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Feb 4, 2013
 
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I don't believe that is accurate. It was a rumor and SNOPES said it isn't true.
The lion used in the original MGM movie logo killed its trainer and two assistants the day after the logo was filmed....Leo the Lion is the mascot for the legendary Hollywood film studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Since 1924 (when the studio was formed), there has been around five different lions used for the iconic MGM production logo, which was also first used in 1924. Tanner was the third MGM lion, used on all Technicolor films and MGM cartoons. This was the second longest serving lion, having being used for 18 years. The current lion, which does not have a large mane, has been in use since 1957; when the MGM animation department closed in 1958, it re-opened with new Tom and Jerry shorts in 1963 that did not use the current lion for the opening sequence, but Tanner. The 1927 recording of the roar of Leo the Lion, which would become the trademark of all Metro Goldwyn Meyer movies. Hollywood's premier animal trainer Volney Phifer never thought that he would become inseparable with the cub he found in Port Sudan, Africa. Leo, the MGM lion, that led an amazing life was the straggliest lion Phifer had ever laid eyes on. Leo never let me down, said Phifer. While touring the globe for MGM sstudios, Leo earned a reputation of being a cat with nine lives: he survived two train wrecks, a flood in Mississippi, an earthquake in California, a fire and a plane crash. Samuel Goldwyn selected Leo to represent Goldwyn Company as its trademark when he saw the cub developed into a handsome animal. It was then when Leo retired from his acting career. Leo died at the age of twenty-three, an old age for a lion, leaving many descendants. His body rests on Phifer's farm in Gillette, New Jersey...Remember when this played on when you were watching Tom and Jerry when you were a little kid. Who could forget? Here is an interesting fact. The lion used in the original MGM movie logo killed its trainer and two assistants the day after the logo was filmed. The lion was named Slats. It growls rather than roar in the film shooting. Slats was used on all black and white films from 1924 to 1928. For years, the lion would tour with MGM promoters to signify the studio’s launch. During this time, he survived 2 train wrecks, a flood in Mississippi, an earthquake in California, a fire, and a plane crash. Slats died in 1936 at age 23 and was buried on Phifer’s farm in New Jersey. Now the lion and trainer can die in peace. Share this to honor the lion as well as the trainer now....

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Feb 4, 2013
 
The first peach and pear trees were brought to America by Walloon settlers from Belgium in the early 17th century. They were first cultivated in what is now New Jersey and New York. Pear trees are relatively long-lived (50 to 75 years) and may reach considerable size unless carefully trained and pruned; the pear is commercially the second most important of the world's deciduous fruit trees, exceeded only by the apple. Peach trees are relatively short-lived as compared with some other fruit trees. The peach is about 87 percent water and has fewer calories than either apples or pears.

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Feb 5, 2013
 
The first Super Bowl football game was played on January 15, 1967, at Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California, in front of 63,036 spectators. The Green Bay Packers (NFL) defeated the Kansas City Chiefs (AFL) 35-10. The winning Packers players received $15,000 each and the Chiefs, $7,500 each. Nowadays (according to 2005 statistics), players on teams that make the wild-card round as division winners get $18,000, while strictly wild-card teams get $15,000. Making the divisional playoff round earns players another $18,000. Getting to a conference championship game is worth $36,500 to every player on all four teams. That's the same amount of money players on the losing team in the Super Bowl make, while the winners get $68,000 each.

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Feb 5, 2013
 
To see whether large numbers are multiples of 11, add up every other digit, and then add up the remaining digits. If those sums are the same, or the difference between them is a multiple of 11, the the large number is a multiple of 11.
For example, 586021491
5+6+2+4+1=18
8+0+1+9=18
So 586021491 is evenly divisible by 11.

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Feb 6, 2013
 
If a person spent $1 every second, that would equal to $1 million dollars in 12 days. At this rate, it would take 32 years to spend $1 billion dollars. It would take 31,000 years to spend $1 trillion dollars

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Feb 6, 2013
 
Wednesday is winding down,...

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#29
Feb 7, 2013
 
The Aryan Brotherhood makes up less than 1% of the US prison population in the US but is responsible for 21% of the murders in the prison system.

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#30
Feb 8, 2013
 
The human brain consists of approximately 100 billion neurons (which is as many cells as there are stars in the Milky Way). Each neuron has somewhere between 1,000 and 10,000 synapses, equaling about 1 quadrillion synapses. If all the neurons in the human brain were lined up, they would stretch 600 miles. As a comparison, an octopus has 300,000 neurons, a honeybee has 950,000, and a jellyfish has no brain at all.

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Feb 11, 2013
 
Without the atmosphere to create a greenhouse-type effect, the average temperature on Earth would be just 5 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Feb 12, 2013
 
Charles Darwin is best remembered for his books On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, of the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life and The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex. Darwin at first shocked religious Victorian society by suggesting that animals and humans shared a common ancestry. However, his nonreligious biology appealed to professional scientists and by the time of his death, his evolutionary ideas were acceptable. Darwin himself was an agnostic. His good friend Aldous Huxley (who coined the word "agnostic") convinced the canon of Westminster Abbey to bury his friend there.

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Feb 13, 2013
 

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A cat can't climb head first down a tree because every claw on a cat's paw points the same way. To get down from a tree, a cat must back down.

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Feb 14, 2013
 
The word 'dad' entered the English language in the sixteenth century and is believed to have originated from the Welsh word tad, meaning father. The word 'father' comes from the Old English term faeder and was first used in the 1500s.

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Feb 15, 2013
 
The shortfin mako is the fastest shark, capable of attaining speeds of up to 32 km/h (20 mph).

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Feb 19, 2013
 
The following fact also appears in my 'On This Day in History' thread:

Who knew this one?

William Kellogg established the Battle Creek Toasted Cornflake Company, selling breakfast cereals, which were originally developed as a health food for psychiatric patients.

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#37
Feb 20, 2013
 
John F. Kennedy most likely had the most active extramarital sex life of any president. He allegedly slept with Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, Audrey Hepburn, Angie Dickinson, stripper Blaze Starr, Marlene Dietrich, and many other women including White House staffers, secretaries, stewardess, campaign workers, strippers, and acquaintances of trusted male friends. The FBI taped sounds of him and Inga Arvad making love.

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Feb 21, 2013
 
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) is the only U.S. president who was also a licensed bartender. He was co-owner of Berry and Lincoln, a saloon in Springfield, Illinois.

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Feb 21, 2013
 
Doberman dogs get their name from a German tax collector. Aware of the unpopularity of his job, Ludwig Dobermann, of Apolda in Thuringia, developed in the 1880s an especially fierce breed to help him on his rounds. Today, Dobermans are widely used as guard dogs.

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Feb 22, 2013
 
The highest point in Florida is Britton Hill with an elevation of 345 feet.

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Feb 25, 2013
 
The motto of the Earl Of Sandwich restaurants is:

Post Tot Naufragia Portum (A haven after so many shipwrecks)

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Feb 26, 2013
 
A human brain comprises only 2% of the body, yet it uses 20% of the oxygen and blood. The heaviest human brain ever recorded weighed 5 lb. 1.1 oz

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