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This Week I Learned Pt II

Reddit.com has this great feature called: Today I Learned, which complies little interesting and trivial facts about random things.

We here at Long Awkward Pause have gathered a sample of some that we found worthy of mention:

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The price of admission for a zoo in 18th century England was a dog or a cat — they were fed to the lions.

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The BBC was going to wipe the Monty Python series to re-use the tapes. Terry Gilliam, at the last minute, saved the tapes by buying them outright from the BBC and storing them in his attic.

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 Chocolate Milk was invented in Ireland

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Originally there were plans to send Big Bird into space- aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger. Ultimately the Muppet was too large, and the educator slot was filled by Christa McAuliffe.

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Guard donkeys are used to protect livestock and can even kill predators like coyotes

tea

The British power grid must prepare for and predict moments of heavy refrigerator and kettle use for breaks during pivotal sport games and soap opera episodes.

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 Jingle Bells is actually a Thanksgiving song.

beesknees

The phrase “the bees knees” is a shortened/evolved version of the phrase “the b’s and e’s,” which is a shortening of “the be all and end all.”

chillomia

The national animal of North Korea is the Chollima, a mythical winged horse that they made up.

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Michael Jackson was granted a patent for a device he invented for the Smooth Criminal video, it’s a special type of shoe that allows you to lean forward over your center of gravity without falling over.

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About Christopher De Voss (132 Articles)
One Of The Hosts Of Podcast 42. Online Producer for The Over The Line Show. Voice over actor, writer on various websites, published author, should not eat cheese but still does. Follow me on twitter: @chrisdevoss

19 Comments on This Week I Learned Pt II

  1. GAH!!! The lions were fed cats or dogs as an admission ticket?!!?

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  2. Chocolate milk is Irish you say? Hmm. So is Irish Coffee.

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  3. Actually, that’s quite devastating about the Challenger switch.

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  4. caralouisephotography // September 4, 2014 at 11:54 am //

    I have always wondered how MJ did that!! Thanks for sharing

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  5. He he! What fantastic facts! The zoo one was my favorite! For craziness, not for using pets as lion food!

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  6. I have no issue with giving the lion a cat, but not my dogs.

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