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Attack of the Moose

Although not usually aggressive to humans, moose attack more people than bears and wolves combined.  Generally these attacks result in minor consequences, but in the American continents moose injure more people than any other wild mammal.

For more reading on moose aggression:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moose#Aggression 


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Jack Bauer Kills

Wondering how many kills Jack Bauer made throughout the series 24?  The number is at 268.  Here is the breakdown by season:

Number of Kills 
Season 1     10
Season 2     30
Season 3     14
Season 4     43
Season 5     39
Season 6     51
Redemption  15
Season 7     28
Season 8     38
    Total     268

For complete details on each kill, check out http://24.wikia.com/wiki/On-screen_kills_by_Jack_Bauer


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Making it Rain

The largest denomination of currency ever printed by the US government is the $100,000 bill.  The bills were printed from December 18, 1934 through January 9, 1935 and feature the portrait of President Woodrow Wilson.  However, these notes were never circulated among the general public.  The largest bill ever to be put into public circulation was the $10,000 bill featuring Salmon P. Chase. 

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Large_denominations_of_United_States_currency#.24100.2C000_bill

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The Most Expensive Painting Sold

The most expensive work of art ever sold is a piece from a series of oil paintings done by Cézanne known as The Card Players.  These works were done by Cézanne in the early 1890s with the series consisting of five paintings.  One version of The Card Players was sold in 2011 for an estimated price between $250 million and $300 million which makes it the most expensive work of art sold.  

Wikipedia notes: “In February 2012, Vanity Fair reported that the royal family of Qatar had, during 2011, purchased their version of the painting for a record price variously estimated at between $250 million and $320 million from the private collection of Greek shipping magnate George Embiricos.”



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Everyone has an opinion on politics these days, including animals.  For the past 15 years, the town of Talkeetna, Alaska has been run by Mayor Stubbs who happens to be a cat….


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BMW Flamethrower

What better way to defend your vehicle from an unwanted carjacking then with a built in flamethrower for your vehicle?  Such a device known as The Blaster (or BMW Flamethrower) was created by South African inventor Charl Fourie. 

According to Wikipedia: “The invention came in response to the increasingly severe violent crime situation in South Africa, which in 1998 had already made the country (particularly Johannesburg) the per capita murder, assault, rape and carjacking capital of the world.  The Blaster was a liquefied petroleum gas flamethrower installed along the sides of the vehicle under the doors. Should a group of carjackers suddenly attack the vehicle while it is stopped in traffic (the typical scenario), the occupant could flip a switch and direct 5 metre plumes of flame upward into the facial area of anyone trying to enter the vehicle through the doors or windows. Fourie claims it is unlikely to kill but would “definitely blind” the assailant. In South Africa, it is legal to use lethal force in self-defence if in fear of one’s life, and ownership of flamethrowers is unrestricted.”

Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blaster_%28flamethrower%29

Here is some video of this vehicle add-on in action:




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End of Customer Support

After 24 years, Nintendo has officially ended support for their flagship console- the Nintendo Entertainment System AKA NES.  It was originally released in the USA October 1985.  The scarcity of parts has required Nintendo to end their long running support.  In addition, they also ended support for the Super NES, Nintendo 64 and the original Gameboy.  Props to Nintendo for doing what they can to support the iconic NES.

Source: http://www.techpowerup.com/43607/Nintendo-Ends-Support-for-the-NES.html


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Are You a Timbromaniac?

A timbromaniac is nothing more than a fancy term for someone who has a passion for stamp collecting.

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/timbromania


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The Matchbook Collector

A phillumenist is one who engages in phillumeny.  Phillumeny is the art of collecting matchbooks, matchboxes, and related items. 

More info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phillumeny 


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Ferrule

The little metal band that encircles your pencil eraser is known as a ferrule. 


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