Category Archives: Quick Facts

“General” Custer Wasn’t Actually a General During His “Last Stand”

Text Version: We all know George Armstrong Custer as “General Custer”. However, he was only a General for a brief period after being given a field promotion at the age of 23 to “Brigadier General” from “Captain”, shortly before the battle of Gettysburg. Needless to say from the timing of the promotion, he didn’t keep this rank long; after the […]

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President Thomas Jefferson Once Wore Pajamas When Meeting With A British Minister

Text Version: President Thomas Jefferson was never a fan of formal affairs, and was often reported to have worn his pajamas while meeting with Foreign dignitaries. On one such occasion, when meeting with British Minister to the U.S., Andrew Merry, he wore his PJ’s. Needless to say, Andrew Merry was not amused and he was later quoted as saying, “I, […]

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Where The Word Vodka Came From

Text Version: Vodka comes from the Russian word for “water,” which is “Voda.” Poland likes to brag about how their Vodka is older than Russia’s Vodka, dating it back to the 8th century, where it went by different names such as “burnt wine” and “gorzalka.” Like most distilled liquors back then, Vodka was mainly used as a medicine. Vodka was […]

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Cats Can’t Taste Sweets

Text Version: Humans enjoy five or more different tastes namely:  sour, bitter, salty, umami (associated with meat), and sweet. We can taste sweet things thanks to two proteins generated by two separate genes.  Cats, on the other hand, have a mutant chemoreceptor in their taste buds that prevents them from tasting sweet things, which is actually a trait shared by […]

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3 Interesting Nobel Prize Facts

Text Version: – The average age of a Nobel Peace prize recipient is 62 years old. The oldest recipient was Joseph Rotblat, he was 87 years old when he received his Nobel Peace prize for his worldwide campaign to eliminate nuclear weapons. – Mahatma Gandhi surprisingly never won a Nobel Peace prize, despite being nominated in 1937, 1938, 1939, 1947, […]

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How The Sport Of Basketball Got Started

Text Version: A Canadian by the name of Dr. James Naismith invented the sport of Basketball. Born on November 6, 1861, Naismith studied physical education in Montreal before moving to Springfield, Massachusetts in the United States. While teaching at the Springfield YMCA in 1891, Naismith was given 14 days to come up with an indoor game to “athletically distract” a […]

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Donald Duck’s Middle Name

Text Version: Donald Duck’s middle name is Fauntleroy. Donald Fauntleroy Duck first appeared in “The Wise Little Hem” in 1934. Over the next 20 years, Donald Duck appeared in over 150 films. Along with films, comic books and T.V. shows, Donald Fauntleroy Duck has played a major role in the Disney Theme parks and is in more Disney Land attractions […]

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