Did you Know?

---The US House of Representatives has sent over 400 bills to the Senate in the last year. The Senate has brought only 20% of them to the floor for a vote.

---At Disneyland and Disneyworld, all but one American flag you see is a fake. They either have only 45 stars or 12 stripes. This is so they don't have to be lit at night when they leave them up.

---In 2016, 1/6 of American congressmen who left office became lobbyists.   

---Major metropolitan police departments heavily overbought Ford Crown Victoria police cars because they made the perfect police car. They simply put the unused vehicles in a warehouse until needed. That is why you still see them being used long after the last ones were made in 2012.

---John Glenn got his third and final MiG kill in the last air to air combat of the Korean War

---According to one estimate, approximately 4,500 passengers are injured each year from falling baggage.

---According to the CDC, STDs in the US have increased significantly in 2018 due to a reduction in funding for title X which provides funding for health services to low income people.

---Recently, 20 new moons were discovered orbiting Saturn, moving this planet into first place regarding the most moons.

---There are over 17,000 'farms' in Korea where dogs are raised for meat.

---Worldwide, August 2019 was the second warmest August on record.

--- The full moon we had on last Friday the 13th will not recur on Friday the 13th until August 2049.

---It takes from 24 to 72 hours for a meal to completely pass through your system.

---Out of total book sales, e-books make up about 20%.

---According to Forbes, the average income of book authors who are not self published is about $15-20,000 a year.

--- You are more likely to have difficulty sleeping after smoking or drinking alcohol than caffeine.

---Worldwide, July 2019 was the hottest July on record since records started being kept in 1880.

---This last Wednesday (24 July), a meteor that was approximately 125 meters across passed as close as 73,000 Km from the earth. Its small size and speed were such that it wasn't detected until a few days before its passing. Had it struck the surface, it would have been enough to wipe out a large metropolitan area.

---This year, the Mississippi River at St. Louis was above flood stage for 127 consecutive days, eclipsing the 104 day record set in the Great Flood of '93.

---Worldwide, June 2019 was the hottest June on record since records started being kept in 1880.

---In 1942/43 over half of the USAAF's aircraft inventory was trainers.

---British K class submarines were powered by oil-fired steam engines, complete with funnels.

---Tariffs are paid for by the recipient country, not the one who sends the good. So US tariffs on Chinese goods are paid for by American consumers, not by China.

---Gerrymandering, the policy of redrawing a state's voting districts to give unfair advantage to one political party over another, was started in 1812 by Massachusetts governor Elbridge Gerry. His final map had one area that looked like a salamander; hence the term gerrymander.

---The Chinese military is controlled by the communist party and not by the Chinese government.

---According to Forbes, approximately 52% of fast food workers are on some sort of public assistance.

---The surrender of Robert E Lee at Appomattox on 12 May 1965, was only the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia, which was under Lee's command. However, it was a signal of things to come and the capture of Jefferson Davis on 26 May of that year pretty well ended it all. As a footnote, the Confederate raider CSS Shenandoah did not surrender until 6 November and then it was to the British. That could arguably be considered the end of the war.  

---FS 595 paints are allowed a +/- 10% variation in color. Keep that in mind when talking to the color police.

---When an Iowa class battleship fired a full broadside, the ship did not move sideways more than a mm or two.