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FACT-OF-THE-DAY ARCHIVE
"Our life is what our thoughts make it."
- Marcus Aurelius

JAN 2021


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1/2/21      The smallest monkey in the world is the pygmy marmoset, with a body as little as 5 inches (12 cm) and a tail length of about 7 inches (17 cm). As a comparison, they are about the size of a hamster, can fit in the palm of a human hand, and they weigh the same as a pack of cards. Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/3/21      CTE causes the brain to shrivel and degenerate. It manifests in a variety of progressively more serious symptoms, from confusion and memory loss to aggressive behavior, suicidal tendencies, and dementia. Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/4/21      In 2019, a South Korean man was arrested for operating a fake lottery site. He and a group of 14 others had stolen over $41 million from over 340 individuals who had visited the site. Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/5/21      Eating foods high in monounsaturated fats (such as avocados and nuts) is linked to higher general intelligence and better brain connectivity. Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/6/21      Bed bugs can live in carpet fibers and wooden floorboards. For their size, they are extremely fast and can crawl more than 100 feet to obtain a blood meal, usually at night from people who are sleeping. Engorgement takes about three to 10 minutes yet people rarely realize they are being bitten. Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/7/21      The Islamic year is 11 days shorter than the year used in the Western world. This is because the Western year is based on the orbit of the Earth around the Sun instead of on the phases of the moon. Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/8/21      A grasshopper's ears are found not on its head, but rather, on its belly. Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/9/21      While Scotland has the highest proportion (13%) of redheads (followed by Ireland with 10%), the United States has the largest population of redheads in the world, with between 6-18 million redheads, or 2-6% of the population. Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/10/21      Oxford Dictionary voted the “face with tears of joy” emoji their 2015 "Word" of the Year. Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/11/21      If people who normally had low fiber suddenly doubled their intake, they could lower their risk of colon cancer by 40%. Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/12/21      Researchers speculate that humans laughed before they could speak. Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/13/21      Finland consumes more caffeine than any other country, with the average adult consuming 400 mg each day. Following Finland are Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and France. Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/14/21      Octopuses have the largest brain of any other invertebrate. Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/15/21      A bristlecone pine tree nicknamed Methuselah is believed to be the oldest tree in the world. Its exact location is kept a secret to protect it from vandals and tourists. Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/16/21      While the Santa Maria was the official flagship, Columbus frequently complained about its clumsiness and slowness. His favorite ship was the Nina, which was swifter and smaller. Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/17/21      Lacanophobia is the fear of vegetables. Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/18/21      When allergic dermatitis caused by reaction to metals is severe enough, handling coins or touching a doorknob can be enough to cause blistering or scaling of the skin. Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/19/21      The Danes have a term Janteloven (The Law of Jante), created in 1933 by a Danish/Norwegian writer. It is often quoted in public debate in Denmark and consists of “Ten Commandments,” all boiling down to “You are no better than I am.” Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/20/21      Robots are able to manipulate human emotions. In one experiment, when a robot begged participants not to turn it off, about 30% obeyed the robot rather than the researcher. Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/21/21      In 1952, Queen Elizabeth commissioned her own brand of lipstick to match her coronation robes. The hue was called “The Balmoral Lipstick,” after her Scottish country home. Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/22/21      One in three gamers has experienced fraud while paying online games. Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/23/21      An illegal firework that was designed to simulate the sound of gunfire is called the M-80, or the “military rifle fire simulator.” Also sometimes called “salutes,” M-80s have caused people to lose fingers and even hands. Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/24/21      The current flag of Taiwan was adopted on December 17, 1928, after the unification of China. Its colors—blue, white, and red—represent the Three Principals of the People of Taiwan: nationalism, democracy, and social well-being. Provided by FactRetriever.com
1/25/21      Peanut butter can help maintain a healthy blood sugar level since it is low in carbohydrates and can be made without added sugar. Provided by FactRetriever.com


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