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Rome wasn't burned in a day, you know. Wait, maybe it was.
My first commission, and my first completed non-lathe project from the shop. :)

(Also, before anyone asks, my policy is to keep the names of people who commission me for something confidential unless told otherwise.)

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According to the CIA World Fact Book, Greenland has a 100% literacy rate.

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Keeanu Reeves was born in Beirut, Lebanon.

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First completed project from my shop.  Couldn't get a great picture though.  Still, I have 3 more in the works right now. :)

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Ever wonder why we always solve for X in algebra?  Well, it's because algebra was invented in the Middle East, and the character that equations solved for was, roughly, "sh".  This sound is a single character in Arabic.  When algebra entered Europe through Moorish Spain, Arabic characters were changed to Spanish characters, and in Spanish there is no single character for "sh".  So, X was substituted.  That's why we always solve for X.

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The twin chest-length beards of Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill of ZZ Top was not deliberate.  The band took a two-year break, and when they finally got together after that period they had discovered that the two of them had, quite independently of each other, grown out their facial hair.  Oddly enough, the drummer, whose name is Frank Beard, came back clean-shaven.

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The Voyager 1 spacecraft was only expected to continue functioning until it got to Saturn in 1980.  Instead, it is currently about to leave the Solar System entirely and is still sending back data.  It is currently expected to finally run out of power in 2025-2030, some 45 to 50 years longer than expected.

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In the middle ages, if you needed surgery you went to the barbershop.

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The flower known as Queen Anne's Lace is actually a species of wild carrot.

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Despite their names, in the ancient world Upper Egypt was in the south and Lower Egypt was in the north.  They were named after their position along the Nile rather than their geographic position -- Upper Egypt was upriver from Lower Egypt.

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Cone cells are cells in the eye that allow someone to detect colors.  Humans have three types -- one for red, blue, and green -- that allow us to see millions of colors.  Adding a fourth doesn't just add one color -- it would add the ability to detect thousands more.

With that in mind, the following I find fascinating:

- Dogs have two types of cone cells
- Humans have three types of cone cells
- Butterflies have five types of cone cells
- Mantis shrimp have sixteen types of cone cells.

In fact, the eye of the mantis shrimp has the most complex eye in the world.  Nothing else in nature comes within 50% of the complexity that has been observed in a mantis shrimp eye.

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8675309 (from the song) is a prime number.

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Superman's birth name, Kal-El, translates from Hebrew to roughly "Vessel of God".
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The Empire State Building was the first building tall enough to allow a person who jumped off the top of it to achieve terminal velocity.

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It's been speculated that one of the things that may have contributed to the Hatfield-McCoy feud was a disease called von Hippel-Lindau disease, which the McCoy family was susceptible to.  In 20% of cases, sufferers develop a tumor in the adrenal glands, which produces an excess of adrenaline and "a tendency towards explosive tempers".

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For the first half of his career, Groucho Marx's famous mustache was painted on with grease paint.  He didn't grow a real one until middle age.

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English longbowmen drew their bows backwards.  Normally when someone draws a bow to fire, they hold out their bow arm and then draw the string back to firing distance.  Medieval longbowmen put the string at firing distance and then pushed out with their bow arm until it was straight.  Then they fired.  This was a much more effective way of firing bows with 100-200lb draws.

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The oldest hotel chain in the world is Nisiyama Onsen Keiunkan in Japan. It was founded in 705.

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The industry standard of "Five Nines" with regard to service uptime is that an online service should be up for 99.999% of the year.  This means the service is allowed 5.26 minutes of downtime per year.

Change that to Six Nines (99.9999%), and the amount of allowable downtime drops to 31.5 seconds per year.

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This one came from researching which horse was which in the image faecat posted in a comment to the last entry.

Pestilence was not one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.  The Horsemen were, in order of appearance:

Conquest - Rides the white horse, holds a bow
War - Rides the red horse, holds a sword
Famine - Rides a black horse, holds scales
Death - Rides the pale horse, holds nothing, hell follows him

It's also worth pointing out two other interesting points:
1.) Death is the only horseman explicitly given a name.  The rest are named based on their description.
2.) Famine is the only one whose appearance comes with a vocal pronouncement.  Specifically, "A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine."

(I use the King James version for my quotes.  I think it's prettier.)

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