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#168 Jun 27, 2013
Greta Garbo was born Greta Lovisa Gustafsson

Judy Garland's birth name was Frances Gumm

Kiki Dee's real name is Paula Matthews

Whoopi Goldburg was born as Karen Johnson

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#169 Jun 28, 2013
Mildred J. Hill, a schoolteacher born in Louisville, Kentucky, composed the melody "Happy Birthday to You." Her younger sister, Patty Smith Hill, wrote the lyrics. The song was first published in 1893 as "Good Morning to All," a classroom greeting, in the book Song Stories for Sunday School. Mildred Hill died in 1916 without knowing that her melody would become the world's most popular song, but her sister Patty did not die until 1946. The lyrics were amended in 1924 to include a stanza beginning, "Happy Birthday to You." It is now sung somewhere in the world every minute of every day.

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#170 Jul 1, 2013
The first postage stamps were issued for sale by the United States Postal Service in 1847. The 5-cent stamp depicted Benjamin Franklin and the 10-cent stamp depicted George Washington. Prior to this date, stamps were issued by private postal services.

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#171 Jul 2, 2013
Romans were highly superstitious and feared anything to do with the left, which is why their words for “left” and “left-handed” were sinister and sinstra, giving us the modern meaning of “sinister.”

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#172 Jul 3, 2013
The sun contains 99.85% of the mass in the solar system.

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#173 Jul 5, 2013
One chocolate chip can give a person enough energy to walk 150 feet.

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#174 Jul 8, 2013
Bears can run up to 40 miles per hour, fast enough to catch a running horse. The fastest known human alive today is Usain Bolt, who can run 27mph.

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#175 Jul 9, 2013
Urine was used to make gunpowder during the Civil War. The southern army even put ads in the newspapers asking Southern ladies to save their urine and that wagons with barrels would be sent “around to gather up the lotion.”

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#176 Jul 10, 2013
In Mayan civilization, cacao beans were the currency, and counterfeiting cacao beans out of painted clay had become a thriving industry. Goods could be priced in units of cacao: a slave cost 100 beans, the services of a prostitute cost 10 beans, and a turkey cost 20 beans. While the Spanish conquistadors horded gold, the Mesoamericans horded cacao beans. In some parts of Latin America, the beans were used as a currency as late as the 19th century.

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#177 Jul 11, 2013
Before astronomers realized solar eclipses were caused by the moon, the Chinese thought an enormous dragon swallowed the sun, and they made as much noise as possible to scare the dragon away.

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#178 Jul 11, 2013
An October 1967 TV Guide ad by RCA cited Star Trek: The Original Series as the reason to buy a color TV.

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#179 Jul 12, 2013
According to tradition, an itchy left hand indicates you will lose money. An itchy right hand indicates you will receive money.

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#180 Jul 13, 2013
Skittles and jellybeans contain crushed insect cocoons wich are used to coat the candies and give them that special shine.

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#181 Jul 15, 2013
The famous “burning of Atlanta” scene in Gone with the Wind (1939) consisted of burning the old sets from King Kong (1933), The Last of the Mohicans (1936), and Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936).

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#182 Jul 16, 2013
The largest item found on any menu is roasted camel which is still served at some Bedouin weddings and was offered by royalty in Morocco several hundred years ago. The camel is cleaned and then stuffed with one whole lamb, 20 chickens, 60 eggs, and 110 gallons of water, among other ingredients.

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#183 Jul 16, 2013
The moon is 400 times smaller than the sun, but it is also 400 times closer to Earth—so from Earth, the moon and the sun look about the same size.

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#184 Jul 17, 2013
Because Venus rotates very slowly on its axis (taking 243 days to make a complete rotation), a day on Venus is longer than its year.

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#185 Jul 18, 2013
The most decorated American of WWI was Alvin Cullum York (1887-1964). York led an attack on a German gun nest, taking 32 machine guns, killing 28 German soldiers, and capturing 132 more. He returned home with a Medal of Honor, a promotion to Sergeant, the French Croix de Guerre, and a gift of 400 acres of good farmland.

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#186 Jul 22, 2013
The legend of the Pied Piper dates back to 1284. The German town of Hamelin had a rat problem and hired a rat-catcher to get rid of the rats. The rat-catcher used a pipe to lure the rats out of town with music, leading them into the Weser River where they drowned. The townspeople refused to pay the Pied Piper, so he came back into town several weeks later and lured the town's children away with music into a cave, never to be seen again. According to historians, the story probably got its roots when young men of Hamelin, Germany, left the city on colonizing adventures in Eastern Europe.

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#187 Jul 23, 2013
Traditionally the U.S. has followed the concept of hypodescent, or the rule that a child of a mixed race union is classified in the less privileged group.

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