Did you Know?

--- The current 50-star American flag was designed by a 17-year-old as a school project in 1958. He got a B.

---Adjusted for inflation, the wealthiest US president was John F. Kennedy whose net worth was over 1 billion dollars.

---For each Allied bomber brought down by anti-aircraft in WWII, the Germans expended approximately 12,000 rounds.

---During 1942, no Japanese submarine that successfully attacked and sank a US ship was ever itself sunk by escorting warships.

---There are currently 1,100 fully functioning satellites in Earth orbit plus about 2,600 that no longer work.

---The launch of TIROS I (Television and InfraRed Observation Satellite) on April 1, 1960 marked the first day it became possible to observe the Earth's weather conditions on a regular basis, over most of the world from the vantage point of outer space.

---Of the many theories that abound, 1637 is probably the true origin of Thanksgiving, owing to the fact that Massachusetts colony governor John Winthrop declared a day of thanks-giving to celebrate colonial soldiers who had just slaughtered 700 Pequot men, women, and children in what is now Mystic, Connecticut. Abraham Lincoln is the one who popularized the Pilgrim myth, one that has stuck with Americans ever since.

---In the UK, It is an offence to handle salmon in suspicious circumstances. This is an offense under the Salmon Act of 1986s (date is not a typo).

---It is not illegal in Germany, to break out of a prison. They will simply track you down and put you back. No additional charges.

---  The Toba supereruption was a supervolcanic eruption that occurred about 75,000 years ago at the site of present-day Lake Toba in Sumatra, Indonesia. It is one of the Earth's largest known eruptions. The Toba catastrophe theory holds that this event caused a global volcanic winter of six to ten years and possibly a 1,000-year-long cooling episode.

---If you add a pinch of baking soda to black tea, you will remove the bitterness you can get from either making it too strong or overbrewing.

---In Japan, hundreds of thousands of ethnic Koreans have lived without citizenship rights for decades. Many moved there after Japan annexed Korea in 1910; 600,000 stayed after the end of World War II. Japan revoked their citizenship, they lost their voting rights and were barred from most jobs.

---In 1871, Tuscon, Arizona was one of the largest towns in the territory, and yet, despite having 3,000 people, it only had one bathtub.

---The Cotton Gin wasn’t actually invented by Eli Whitney in 1794, he just improved upon it. Earlier versions of the device date back to 5th century India.

---On May 9, 1864, union general John Sedgwick was killed by Confederate soldiers after remarking to someone nearby that the enemy “couldn’t hit an elephant at this distance.”

---Once in their life, each Babylonian woman had to offer herself for pay on the sacred grounds of the temple of Ishtar, the popular goddess of love and carnal pleasures.

---The first season of "I Dream of Jeanie" was the last US network TV series filmed in black and white. This was because smoke was difficult to duplicate in color during that time.

---From 1702 to 1708 the colonial governor of New York was a transvestite named Edward Hyde who publicly wore women’s clothing imported from France.

---The Plymouth Pilgrims sought to create a society where all items produced were put into a state-owned commonhouse, all buildings were owned by the state and everyone’s resources were distributed equally among the community. In other words, the pilgrims were proto-communists.

---In 2014, there were 2.3 million black people in America's jails. In 1860, there were 3.9 million slaves.

---The original reason for cutting a cross in brussel sprouts was not to help them cook faster, but to release the satanic spirits held within.

---In the first part of the 20th century, some doctors believed that failure to feed a baby or feeding the baby too much/at irregular times would make the baby a Communist.

---The least common eye color is amber and is most often seen in South America and Asia.

---According to the Pew Research Center, in the US, those who are more likely to vote all the time in an election are white, male, married, aged 50-64, make $75,000 or more a year, are college graduates, and attend religious services weekly or more.   

---2% of the world's population have green eyes.

---Of the approximately 25,000,000 Soviets who died during WWII, 13,000,000 were civilians.

 ---In the US, about 40% of the food produced is wasted. World wide that number is closer to 30%.

---With most car leases, you are only paying for the depreciation of the car over the leasing period.

---A quarter of all US rail traffic goes to or through Chicago.

---Nearly half of all cellphone calls next year (2019) will come from scammers, according to First Orion, a company that provides phone carriers and their customers caller ID and call blocking technology.

---Over 36% of American houseolds rent their homes. This is an increase of over 5% since the start of the Great Recession of 2007

--- The Tesla battery pack, which takes up the entire underside of the car from wheels to wheels, is made up of hundreds of little cells about the size of a AA battery.

--- The 'Site Map' link takes you to other articles and features in MM.

---According to the Federal Reserve, the average life of a $1 bill is 70 months.

---Even if there are no signs of rot, the industry standard is to swap out tires before they hit 10 years old, and some tire companies recommend replacement as early as six years after manufacture.