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07/13/2017

Interesting fact: The Supreme Court says it’s not a violation of constitutional rights to fly a drone at low altitude. But they still won’t allow my drone into the Great Hall.

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07/06/2017

Interesting fact: The bindel, aka a hobo’s blaket-stick, may hail from the German/ Yiddish word Bu?ndel. I point this out so that the newspaper’s typesetter has to scramble for an umlaut before press time.

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06/29/2017

Interesting fact: David Attenborough has 42 writer credits and 196 credits for appear- ing as “self,” but not a single one of them tells me what CAFO means. 

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06/22/2017

Interesting fact: The practice of citizen’s arrest dates back to medieval England, when sheriffs encouraged ordinary citizens to apprehend criminals. How’s that for hanging onto outdated imperialist dogma that perpetuates the economic and social differences in our society?

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06/15/2017

Interesting fact: There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics and the Great Pumpkin. But I discuss them anyway.

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06/08/2017

Interesting fact: Sarah Catherine Martin, who published the first known “Old Mother Hubbard” in 1805, reportedly based the character on the housekeeper of her sister, a Mrs. Pollexfen Bastard, which is actually a real name.

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06/01/2017

Interesting fact: Vuvuzelas, now plastic, used to be made out of tin. But the tin ones were banned from soccer stadiums because they were dangerous weapons. Watch out, cowbells.

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05/25/2017

Interesting fact: The United States has 318 million people, and 328 million active cell phones. Yet you never return my calls.

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05/18/2017

Interesting fact: The Association of Mature American Citizens reports that a study conducted by Dr. Johan Lundstrom, at Philadelphia’s Monell Chemical Senses Center, found that the older you are the better you smell. (Here’s looking at you, MILF Hunter.)

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05/11/2017

Interesting fact: An easy way to beat box and impress your friends is by saying “boots and cats” over and over again. Try it. 

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05/04/2017

Interesting fact: There is pretty much no product that has not been emblazoned with Hello Kitty. Think about it.

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04/27/2017

Interesting fact: Mortarboards aren’t just for graduation they used to be worn by schoolteachers, until the mid-20th century. Because mortarboards don’t look at all silly, they certainly commanded respect from all those little twerps.

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04/20/2017

Interesting fact: Most graffiti laws are local, but a federal law prohibits railroad vandalism. If there were such a law against cartoonish penises, D.C. would look WAY different today.

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04/13/2017

Interesting fact: I tried to find out why we smoke cigars at weddings and other celebrations. But for the first time since I got bored with porn, the internet let me down.

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04/06/2017

Interesting fact: Many Mexican beers are in fact Austrian, dating to 19th century styles when Mexico was briefly headed by the Habsburg clan. Prost!

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03/30/2017

Interesting fact: I can’t be doing so badly, because I’m Rachel and you’re not.

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03/23/2017

Interesting fact: Even spring break is commercial. It started as a marketing ploy by Fort Lauderdale, which hosted the first College Coaches’ Swim Forum in 1938. #partyhard

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03/16/2017

Interesting fact: Guinness in the U.S. is not Irish at all. It’s brewed in places like Canada, and owned by a British multinational corporation. So get drunk on whiskey instead.

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03/09/2017

Interesting fact: The chlorine in swimming pools is a form of bleach. Urine contains ammonia. Ergo, peeing in the pool violates the Geneva Protocol.

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03/02/2017

Interesting fact: Your brain processes 20 million pieces of information a second but retains only 20-40 of them. You know. Give or take.

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