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Did you know? Carrots were originally purple

Carrots originally looked nothing like they do today. According to the National Carrot Museum in the UK, carrots were purple. These vegetables also had some offshoots -yellow and white ones which appeared in the wild. The orange carrots we know and eat today are actually the result of a genetic...
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Today in history: The Simpsons debuts

Today is Monday, December 17, the 351st day of 2018. There are 14 days left in the year. The Simpsons featuring the Simpson Family including Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie debuts on Fox as a half-hour prime time show debuted on December 17, 1989. The show was controversial from its...
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Did you know? People once thought tomatoes were poisonous

Because aristocrats oftentimes got sick and die after eating tomatoes in the 18th century Europe, they were nicknamed "the poison apple." Little did they know that the explanation had to do with their choice of tableware, not the tomatoes and as such, the aristocrats miss-attributed the tomato. According to the...
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Today in history: UNICEF was established

Today is Tuesday, December 10, the 345th day of 2018. There are 20 days left in the year. On December 11 1946, the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) was created by the United Nations General Assembly to provide emergency food and healthcare to children in countries that had...
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Did you know? Newborns don’t produce tears

Newborns make crying sounds without actual tears. The tears do not start developing until toward the end of the first month, although some can develop from 2 weeks onwards. Some babies don't produce enough from their tear glands until at least a couple of weeks after birth, some take just...
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Today in history: Lewis Washkansky receives the first human heart transplant

Today is Monday, December 3rd, the 337th day of 2018 when Lewis Washkansky got his first human heart transplant. On December 3, 1967, 53-year-old Lewis Washkansky got the first human heart transplant at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. Washkansky, South African food merchant kicking the bucket from...
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Did you know? Albert Einstein’s eyes are being preserved

Albert Einstein’s eyes remain in a safe box in NYC. After Albert's death in 1955, an autopsy was performed on his body and his brain was removed to be studied. Thomas Harvey, a doctor at the hospital where Einstein died, removed the famous scientist's brain and kept it with him. Dr...
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Did you know? Napoleon was once attacked by rabbits

In 1807, Napoleon Bonaparte of France was one of the most powerful men in the world. At that time, Napoleon had just signed the Treaties of Tilsit, ending the war between France and Russia. To celebrate the feat, Napoleon asked his Chief of Staff, Alexandre Berthier, to plan a luncheon and...
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Did you know? The shortest war lasted for 38 minutes

The Anglo-Zanzibar War of 1896 lasted for a grand total of 38 minutes. The Anglo-Zanzibar War started brewing after the Pro-British sultan Hamad bin Thuwaini died on August 25, 1896, and his cousin, Khalid bin Barghash, seized the throne (Khalid didn’t agree with the British colonial rule). However, the British...
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Did you know? Carrots were originally purple