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Since I am having withdrawals from the other post, I figured I would post some fun facts.

The Kennedys redecorated the White House since Mrs. Kennedy thought the furniture was too cheap!


Back in 1961, Jackie Kennedy decided to do a renovation of the White House by replacing the cheap furniture bought by the Trumans with pieces of the White House historical furniture!

Jackie Kennedy was so obsessed with the whole redecorating process, that along with Dorothy Mae “Sister” Parish she started the job right away. She started by reediting several of the family bedrooms and few other rooms. She decided to do several redecorations around the entire house! For instance, she converted the former Prince of Wales suite into a Private Dining Room!

The Kennedys were able to declare the White House a museum, they did this in order to preserve it and they accepted many antique furniture that fitted the White House! She even asked the Eisenhowers to give back the Washington era China they had taken home after leaving office!

Many of the “modern” rooms seen at the White House are all renovated thanks to Mrs. Kennedy’s great sense of decoration. So next time you decide to pay a visit to the White House remember that behind all it's history, the Kennedy era is among it.

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by on Jun. 19, 2013 at 5:44 AM
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by Platinum Member on Jun. 25, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Skateboards have been tested by marines for their usefulness in urban combat!



We all know how intense skateboarding can get with all it's riding and awesome tricks.Some people consider it a recreational activity, others as an art form, a job and even a method of transportation. Skateboarding is almost a culture that has shaped and been influenced by many people throughout the years.

There are over 18.5 million skateboarders throughout the world! 74 % of them being male. Nobody really knows who made the first board, although it seems that some French children were the first ones to implement the skateboard by riding boards with roller skate wheels attached to them.

However, you probably didn’t know that the United States Marine Corps tested the usefulness of commercial off-the-shelf skateboards during urban combat military exercises in the late 1990s! Their special purpose was “for maneuvering inside buildings in order to detect tripwires and sniper fire”.

Some people might show off their daddy’s revolver, but if you have a skateboard be proud of the great weapon you possess.


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by Platinum Member on Jun. 25, 2013 at 11:14 AM

The bricks at Cinderella's Castle get smaller as they go up to make it look taller than it is!



Cinderella's Castle in the Magic Kingdom is indeed a magical place. It brings to life so many fairy tales and fantasies. The castle itself has a toy-like effect, sometimes making you question just how real it is.

Some parts of it, it turns out, are not what they appear to be. The outside appears to be white and grey stone but is in fact a reinforced plaster. No actual bricks were used in it's construction.

And while the castle is 190 feet tall (100 feet taller than Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland), it looks even taller. The castle uses a technique called "forced perspective." As it gets taller, it's parts get smaller, making them appear further away than they are. Hence, the castle looks taller.

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by Platinum Member on Jun. 25, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Lawns became popular in the 17th century as a symbol of wealth!



A well-kept vibrant green lawn is the pride of many people in suburbia. Lawns are a status symbol, now, and ever since they first became popularized. The reasons, however, have changed dramatically.

In the early Jacobean epoch of 17th century England, the closely cut 'English' lawn was born. By the end of this period, having an English lawn was seen as a symbol of status of the aristocracy and gentry. It showed that the owner of the field could afford to keep land that was not being used for a building or for producing food.

Today, they are still seen as a status symbol. However, since the 2008 recession, many communities have dug up their lawns and planted fruit and vegetable gardens. The result could be that lawns will be viewed as environmentally and economically unviable at some point in the near future.


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by Platinum Member on Jun. 25, 2013 at 11:15 AM

There's a town that is literally living under a rock!



The town of Setenil de las Bodegas, in Spain has about 3,000 inhabitants. Their town has the particular feature of being built under a giant rock formation. It's located just northeast of Cadiz.

The rock formation was eroded by the Trejo river, which allowed for easy construction of the houses under the walls of the gorge itself. The natural caves of Setenil are ideal for them because they don't need to build entire houses, just a façade. The rocks also keep them cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Check the source for more photos!

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by Platinum Member on Jun. 25, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Canada has specifically banned members of the Westboro Baptist Church from entering the country!



Canada says good riddance to members of the Westboro Baptist Church located in Topeka, Kansas. The church is not associated with any of the major Baptist denominations.

In fact, they have all denounced the Westboro Baptist Church and adamantly state there is no affiliation. Canada isn’t the only country that has banned the church members from their country.

The United Kingdom has banned them entering their country, as well, on the basis of hate speech. The WBC is known for their outrageous stances and pickets. They travel all over making horrible statements about God hating…well, basically everyone who isn’t them.

They attack homosexuals, soldiers, and Jews among other groups with their pickets and protests. There doesn’t seem to be any real aim or goal for their protests, except to gain attention.

They’ve even been denounced by the KKK as being “hatemongers.” Now, that is a pretty serious statement, coming from one of the United States’ first recognized terrorist groups.


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by Platinum Member on Jun. 25, 2013 at 11:18 AM

There are more possible games of chess than atoms in the observable universe



This is because the number of atoms is estimated to be about 10^79, while the number of unique chess games is 10^120. Here are some interesting facts for our chess fans:

  • The word "Checkmate" in Chess comes from the Arabic language. The original form is "Shah Mat," which means "the King is dead."
  • From the starting position, there are eight different ways to Mate in two moves and 355 different ways to Mate in three moves.
  • The folding Chess board was invented by a priest in 1125. It was intended to make the board look like two books laying together when it was folded, thus concealing the board. This was done because the church forbid priests to play chess.
  • Rookies or, players in their first year, are named after the Rook in Chess. Rooks generally are the last pieces to be moved into action, and the same goes for Rookies.
  • There is a form of chess that is played while blindfolded. Many good chess players can do this, but it gets tricky after many moves since you need to see the board clearly. The record was set in 1960 in Budapest by Hungarian Janos Flesch, who played 52 opponents simultaneously while blindfolded – he won 31 of those games.

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by Platinum Member on Jun. 25, 2013 at 11:19 AM

In Minnesota, women can face up to 30 days in jail for impersonating Santa Claus!



There are some crazy laws in our states. Apparently, every man in Brainerd, Minnesota is required to grow a beard. It’s illegal to tease skunks and women can face up to 30 days in jail for impersonating Santa Claus in Minnesota.

A Michigan law says it is illegal to make love in a car unless it is on your own personal property and a woman’s hair belongs to her husband. In Detroit it is illegal to “ogle” a woman from a moving car. In Montana it is a felony for a woman to open her husband’s mail.

In Las Vegas, Nevada it is illegal to feed the homeless. The city doesn’t want tourists to realize how many homeless there really are. They also closed all the parks in Vegas so that the homeless won’t congregate. They must continue to move all day or be arrested. To feed the homeless, you have to make two lunches and eat with them so that you are technically “eating with a friend.”

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by Platinum Member on Jun. 25, 2013 at 11:20 AM

India Will Exceed China's Population By 2030



India is currently at second for the world’s largest population with 1.21 billion people or 17% of the Earth’s population. When India was granted independence from the United Kingdom around 60 years ago, it's population was around 350 million.

Since that time however, it has nearly tripled. In a matter of decades, it will out-populate China. This high population rate is a result of increasing poverty and sub-standard health care. There is very little awareness and education about birth-control, even amongst the middle classes.

Meanwhile China's population is expected to drop while the US is never expected to reach the mark of 1 billion people. India has created some goals to reduce their population rates, but those goals will need to be carried out with well-planned, and effective strategies to curb a growth rate of 1.6%.


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by Platinum Member on Jun. 25, 2013 at 11:21 AM

There is a giant salt city 1200ft below Detroit!



Not many Detroit citizens are aware that when they walk of the streets of their humble city, they are walking on top of a 1,500 acres salt mine. The mine stretches from Detroit's metropolitan area, all the way to Melvindale and Allen Park in the South West.

The Detroit Salt and Manufacturing Company shut the mine down in 1983, when the fall of salt prices had caused the company to start losing business. But, the mine was a thriving location in the 1920's all the way up to the 1950's. Allegedly, thousands of citizens would flock to the mines for guided tours, including children on field trips!

The mine, even at it's busiest of times, was according to the worker's clean, and rodent free. One of the reasons the mine was surprisingly rodent free is because rats would have absolutely nothing to eat besides what was left behind by the miners lunch pails. As a result, nothing lived in the mines, nor were there any signs of anything living in past ages.

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by Platinum Member on Jun. 25, 2013 at 11:28 AM

A church in Spain began construction in 1882 and won't be finished until 2026!



Sagrada Família is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. Although incomplete, the church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and in November 2010 was consecrated and proclaimed a minor basilica by Pope Benedict XVI.

Though construction of Sagrada Família had commenced in 1882, Gaudí became involved in 1883, taking over the project and transforming it with his architectural and engineering style—combining Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms. Gaudí devoted his last years to the project, and at the time of his death at age 73 in 1926, less than a quarter of the project was complete. Sagrada Família's construction progressed slowly, as it relied on private donations and was interrupted by the Spanish Civil War—only to resume intermittent progress in the 1950s.

Construction passed the halfway point in 2010 with some of the project's greatest challenges remaining and an anticipated completion date of 2026; the centennial of Gaudí's death. The basílica has a long history of dividing the citizens of Barcelona; over the initial possibility it might compete with Barcelona's cathedral, over Gaudí's design itself, over the possibility that work after Gaudí's death disregarded his design, and the recent possibility that an underground tunnel of Spain's high-speed rail link to France could disturb it's stability.

Describing Sagrada Família, art critic Rainer Zerbst said "it is probably impossible to find a church building anything like it in the entire history of art" and Paul Goldberger called it "the most extraordinary personal interpretation of Gothic architecture since the Middle Ages.

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