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3731 Summer Glau-River Tam actress summer Glau grew up with a background in dance, which she was able to make use of on 'Firefly' and the follow-up film 'Serenity,' as she was not only able to do almost all of her own stunts, but express the character's thoughts through her physicality as well.

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3732 James Howard-WWII fighter pilot James Howard won the Medal of Honor for single handedly taking on 30+ German fighter planes all by himself to protect a group of American bomber planes. The leader of the bomber formation later reported that, “For sheer determination and guts, it was the greatest exhibition I’ve ever seen. It was a case of one lone American against what seemed to be the entire Luftwaffe. He was all over the wing, across and around it. They can't give that boy a big enough award.”

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3733 Blind Riddle-A philosophical riddle from 1688 was recently solved. If a man born blind can feel the differences between shapes such as spheres and cubes, could he, if given the ability, distinguish those objects by sight alone? In 2003 five people had their sight restored though surgery, and, no they could not.

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3734 Stomach Illness-Scientists at UCLA noticed that “time and time again” people suffered their first experience with anxiety or depression right after stomach illnesses. They did brain scans after patients ate probiotics, and found that stomach bacteria actually directly affected connectivity of the brain.

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3735 Swaffelen-Netherlands voted “Swaffelen” as their word of the year in 2008. It means to repeatedly smack one’s penis against someone or something.

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3736 Baby Carrots-A carrot farmer trying to cut back food waste (over half of carrots produced are too ugly for grocery shelves) carved and created the first batch of ‘baby carrots’ using a green bean cutter. About 30 years later, these carrots account for 70 percent of all carrot sales.

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3737 Pig War-In 1859, an American farmer in the San Juan Islands shot a pig who was eating his potatoes, but the pig happened to belong to a British colonist. In the ensuing confrontation, 461 Americans with 14 cannons faced 5 British warships with 70 cannons and 2140 men. The only casualty was the pig.

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3738 Adult Adoption-Adult adoption rates in Japan are high so that companies can carry on a particular family name, even if the next generation isn’t up to the task of running a successful business.

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3739 Setun-There have been computers programmed in “ternary” instead of the conventional binary. One such computer, built by the Soviets in 1958, had distinct advantages over binary computers such as increased power efficiency, cheaper parts and easier implementation of certain operations.

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3740 Seahorses-Seahorses engage in an eight-hour courtship dance which includes spinning around, swimming side by side and changing colors.

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