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President In PJs

by Lucie Winborne

  • Quetzalcoatlus, the largest known flying animal, was as tall as a giraffe and may have used its powerful fore-limbs to pole-vault into the sky.
  • Cathay Williams became the first African-American woman to serve in the U.S. Army in 1866. Since women were barred from joining the military at the time, she enlisted as a man under the pseudonym William Cathay.
  • Beaver College changed its name to Arcadia in 2001, partly because anti-porn filters blocked access to its website.
  • The human body emits visible light, but it’s not visible to the naked eye.
  • The FBI dubbed Ted Kaczynski The Unabomber because his early mail bombs were sent to universities (UN) and airlines (A).
  • Modern brunch was first proposed in 1895 as a post-hangover meal.
  • President Thomas Jefferson hated formal affairs so much that he would often greet foreign dignitaries in his pajamas.
  • Newborn babies have nearly 100 more bones than full-grown adults.
  • The Antikythera mechanism, discovered by sponge divers in 1900, is sometimes called the world’s first analog computer. Designed to calculate dates and predict astronomical phenomena, it was so advanced nothing surpassed it for nearly 1,500 years.
  • Some libraries have been known to use extraordinary measures to ensure titles remained on shelves. A notable example is Marsh’s Library in Dublin, Ireland, where in the 1800s, visitors desiring to peruse rare books were locked in cages until they finished reading!

Thought For The Day: If we open a quarrel between past and present, we shall find that we have lost the future.
—Winston Churchill