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  3. 47 charming facts about children’s books

    Did you know the tragic children’s classic Bridge to Terabithia has an even more heartbreaking backstory? Katherine Paterson, the novel’s author, lost a childhood friend to a lightning strike when her friend was just eight years old.

    Our friends at Mental Floss have compiled 46 other facts about children’s books, too, and fortunately, the rest are much more lighthearted.

     


  4. This week I learned: Bill Nye the Science Guy’s origin story hinges on a Steve Martin lookalike contest, Ronald Reagan saved 77 lives, and more!

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  5. This week I learned: there was a ‘Like’ button way before Facebook, that mathematical profile-based “science” of online dating actually started in India in 1500 BC, and Vladimir Putin has a (very fitting) favorite Beatles song.

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  6. This week I learned the best way to cool your mouth after eating a hot pepper, that humanity’s very first kisses had nothing to do with the lips, and more.

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  8. Fun and interesting facts from around the web!

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  9. This week I learned it takes 42 gallons of water to produce a single slice of pizza, you can use OpenTable as a flu tracker, and you smell different (not in a good way different) when you’re sick.

    Read more on these topics here.

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  10. 10 things you didn’t know about the Superman movies

    Did you know that Christopher Reeve was only cast as the lead in 1978’s Superman after Robert Redford, Clint Eastwood, and James Caan rejected the role? Or that Marlon Brando ended up making over $14 million for his 10 minutes of footage as Jor-El — despite the fact that he refused to memorize any of his lines? Or that producers originally pursued none other than Will Smith to play Superman in 2006’s Superman Returns?

     

     

  11. The formerly familiar swooosh as the caller rotated the dial clockwise on a rotary phone to the “finger stop” and then the click-click-click as the dial returned counter-clockwise to the start position is now a novelty application that you can install on your iPhones for nostalgic yuks. Adolescents waiting in line nearby will wonder what the heck that sound is, while we older fogies will know you’re poking fun at us and our ancient ways.

    11 sounds your kids have probably never heard

    PHOTO: ThinkStock/Comstock

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  12. The telephone undoubtedly improved human communication, but it didn’t quite bring world peace… 

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  13. Incorrect.

    Check out the Bad Opinion Generator for more of history’s worst predictions and opinions.

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