Fact 743: Despite that many in the media claimed the Seattle Seahawks’ Super Bowl victory was the first major professional sporting championship won by a Seattle based professional team, this isn’t true at all. For starters, in 1917 the Seattle Metropolitans became the first American team to win the Stanley Cup. Further, the 1979 Seattle SuperSonics won the NBA championship.  In more recent memory, the Seattle Storm won the WNBA championship in 2004 and 2010 . Incidentally, the Seattle Metropolitans also played in the Stanley Cup finals in 1919. With the series tied 2-2-1, the finals were canceled due to the Spanish flu pandemic that killed about 3%-5% of the human population, as well as infecting about 30%.
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Fact 743: Despite that many in the media claimed the Seattle Seahawks’ Super Bowl victory was the first major professional sporting championship won by a Seattle based professional team, this isn’t true at all. For starters, in 1917 the Seattle Metropolitans became the first American team to win the Stanley Cup. Further, the 1979 Seattle SuperSonics won the NBA championship.  In more recent memory, the Seattle Storm won the WNBA championship in 2004 and 2010 . Incidentally, the Seattle Metropolitans also played in the Stanley Cup finals in 1919. With the series tied 2-2-1, the finals were canceled due to the Spanish flu pandemic that killed about 3%-5% of the human population, as well as infecting about 30%.

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794: Former Major League baseball player Benji Molina was one of the slowest base runners in baseball during his career.  So slow that he once hit a home run that he never scored on, with a pinch runner put in after Molina made it to first base…  What happened was Molina hit a home run that initially was ruled a single and a pinch runner, Emmanuel Burris, was put in.  However, manager Bruce Bochy challenged the call and it was ultimately ruled a home run, but because the pinch runner had already been put in, the umpires eventually ruled that Molina could not go back out to complete the home run trot. So Burris, not Molina, was given credit for scoring the run, while Molina was credited with hitting the home run.  This makes Benji Molina the only player in MLB history to hit a home run and not score on it.
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794: Former Major League baseball player Benji Molina was one of the slowest base runners in baseball during his career.  So slow that he once hit a home run that he never scored on, with a pinch runner put in after Molina made it to first base…  What happened was Molina hit a home run that initially was ruled a single and a pinch runner, Emmanuel Burris, was put in.  However, manager Bruce Bochy challenged the call and it was ultimately ruled a home run, but because the pinch runner had already been put in, the umpires eventually ruled that Molina could not go back out to complete the home run trot. So Burris, not Molina, was given credit for scoring the run, while Molina was credited with hitting the home run.  This makes Benji Molina the only player in MLB history to hit a home run and not score on it.

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Quick Fact 770: Only two World Cup finals have been decided on penalties and coincidentally Italy took part in both of them. In the World Cup of 1994, Brazil beat Italy in a dramatic penalty shoot-out, while 12 years later in the World Cup of 2006 Italy beat France. In the latter final, one of the greatest Footballers ever, Frenchman Zinedine Zidane, famously head butted Marco Materazzi in the chest, which led to a red card and the defeat of France.
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Quick Fact 770: Only two World Cup finals have been decided on penalties and coincidentally Italy took part in both of them. In the World Cup of 1994, Brazil beat Italy in a dramatic penalty shoot-out, while 12 years later in the World Cup of 2006 Italy beat France. In the latter final, one of the greatest Footballers ever, Frenchman Zinedine Zidane, famously head butted Marco Materazzi in the chest, which led to a red card and the defeat of France.

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Fact 729: Frito-Lay has a research team of about 500 scientists who fine-tune their snacks for “ultra-tastiness.” They even went so far as creating a $40,000 chewing-simulation device, so they could use it to achieve the perfect crunch level for their chips. We feel there should be an Ig Nobel Prize in there somewhere for this group.
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Fact 729: Frito-Lay has a research team of about 500 scientists who fine-tune their snacks for “ultra-tastiness.” They even went so far as creating a $40,000 chewing-simulation device, so they could use it to achieve the perfect crunch level for their chips. We feel there should be an Ig Nobel Prize in there somewhere for this group.

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Fact 779: While people often exaggerate tiny hailstones as “golf-ball size” when describing them to others, in June of 2003 Aurora, Nebraska experienced one hail of a hailstorm. The National Climate Extremes Committee documented the hail size that fell in that storm, with many being about the size of a soft ball. One particular hailstone found from that storm is the largest ever well documented, a full seven inches in diameter, or just a little smaller than a standard soccer ball.

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Fact 779: While people often exaggerate tiny hailstones as “golf-ball size” when describing them to others, in June of 2003 Aurora, Nebraska experienced one hail of a hailstorm. The National Climate Extremes Committee documented the hail size that fell in that storm, with many being about the size of a soft ball. One particular hailstone found from that storm is the largest ever well documented, a full seven inches in diameter, or just a little smaller than a standard soccer ball.

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Fact 449: While often used as the poster woman for “how things were different back in the day” with models and actresses, Marilyn Monroe’s body dimensions according to her tailor were 35 inch bust, 22 inch waist, and 25 inch hips and 5 ft. 5.5 in. tall.  According to BluFire Model Registry, the average model today is 34/24/34 and 5 ft. 8 in. tall.

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Fact 449: While often used as the poster woman for “how things were different back in the day” with models and actresses, Marilyn Monroe’s body dimensions according to her tailor were 35 inch bust, 22 inch waist, and 25 inch hips and 5 ft. 5.5 in. tall.  According to BluFire Model Registry, the average model today is 34/24/34 and 5 ft. 8 in. tall.

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Fact 699: The word barbarian is used today (literally or metaphorically) to describe a person that is lacking refinement and thus is considered to be uncivilized. The word, however, comes from the Greek word “barbaroi,” which in antiquity described the people who couldn’t speak Greek and thus they were sounding (to the Greeks) like they were saying bar-bar-bar. This is the reason why the Ancient Greeks referred to everyone who wasn’t Greek as a “barbarian.”
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Fact 699: The word barbarian is used today (literally or metaphorically) to describe a person that is lacking refinement and thus is considered to be uncivilized. The word, however, comes from the Greek word “barbaroi,” which in antiquity described the people who couldn’t speak Greek and thus they were sounding (to the Greeks) like they were saying bar-bar-bar. This is the reason why the Ancient Greeks referred to everyone who wasn’t Greek as a “barbarian.”

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Fact 710: The first significant Western philosopher is generally considered to be Thales of Miletus (624-546 BC). According to the likes of Aristotle, and later the great Bertrand Russell, Thales was the first man who attempted to give a logical explanation to the origin of the world, instead of a mythological one. He was also one of the Seven Sages of Greece and sometimes called “the first Greek mathematician.”
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Fact 710: The first significant Western philosopher is generally considered to be Thales of Miletus (624-546 BC). According to the likes of Aristotle, and later the great Bertrand Russell, Thales was the first man who attempted to give a logical explanation to the origin of the world, instead of a mythological one. He was also one of the Seven Sages of Greece and sometimes called “the first Greek mathematician.”

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Fact 796: At 12 years old, Simon Cowell hijacked a bus. He stated about the specific event, “We had these pea guns, and I was living in England in a place called Radlett and I wanted to go to Watford, which was ten miles away. So I got on this bus – and as a joke- it was a joke- I put the gun to the driver’s head and I said ‘take me to Watford.’ And I remember thinking ‘God, he’s really playing the part here because we’re not stopping.” Of course, the police were waiting for him at his destination. Little came of it after the police realized they were dealing with kids with toy guns.  However, Cowell said, “My mum and dad came in and my mum was actually worse than the police…she was furious with me.”
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Fact 796: At 12 years old, Simon Cowell hijacked a bus. He stated about the specific event, “We had these pea guns, and I was living in England in a place called Radlett and I wanted to go to Watford, which was ten miles away. So I got on this bus – and as a joke- it was a joke- I put the gun to the driver’s head and I said ‘take me to Watford.’ And I remember thinking ‘God, he’s really playing the part here because we’re not stopping.” Of course, the police were waiting for him at his destination. Little came of it after the police realized they were dealing with kids with toy guns.  However, Cowell said, “My mum and dad came in and my mum was actually worse than the police…she was furious with me.”

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Fact 795: According to several news sources from the 1930s, a Hungarian soldier named Paul Kern was shot in the head during World War I and lost part of his frontal lobe. After waking up at Lemberg #hospital, he (supposedly) never slept again, dying in 1955. Kern eventually returned to Hungary as a war hero and many scientists, especially Ernst Frey, professor of mental and nervous diseases at the Eötvös Loránd University, studied Kern. However, no one was able to determine why he couldn’t sleep nor how his brain and body were able to continue functioning more or less normally, despite never achieving what we’d think of as sleep. That said, there is some thought that his brain was probably going into a sleep-like state during doctor ordered resting periods of 1-2 hours per night, even though he’d remain responsive and apparently conscious during these periods.
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Fact 795: According to several news sources from the 1930s, a Hungarian soldier named Paul Kern was shot in the head during World War I and lost part of his frontal lobe. After waking up at Lemberg #hospital, he (supposedly) never slept again, dying in 1955. Kern eventually returned to Hungary as a war hero and many scientists, especially Ernst Frey, professor of mental and nervous diseases at the Eötvös Loránd University, studied Kern. However, no one was able to determine why he couldn’t sleep nor how his brain and body were able to continue functioning more or less normally, despite never achieving what we’d think of as sleep. That said, there is some thought that his brain was probably going into a sleep-like state during doctor ordered resting periods of 1-2 hours per night, even though he’d remain responsive and apparently conscious during these periods.

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