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Apr 16, 2013
 
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr.

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Apr 17, 2013
 
When Horace and Daeida Wilcox founded Hollywood in 1887, they hoped it would become a religious community. Prohibitionists, they banned liquor from the town and offered free land to anyone willing to build a church.

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Apr 17, 2013
 
Due to anti-German sentiment during WWI, an alternative name for a hamburger (which was derived from the Hamburg steak sandwiches eaten on immigrant ships between Hamburg, Germany, and America in the 1800s) was “salisbury steak.” It was named after Dr. Salisbury who prescribed ground beef for patients suffering from anemia, asthma, and other illnesses.

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Apr 18, 2013
 
Sugar and cocoa are often added to cigarettes, a fact many diabetic smokers are unaware of.

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Apr 18, 2013
 
The Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual foot race. It starts in Hopkinton, Massachusetts and goes eight cities and towns to the Back Bay section of Boston, a distance of 26 miles, 385 yards. It was first held in 1897 and is run on the third Monday in April - the date picked, basically, to honor the 1775 ride of Paul Revere. In 1972, it became the first marathon race to officially admit women runners.

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Apr 18, 2013
 
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I don't believe that is accurate. It was a rumor and SNOPES said it isn't true.
Upon research, it appears that although the fifth 'Leo' was accused, it didn't actually happen. Factropolis says it did; Snopes says 'no'.

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Apr 18, 2013
 
Long knitted undergarments known as “long johns” were originally worn by a bare-knuckled boxer named John L. Sullivan in the late 1800s. He wore long woolen drawers while boxing in cold weather.

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Apr 19, 2013
 
Bathing during the Black Plague was discouraged for two reasons. First, along with changing clothes, it was a sign of vanity, which invited the wrath of God and the punishment of sin. Second, bathing was believed to open the pores, making it easier for bad air to enter and exit the body, spreading disease. The latter belief was common throughout Europe well into the the nineteenth century.

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Apr 19, 2013
 
Called “re-entrants,” dolphins once lived on land and looked and behaved something like a small wolf but with five hoof-like toes on each foot instead claws. Some dolphins still have hair on their heads and the Amazon River dolphin has hair on its beak. Dolphins also have remnant finger bones in their flippers, a forearm, wrists, and a few remnant leg bones deep inside their bodies.

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Apr 22, 2013
 
An average water molecule will spend 9 days in the atmosphere, 2 weeks in a river, 10 years in a large lake, 3,000 to 5,000 years in an ocean, 10,000-100,000+ years underground, and 10,000 to 1,000,000+ years in an Antarctic ice cap.

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Apr 23, 2013
 
According to Hebrew legend, Noah prayed to God for help protecting all the food he stored on the ark from being eaten by rats. In reply, God made the lion sneeze, and out popped a cat.

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Apr 23, 2013
 
The word “influenza” comes from the Italian influentia because people used to believe that the influence of the planets, stars, and moon caused the flu—for only such universal influence could explain such sudden and widespread sickness.
The English adopted the word “influenza” in the mid-eighteenth century, while the French called it la grippe from gripper, meaning “to grasp or hook.” There is also a similar-sounding phrase in Arabic, anf-al-anza, which means “nose of the goat,” used because goats were thought to be carriers of the disease.

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Apr 23, 2013
 
One in five adults admitted to urinating in swimming pools. Red eyes associated with swimming are not caused by chlorine. They are caused by chloramine, a chemical that is created when urine combines with the chlorine already in the pool. In fact, the more strong smelling a pool is, the more contaminated it is.

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Apr 24, 2013
 
Jellyfish have lived in the waters of the world for more than 650 million years, long before the dinosaurs, making them the oldest multi-organ animal.

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#100
Apr 24, 2013
 
The “K” in Kmart stands for Kresge, as in the chain’s founder, Sebastian S. Kresge.

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Apr 24, 2013
 
tired of silly wrote:
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Off-topic.......I doubt you're old enough to remember, but pre-K-mart, there were Kresge's Five and Dime stores. I remember one in the downtown of my home town.
The name rang a bell, but I do not recall the five and dime stores.

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Apr 25, 2013
 
Charles R Darwin wrote:
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The name rang a bell, but I do not recall the five and dime stores.
My cousin and I used to go there when we were kids. They had a huge variety and an old fashioned soda counter.

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Apr 25, 2013
 
Two Guys Department Stores was founded in 1946 in Harrison, New Jersey by brothers Sidney Hubschman and Herbert Hubschman and was originally called 'Two Guys from Harrison'. The company originally sold major appliances.

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Apr 25, 2013
 
It is believed that Shakespeare was 46 around the time that the King James Version of the Bible was written. In Psalms 46, the 46th word from the first word is shake and the 46th word from the last word is spear.

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Apr 25, 2013
 
M&M’s were created by Forrest Mars (the son of the founder of Mars, Inc.) and his business partner, Bruce Murrie (the son of the president of the Hershey company). Because both their last names started with “M,” they called their new candy M&M’s. The original colors were red, yellow, green, orange, brown, and violet.

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