August 12, 2014

Shark Week: Day 3

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Great white sharks eat 11 tons of food a year, while the average human eats closer to half a ton of food each year.

August 11, 2014

Shark Week: Day 2

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Hammerhead Sharks are viviparous, which means pups grow inside the female shark, similar to humans. Unlike humans, the mother gives birth to 20 to 50 live pups at once.

Source: http://www.shark-world.com

August 10, 2014

Shark Week: Day 1

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In Vietnam whale sharks are called “Ca Ong”, which means “Sir Fish”.  Sir Fish is a God that Vietnamese fishermen pray to for protection and a bounty of fish.

Source: http://www.supportoursharks.com/

July 4, 2014

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Molly Pitcher, real name Mary Ludwig Hays McCauly, was sixteen when she married a barber named William Hays. When her husband went to war, Molly went too. In the Battle of Monmouth on July 28, 1778, she carried pitchers of water to the soldiers and got her nickname, Molly Pitcher. When her husband was wounded in the battle of Monmouth, she took over his place at the cannon. After the battle, General Washington found out about her heroic actions. He then named her Sergeant Molly.

Source: http://www.about.com

July 4, 2014

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A 17-year old student designed the flag as it appears today. In anticipation of Alaska and Hawaii becoming states, Robert G. Heft created the 50-star flag as part of a history project (for which he received a B-). In August of 1959, President Dwight D. Eisenhower chose Heft’s design over 1,500 other applicants and informed him of the news over the phone. (Heft’s teacher also changed his grade to an A).

Source: http://www.mentalfloss.com

June 7, 2014

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The first Belmont Stakes in 1867 was run in the clockwise direction, in the tradition of English racing. It wasn’t until 1921 that the direction was changed to the counter clockwise direction which is customary in American racing.

Source: http://www.horseracegame.com

June 7, 2014

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The Belmont Stakes is referred to as the “Run for the Carnations” because of the blanket of white carnations draped over the winner’s neck. Because the race is the final leg of the Triple Crown and because of its trying l.5-mile distance, it is also referred to as the “Test of the Champion.”

Source: http://www.boydsbets.com

June 3, 2014

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To make one pound of honey, a colony of bees must visit over 2 million flowers.

Source: http://www.utahcountybeekeepers.org