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President Reagan is the only U.S. President whose inauguration has ever conflicted with Super Bowl Sunday. He was inaugurated, for his second term, on Sunday, January 20, 1985 in a private ceremony at the White House.

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The Canadian postal service was established in 1755 by Ben Franklin—who opened the first official Canadian post office in Halifax, Nova Scotia as Deputy Postmaster General for the British Colonies.

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Aquaponics is a farming method that combines plant and fish farming in a symbiotic setup where the plants are watered using nutrient-rich waste water from their companion fish tanks and the “cleansed” water is then recirculated back to the fish tanks.

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The iconic “chung CHUNG” double beat sound effect in the long-running police procedural Law & Order was accidentally created when a microphone bounced on a piano and is described by composer Mike Post as a happy accident.

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Most cranberries are harvested by flooding their fields (they float thanks to little air pockets in the berries) and tend to be frozen or processed quickly once harvested. Those that are dry harvested and sold as ‘fresh’ are tested for ripeness via a bounce board separator (ripe cranberries bounce).

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Researchers at MacEwan University discovered that people who frequently play video games were significantly more likely to have lucid dreams than non-gamers.

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Hanlon’s razor is an eponymous adage named after Robert J. Hanlon that states: “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”

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A group of otters in the water is called a “raft”; the term is no doubt derived from the appearance of large groups of sleeping otters—they link their arms together while slumbering, creating a raft-like structure out of their bodies.

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Prior to 1995, there was no charge for registering a domain name.

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Tsundoku is a Japanese word that means “the act of piling a purchased but unread book with a pile of other purchased but unread books”.

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The popular candy bar Snickers was created by Frank and Ethel Mars, of the Mars candy family, and named after their favorite horse.

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The Library Hotel in New York City is arranged based on the Dewey Decimal System; its ten guest floors correspond to ten of the major categories in the Dewey Decimal System and its 60 rooms are outfitted with books, artifacts, and artwork related to sub-categories thereof.