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Learning New Things Every Day, March 2017.

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Here we are again at the end of a month, and here is a list of new things that I have learned in March 2017.

 

I have to admit the hard part was not learning a new thing each day it was remembering to write it down so I am not trying to figure out what I learned on what day, weeks later and trying to write then all down. Well hope you enjoy. Hope these hold you over until next month.

 

Here we are again at the end of a month, and here is a list of new things that I have learned in March 2017.

 

I have to admit the hard part was not learning a new thing each day it was remembering to write it down so I am not trying to figure out what I learned on what day, weeks later and trying to write then all down. Well hope you enjoy. Hope these hold you over until next month.

 

1st- In 1951, cancer cells removed from Henrietta Lacks, were found to not die as a colony, since then they have been used in over 65,000 scientific experiments on such diseases as cancer, HIV,   and Jonas Soaks polio vaccine.

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The imortal Henrietta Lack

2nd- The Madagascan Dwarf Lemur hibernation

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Aren’t they cute when they sleep

3rd In France Pepe le Pew has an Italian accent.

 

4th  Albert Ghiorso  of California help discover and helped named 12 elements more than anyone else.

 

5th Rudolph Diesel the inventor of the Diesel engine vanished when traveling to England on a steamer.

 

6th On Good Friday in 1930, the BBC reported, “There is no news.” Instead, they played piano music.

 

7th When the computer mouse was invented, it was called the “X-Y Position Indicator for a Display System.”

 

8th Mya Rudolf of SNL fame fronts a Price cover band called Princess.

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That’s what its like when doves cry.

9th During WWI half pilot fatalities were because of crash caused by pilot error or aircraft failure, not combat with the enemy.

 

10th Due to the time it takes to get information from our senses, we do not experience life in real time, there is a 1/5 of a second lag time.

 

11th  Donald Glover who will be playing Lando Calrissian in the Han Solo movie, musical persona Childish Gambino’s name come from the WU Tang Clans name generator.

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the new face of cool for Star Wars

12th The record for the most digits of pi memorized belongs to Rajveer Meena of Vellore, India, who recited 70,000 decimal places of pi on March 21, 2015.

 

13th It would have taken 2.5 million seagulls to lift James’s giant peach into the air, not the 501 that Roald Dahl used in his book.

 

14th The first wiki website was created in Portland in 1994.

 

15th Attack of the Show new reader, Playmate of the year, all around geek, and DCotU fav Sarah Jean Underwood went to Scappoos High, in Scappoos Oregon.

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Possibly the only reason to go to Scappoos

16th One of the Hulks lesser known powers is to see ghosts.

 

17th In Charleston South Carolina, bomb squad are still regularly called out to detonate cannonballs let over from both the civil war and the Revolutionary War.

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18th In English Jedi is both singular and plural. In language where it is separate words, the title of the forthcoming The Last Jedi such as Spanish, the promotional material has it as plural.

 

19th The Marvel Black Widow comic arc The Itsy-B itsy spider was co-written by Greg Rucka, who wrote the espionage comic book classic Queen and Country.

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20th Writer William Burroughs, when a student in Mexico shot and killed his common law wife, when he drunkenly tried to shot a shot glass off her head William Tell style.  After he paid bail, he escaped to America where he wouldn’t be expedited back to Mexico.

william buroughs

21st A quarter of all Llamas in America are in Oregon.

 

22nd Whorehouse Meadows in Harney County Oregon was given that name for good reason. It was actually used to get ladies of the night together with sheep and cattle herders under a canvas tent. The name was eventually changed to “Naughty Girl Meadows” in the ’60s, but by 1971, the name was changed back. The Basque shepherds would carve what they wanted form a girl on the tree and some of these carvings still remain.

 

23rd If you combine the total profit of all Allan Tudyk movies, the total is higher than the profits of all Arnold Schwarenegger movies combined together.

 

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Well Rouge One did make a billion dollars so that’s got to help.

24th When the only Bank in Bend Oregon ran out of money they issued their own, including wooden nickels of the famed ‘Don’t take any wooden nickels.” Despite the adage they were considered legal currency.

 

25th Michael Jackson wanted to play Spider-Man in a movie so badly, he tried to buy Marvel comics in the 1990’s.

 

26th The small town depicted in Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night is Saint-Rémy-de-Provence in the south of France

27th Johnny Cash’s estate was approached by an advertising company asking for permission to use Ring of Fire on an ad for hemorrhoid cream. The request was refused.

28th Abraham Lincoln didn’t have a middle name.

29th The B-17 bomber cost $200,000.00 a piece to make. That would be over three million dollars today with inflation.

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Teh Queen of the Skies

30th The voice of the robot Twiki in the Buck Rodgers TV series was performed by Mel Blanc.

buck

Bidi-Bidi-Bidi That’s all folks.

31st The first commercially sold GMO was a tomato called the Flavr Savr also known as CGN-89564-2, which was designed to stay ripe linger.

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4 comments on “Learning New Things Every Day, March 2017.

  1. Christy B
    April 8, 2017

    I am glad the name now is simply computer “mouse” 😉

  2. Sunil Mali
    September 21, 2017

    very well described post

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