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Thursday Thoughts with Tyler #2

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If you are looking for a great way to waste your time, you have come to the right place.  Please enjoy the second edition of Thursday Thoughts with Tyler and revel in these amazingly nugatory little known facts.

  1. A cat’s ability to see well at night is due to its tapetum lucidum, a structure that reflects visible light back through the cat’s retina. It’s also what causes the eyes’ weird ‘glowing’ effect in the dark.
  2. The original version of Monopoly was a cautionary tale against the perils of capitalism.
  3. Goosebumps are actually caused by a muscle. It is called the arrector pili muscle.
  4. Sharks have existed longer than trees.
  5. Double Stuff Oreos are only 1.86 times as “stuffed” as classic Oreos.
  6. There really was a Captain Morgan. He was a Welsh pirate who later became the lieutenant governor of Jamaica.
  7. The 1967 Outer Space Treaty forbids any nation from trying to own the Moon.
  8. The dot over your lowercase “i” is called a tittle.
  9. In early drafts of the Back to the Future script, the time machine was built out of an old refrigerator.
  10. Back in the 1800s, composer Franz Liszt was worshiped like a rock star. In fact, he received so many requests for locks of his hair that he eventually bought a dog, only to snip off patches of its fur to send to his admirers.
  11. It’s illegal to own only one guinea pig in Switzerland. (They get lonely.)
  12. Chinese checkers was invented in Germany.
  13. Fish cough.
  14. The first pair of Nike running shoes was made in a waffle iron.
  15. The national animal of Scotland is the unicorn.

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