on silly n cant stand her shitty piss-poor attitude but they are two faced n wont tell her the truth

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#214
Aug 26, 2013
 
In Greek and Roman mythology, the muses were a group of sister goddesses whose cult was based on Mount Helicon in Greece. They were probably originally the patron goddesses of poets, who in ancient times were also musicians. However, they later influenced all liberal arts and sciences, hence their connection with such institutions as the "museum."

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Aug 27, 2013
 
During the Depression, distressed farms were sometimes sold at “Penny Auction” (forced auctions) in which farmers would assure that a distressed neighbor would be able to buy back his own farm by holding bids down to pennies, nickels, and quarters. They would dissuade those who wanted to make higher bids, sometimes symbolically with dangling nooses at the auction scene.

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#216
Aug 28, 2013
 
Gold is so pliable that it can be made into sewing thread. An ounce of gold can be stretched over 50 miles.

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Aug 29, 2013
 
The highest mountain in the world (29,028 feet) is named in honor of the Englishman Sir George Everest who was the first surveyor of India. The Chinese call Mount Everest Qomolangma, which means “Mother Goddess of the Earth.”

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#218
Aug 30, 2013
 
Since wine tasting is essentially wine smelling, women tend to be better wine testers because women, particularly of reproductive ages, have a better sense of smell than men.

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Sep 3, 2013
 
Though weighing only 11 ounces on average, a healthy heart pumps 2,000 gallons of blood through 60,000 miles of blood vessels each day.

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Sep 13, 2013
 
At full and new moon, the moon and sun line up with Earth. The extra pull of gravity makes higher tides, called “spring tides” (which has nothing to do with the season). At the moon’s first and third quarters, when the sun and moon form a right angle with Earth, the tides are weaker and are called “neap tides.”

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Sep 16, 2013
 
In 600 B.C., the Greek Aesop told a fable about a bat that borrowed money to start a business. The business failed and the bat had to hide during the day to avoid the people it owed money to. According to Aesop, that is why bats come out only at night.

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Sep 17, 2013
 
Pregnant women usually experience a heightened sense of smell beginning late in the first trimester. Some experts call this the body’s way of protecting a pregnant women from foods that are unsafe for the fetus.

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Sep 17, 2013
 
In Tunisia, images of fish are often used to protect against evil. New buildings often have fish bones or tails embedded in them as they are built, and cars have brightly colored plastic or cloth fish attached to them to provide protection to the people inside.

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Sep 17, 2013
 
Charles R Darwin wrote:
In Tunisia, images of fish are often used to protect against evil. New buildings often have fish bones or tails embedded in them as they are built, and cars have brightly colored plastic or cloth fish attached to them to provide protection to the people inside.
All fish bones ever did was cause my Uncle Matt to nearly choke to death. Some protection! The entire family has an aversion to fish with the bones still attached.

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Sep 18, 2013
 
The word “moon” comes from the Latin word luna, which means “glowing” or “bright.” The words “month” and “menstruation” are related to the word “moon.”

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Sep 19, 2013
 
Whales, including dolphins and porpoises, make up the order Cetacea - and most probably evolved from four-legged mammals. Of all marine mammals, the best adapted to life in the sea are whales. Cetaceans are divided into two groups - the toothed whales, of which there are about 80 species, and the baleen or whalebone whales, of which there are about 12 species. Both dolphins and porpoises are toothed whales. In the course of evolution, the nostrils of almost all cetaceans have moved to the top of the head, making it possible for them to breathe without having to expose their bodies above the water's surface. The only other entirely aquatic mammals are the Sirenians, including the dugong and manatee.

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Sep 20, 2013
 
About 350 million years ago, huge trees grew in the warm, humid swamps that covered vast regions of the world. The trees soaked up the sun's energy to grow. When the trees died, their trunks were buried under layers of mud. As heat and pressure increased, these plant remains gradually converted into coal. When we burn coal today, the energy that the trees captured from the sun is released. Coal was the first fossil fuel (so called because of its origin) used by people.

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