Did you Know?

---Brass, silver and copper can kill common bacteria through what is known as the oligodynamic effect. This is one good reason to put brass fixtures in your house and to use brass doorknobs.

---The average taxes paid by Fortune 500 companies in 2018 was 11.3%. 91 companies, including Amazon, paid no federal taxes and many of these got refunds in the millions.

---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.