Now I Know: The Revealing Stories Behind the World's Most Interesting Facts
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Did you know that there are actually 27 letters in the alphabet, or that the U.S. had a plan to invade Canada? And what actually happened to the flags left on the moon?
[their] daughter doesn’t belong to [them] any more,” and admitted that they “never talk about family matters” with her. Even that may be an understatement. As the AFP reported, when Wu’s parents arrived in London for the 2012 games, they barely communicated with her before the diving event—they sent her a text message, telling her they had arrived safely, but otherwise had no contact with their daughter. They did not even go see her before her final dive. The Chinese rank and file did not take
in cases where these bonuses were awarded randomly, and not due to player skill. Over time, he succeeded in getting the game declared an illegal game of chance, and in 1940, New York City banned pinball within its borders. Like most contraband, this simply pushed pinball underground, into seedy parlors and strip joints in Greenwich Village and Harlem. Popular disdain for pinball did not approach that for slot machines, making it hard for LaGuardia to muster up support for raids on illegal
Perky built the Sugarloaf tower in 1928 with much fanfare—and one big problem. According to Atlas Obscura, when Perky put the bats into the tower, they flew off to find some bugs to eat—and never came back. BEATING THE BOMB THE MAN WHO SURVIVED HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI Twenty-nine-year-old Tsutomu Yamaguchi was in Hiroshima, Japan, about to return home from a business trip, when he realized that he’d left his hanko—a personal seal used for endorsing documents—back at the office. His return
you’re going to get with a banana. And you should get it before it’s gone. Bananas—or more accurately, the Cavendish, a specific type of banana that most of us consider to be the banana—are, if nothing else, an incredibly consistent fruit. There’s a reason for that. All Cavendish bananas are clones and therefore genetically identical to every other Cavendish out there. (It’s not uncommon for fruits to be cloned. Navel oranges are also clones, for example.) But being clones has a big downside—if
city. In recent years, Boston uses the gift from Halifax on Boston Common as the city’s official Christmas tree. BONUS FACT As noted earlier, the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima was roughly five to seven times as powerful as the blast from the Halifax explosion. We know this in part because, for decades after the Halifax disaster, North American media outlets used the event as a yardstick for measuring other bombs, underscoring the event’s significance. For example, when Time magazine reported