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I really enjoy doing Google searches for fun facts and I hope that you do too. I am starting a new message in each game community with the same discussion title. Please feel free to add fun facts and maybe, if I have time, I will post a message weekly.



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  • ElsaElsa Posts: 27,302 Superstar

    March Forth and Do Something Day is a made-up holiday celebrated each year on March 4.

    The holiday encourages people to do something new that enriches their own lives or the lives of people in their community.

    March Fourth

    The name of this unofficial holiday plays on the words, march fourth, which when spoken out loud sounds like march forth - an expression used to convey action and moving forward.

    How to Celebrate?

    March forth and do something.

    Volunteer in your community.

    Start something that you have always wanted to do but have never had the chance to.

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     March 4, 2020 is ...

    64th day of the year. There are then 302 days left in 2020.

    10th Wednesday of 2020.

    on the 10th week of 2020 (using US standard week number calculation).

    74th day of Winter. There are 16 days left till Spring.

    Birthstone for this day: Aquamarine, Bloodstone & Jade

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    This Day in Music

    1967 - The Rolling Stones' Ruby Tuesday hits #1

    1972 -Badfinger's Day After Day is certified gold

    1976 - Hall & Oates, Rich Girl is recorded

    1978 - In the Top 5 songs on this day, Dan Hill's, Sometimes When We Touch at #3 is the only song not written by the Bee Gees

    This Day in Sports

    1913 - New York Yankees are the 1st team to train outside the US in Bermuda

    1967 - Worlds Ladies Figure Skating Champion in Vienna won by Peggy Fleming of the US

    1968 - Joe Frazier TKOs Buster Mathis in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

    1976 - San Francisco Giants are bought for $8 million by Bob Lurie & Bud Herseth

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    Superman didn't always fly. The original comic book Superman could leap tall buildings in a single bound. But then he had to come right back down to Earth—because he didn't fly. It wasn't until the 1940s, when animators for a new animated series decided it would be too difficult to routinely draw him bending his knees, that it was decided that Superman could take off into the air. Readers got to see smooth animation, and a superhero gained a new power.


    Bees sometimes sting other bees. Bees are notorious for their stings, but humans aren't the only ones who experience this pain in the neck (or the arm, or the leg…). In protecting their hives from outsiders, some "guard bees" will stay by the entrance and sniff the bees that come in, says Marianne Peso from the biology department of Macquarie University. If there's a rogue bee from another hive trying to steal some nectar, the guard bee will bite and even sting the intruder.


    Water makes different pouring sounds depending on its temperature. If you listen very closely, hot water and cold water sound slightly different when being poured. The heat changes the thickness, or viscosity, of the water, which changes the pitch of the sound it makes when it's poured. What we feel as heat comes from the molecules of the water moving faster. Cold water is thicker and therefore makes a slightly higher-pitched sound.

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  • ElsaElsa Posts: 27,302 Superstar
    edited March 7

    Daylight Saving Time will begin at 2:00 AM on Sunday, March 8

    Don't forget to change your clock before going to sleep tonight! But what does it mean and why do we do it?

    The terms “spring forward” and “fall back” are used to describe a practice of changing standard time with the intention of “saving” (as in, making better use of) natural light. During daylight savings time (DST), clocks are turned ahead one hour, so that the sun rises later in the morning and sets later in the evening. The change is reversed in autumn.

    Originally enacted in the United States as a wartime conservation effort, observance of DST became federal law in 1918. (To dispel a common myth: It was not enacted for farmers—in fact, most farmers fought for its repeal.) While it was quickly repealed after the war ended, DST was observed nationally again during World War II. By 1966, some 100 million Americans were practicing some type of DST through their own local laws. In 1966, Congress acted to end the confusion and establish one consistent nationwide pattern. The Uniform Time Act of 1966 stated that DST would begin on the last Sunday of April and end on the last Sunday of October. (Any area that wanted to be exempt from DST could do so by passing a local ordinance. Hawaii and most of Arizona, for example, are exempt from DST.) By 2005, the Energy Policy Act established that DST begins each year on the second Sunday in March at 2:00am and that the changeover back to standard time (ST) occurs on the first Sunday in November at 2:00am.

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  • ElsaElsa Posts: 27,302 Superstar
    edited March 7

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  • ElsaElsa Posts: 27,302 Superstar

    Fun Facts about Flowers

    Flowers beguile us with their lovely scent and striking beauty, but many flowers have hidden attributes. Flowers and plants have been used medicinally for thousands of years. Some flowers, such as the lotus, have religious or historical significance. Many flowers may also have unusual characteristics or forms. Dive into the fascinating world of flower-lore and gain a fresh appreciation for these plants.

    Roses are related to apples, raspberries, cherries, peaches, plums, nectarines, pears and almonds.

    Tulip bulbs were more valuable than gold in Holland in the 1600s and they can be substituted for onions in a recipe.

    Chrysanthemums are associated with funerals in Malta and are considered unlucky.

    The very expensive spice, saffron, comes from a type of crocus flower.

    The lotus was considered a sacred flower by ancient Egyptians and was used in burial rituals. This flower blooms in rivers and damp wetlands but may lie dormant for years during times of drought, only to rise again with the return of water. Egyptians viewed it as a symbol of resurrection and eternal life.

    The juice from bluebell flowers was used historically to make glue.

    Dandelions might seem like weeds, but the flowers and leaves are a good source of vitamins A and C, iron, calcium and potassium. One cup of dandelion greens provides 7,000-13,000 I.U. of vitamin A.

    The flower buds of the marsh marigold are pickled as a substitute for capers.

    Flowering nicotiana is related to tobacco, from which cigarettes are made.

    The cornstarch-like powder known as arrowroot is derived from the plant, Marantha arundinacea, and is native to India. It was used by indigenous people to draw out the toxins from a poisoned arrow wound. Today, it is used to thicken pies and jellies.

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    Interesting Facts about Flowers

    Flowers did not always exist; they first appeared 140 million years ago. Before that, ferns and cone bearing trees dominated the earth.

    Several centuries ago in Holland, tulips were more valuable than gold.

    Broccoli is actually a flower.

    Some plants produce toxic substances that kill other plants around them-the sunflower is an example.

    One of the world's rarest, largest, smelliest, and strangest looking flower is the titan arum, or the corpse flower. It is called the corpse flower because it smells like a rotting dead body. The bloom is over 8 foot tall and 12 feet in circumference. They smell like rotting flesh in order to attract flies, their preferred pollinator. People have been known to pass out from the smell! (picture)

    The largest Flower in the world is the flower of the Puya raimondii, which has a flower stalk 35,000 feet tall and bears over 8,000 white flowers.

    Mimosa punica, or sensitive plant, will actually fold up its leaves when it is touched. It has whitish pink fuzzy flowers that look like little pom poms.

    The Bird of Paradise is a beautiful, oddly shaped plant that resembles a colorful tropical bird.

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  • lulu13lulu13 Posts: 3,026 Legend

    My late mother in law used to cook dandelion leaves for the family. She would boil them then sauté with garlic and olive oil, lastly adding tinned tuna.

    Absolutely delicious 😋

    Fact, Dandelion are a good diuretic.

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  • mysticalmystymysticalmysty Posts: 20,245 Superstar

    Did you know that vanilla beans actually comes from one of the species of orchids ?





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  • ElsaElsa Posts: 27,302 Superstar

    These facts that you are sharing might make for a great contest here some time in the future. Keep sharing my friends!



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  • ElsaElsa Posts: 27,302 Superstar

    Are you superstitious? Do you avoid going under ladders? Do you throw salt over your shoulder? Do you believe that if you break a mirror you will have 7 years of bad luck? What about Friday 13? 

    Very little is known about the origins of the day's notoriety. Some historians believe that the superstitions surrounding it arose in the late 19th century. The first documented mention of the day can be found in a biography of Italian composer Gioachino Rossini, who died on a Friday 13th. A 1907 book, Friday the Thirteenth, by American businessman Thomas Lawson, may have further perpetuated the superstition. Others believe that the myth has Biblical origins. Jesus was crucified on a Friday, and there were 13 guests at the Last Supper the night before his crucifixion. Another account suggests that the day has been associated with misfortune since 1307 when on a Friday the 13th, the French king gave the orders to arrest hundreds of Knights Templar.

    Yet, the Fear is Very Real... The fear of Friday the 13th is also called friggatriskaidekaphobia or paraskevidekatriaphobia. Experts say that friggatriskaidekaphobia affects millions of people and estimate that businesses, especially airlines, suffer from severe losses on Friday the 13th.

    Triskaidekaphobia, or the fear of the number 13, is even more widespread. So much so that many high-rise buildings, hotels, and hospitals skip the 13th floor and many airports do not have gates numbered 13. In many parts of the world, having 13 people at the dinner table is considered bad luck.

    Alfred Hitchcock was born on the 13th. The master of suspense was born on August 13, 1899 – so Friday, August 13, 1999 would have been his 100th birthday. He made his directorial debut in 1922 with a movie called Number 13. Unfortunately, the film was doomed from the start and never got off the ground due to financial troubles. Other celebrities and well-known personalities born on a Friday the 13th include actors Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen; novelist and playwright, Samuel Beckett; and former President of Cuba, Fidel Castro. The Day Inspired One of the Highest Grossing Film Series

    The commercially successful Friday the 13th enterprise includes 12 horror movies, a television series, and several books that focus on curses and superstitions. Even though the films and the television series consistently received negative reviews from critics, they have a huge following. The mask worn by the key character in the films, Jason Voorhees, is one of the most known images in popular culture.

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    Taylor Swift thinks of 13 as her lucky number and has some connections with Friday the 13th: "I was born on the 13th. I turned 13 on Friday the 13th. My first album went gold in 13 weeks. My first #1 song had a 13-second intro," she told MTV in 2009.

    Stephen King’s triskaidekaphobia – The number 13 and Friday the 13th in particular, scares even the horror master himself. He wrote an article about it for the New York Times in 1984 and you can read it here.

    Mark Twain was allegedly once invited to be the 13th guest at a dinner party. As the story goes, he went to the dinner despite a superstitious friend's warning. Twain reportedly said, "It was bad luck. They only had food for 12."

    In his No. 1 hit song "Superstition," Stevie Wonder sings: "Thirteen-month-old baby, broke the lookin' glass. Seven years of bad luck, good things in your past. When you believe in things that you don't understand, then you suffer. Superstition ain't the way."

    In some Spanish-speaking countries, Tuesday (Martes) the 13th is considered bad luck. Tuesday is feared because it is the day of the week associated with the Roman god of war, Mars. There is a cautionary saying: "On Tuesdays, don't get married, don't take a trip and don't leave your home."

    Founded in 1882 by Capt. William Fowler, The Thirteen Club of New York was a group of skeptics who defied superstitions by hosting dinner parties on Friday the 13th. At the first dinner, the 13 members performed such unlucky feats as passing under a ladder. They dined on 13 courses, the first by the light of 13 candles. The devil-may-care group tipped over salt containers on the table but were forbidden from tossing any of the spilled granules over their shoulders. The small club evolved into a national organization that boasted such members Grover Cleveland and Theodore Roosevelt, according to the New York Historical Society.

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    In some countries, Tuesday the 13th is the unlucky day, not Friday the 13th.  In Spain and Spanish speaking countries, it's Tuesday the 13th that gets people wound up. Martes, Tuesday in Spanish, comes from the Roman god of war, Mars, forever tying the day to violence, death and bloodshed. In conjunction, Constantinople supposedly fell on a Tuesday during the Fourth Crusade. And then Ottoman Turks supposedly claimed the city on a Tuesday more than 200 years later.

     Please follow this link to read more about superstitions: 13 Superstitions From Around the World



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  • lulu13lulu13 Posts: 3,026 Legend

    Dear @Elsa I’m not really one to be superstitious. I was born on the 13th and when my birthday falls on a Friday they have always been absolutely amazing 😉 usually better than other birthdays. 🎉

    The only thing I always do without fail is if I host a dinner party and their are 13 guests I set another place at the table to make us 14 😁

    The reason?

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  • ElsaElsa Posts: 27,302 Superstar

    Hi @lulu13 so then good things happen on the 13th. You were born! It's weird how these superstitions started way back when and they are still carried over into today's world. I remember for the longest time throwing salt over my shoulder until I thought "why am I dong this?" So what do you think might happen if you didn't set the 14th place setting? It is hard to break those habits and superstitions. Thanks for sharing.



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  • lulu13lulu13 Posts: 3,026 Legend

    @Elsa I do it because I want nothing bad to happen to me or my guests.

    I always remember my mother saying and doing it. So now it’s become a thing in my home. 🙅🏻‍♀️

    🍝 🍷 14 places 🤞😬

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