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George Washington died in 1799. The first dinosaur fossil was discovered in 1824. George Washington never knew dinosaurs existed.

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12 of the 24 2017 NBA All-Stars are now on different teams.

 

An Amur Tiger can leap 25-feet and can easily jump over a 15-foot wall.

 

‘Tis true.*

*Karl Malone played there very briefly at the end of his career, but still.

Dogs can smell their owners from up to 11-miles away.

 

An adult gray whale in the summer eats approximately 2,400 pounds of food a day. It swallows at least 67-77 tons of food during a four to six month feast on the Arctic feeding grounds.

 

As if we needed more proof that our country is becoming dumber:

A recent study showed that 7% of American adults believe that chocolate milk comes from brown cows.

Military deaths in World War II.

 

While perusing the worldwide interweb late last night I stumbled across this little mind-blowing nugget. The pilot episode of a TV series called The Lone Gunmen, broadcast on March 4th, 2001, featured a plot to hijack a plane and fly it into the World Trade Center. That, my friends, is chilling. Watch and try not to feel all freaky and whatnot:

Aaaand, speaking of predictions . . .

Pistanthrophobia is the fear of trusting others due to bad experiences in the past and relationships gone wrong.

 

Although 1920’s Chicago has a reputation as being lawless (mainly because of Al Capone), that simply wasn’t the case. Here are the annual murder rates in American cities in 1927:
Memphis – 69.3
Charlotte – 55.5
Atlanta – 43.4
Miami – 40.0
Little Rock – 37.9
New Orleans – 25.9
Detroit – 16.8
Chicago – 13.3
New York – 6.1
Los Angeles – 4.7
Boston – 3.9

Fun Fact – The average in the United States today is 6.0.

New Hampshire coming in strong.

If “Finding Nemo” were scientifically accurate, Marlin would have switched sexes after Nemo’s mom died and mated with his son.

 

A Honey Badger in a South African Wildlife Center built towers out of rocks and sticks so he could climb over the wall and fight lions in the exhibit next to his.

 

Weird indeed. There are some good ones there.

Wow. You have to look real close to find Bangladesh.

Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.

 

Studies suggest that medical error is the third leading cause of death in the United States.

 

The actor Creed Bratton went by his actual name in the TV sitcom The Office, playing Creed Bratton. He was also a member of the band The Grass Roots.

 

Creed Bratton, far right.

 

 

The Beatles had a specific clause in their contract, even in 1964, that stipulated they would never play for a segregated audience.

 

In the United States, 3% of the population own 50% of the civilian guns.

Dogs develop “bite inhibition”, the ability to control the strength of  bite, as puppies after learning that too harsh of a bite will interrupt play.

What’s a greater health risk than obesity? Loneliness. Loneliness increases the risk of premature death by 50% while obesity increases the risk by only 30%.

 

On Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album, the music on most of the tracks was played by the band Toto.

Yeah, you read that right. Here’s the lowdown . . .

Many of you have heard of Adam Vinatieri, the great NFL kicker who won the Super Bowl for New England back in 2002. Vinatieri has gone on to a Hall of Fame career with not only New England but also the Indianapolis Colts. Anyway, were it not for a fateful decision by General George Custer, Adam would not only have missed making the NFL, he wouldn’t even exist.

You see, Felix Vinatieri was Adam’s great-great grandfather. He was a musician and composer and served as George Armstrong Custer’s bandmaster during the Civil War general’s Indian campaign. Custer loved music and he believed the band boosted his troops’ morale and that they were good entertainment on long trips.

In the spring of 1876, when Custer led the Seventh Cavalry out of Fort Abraham Lincoln into North Dakota and its eventual destruction at the hands of Crazy Horse and his Sioux warriors, Custer decided that his band would stay behind.

Nobody is sure why he made this decision, but one thing is certain – had Felix Vinatieri not remained at Fort Lincoln, there probably wouldn’t be any Vinatieris, no Adam, and perhaps no Patriots 2002 Super Bowl victory.

And that’s how General George Armstrong Custer helped the New England Patriots win a Super Bowl.