Interesting Facts

Even an office worker can be a hero! Find out how a distribution assistant got a shout out from the president!

Heroism is based on the actions we perform, even more so when put under an immense amount of pressure. Those that think of employees in a place called the Congressional Budget Office may not be your stereotypical superheroes.

Well, there's one guy who set out to prove all those people wrong: Lenny Skutnik.

He was the epitome of a hero when he saved someone in the icy Potomac river.

On January 13, 1982 Air Florida Flight 90 crashed into the 14th street bridge in Washington D.C. where one passenger was too weak to grab the rescue line dropped from a helicopter. Skutnik decided to jump in.

The distribution assistant swam 30 feet in short sleeves and managed to save Priscilla Tirado. It got him invited to the 1982 State of the Union address where he sat next to First Lady Nancy Reagan. He even managed a shout out from the president himself.


Due to the always uncertain future of Futurama, there has been four designated series finales.

Futurama is an animated TV comedy based in the future. It started out on Fox and eventually moved to Comedy Central.

The show has been aired sporadically in the past, leading to a lot of confusing for both fans and the shows' writers. The show has had 4 episodes that were written with the intention of them being the finale.

In the first few seasons of the show, the time and day that it aired changed a few times, and on top of that, the new episodes were often shown at different times due to sports ending later than expected. All of this combined to make it hard to keep up with every new episode of the show.

Fox eventually decided to (unofficially) cancel the show in the middle of its fourth season. Comedy Central decide to pick it up in 2006, and decided to make new episodes instead of just airing reruns. They also created a film that was going to act as the shows finale.

It took until 2009 for Comedy Central to pick the show up for another season. At first it wasn't certain that all of the original voice actors would be a part of it, but eventually they were. The season premiere ended up being the networks highest-rated night in 2010 and its highest-rated Thursday primetime in the network's history.

The future of the series has always been uncertain which has led to the multiple finales. "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings", "Into the Wild Green Yonder" and "Overclockwise" have all been written to serve as a final episode for the show. The episode "Meanwhile" currently stands as the show's official series finale.


If the New York Public School System was a city, it would be the 10th largest in the US!

It's easy to forget how many students there are in the United States.

New York City is, unsurprisingly, the largest city in the United States. Holding over 8 million people, there's a reason the Big Apple is seen by many as America's cultural epicenter.

However, it is also the center of American primary education.

With over 1700 schools and 1 million students, the New York City Public School System is the largest compulsory education organization in the United States.

In fact, if the New York Public School System was a city in itself, it would be the tenth largest in America, putting it behind Dallas, San Diego, San Antonio, Phoenix, Philadelphia, Houston, Chicago, Los Angeles and, of course, New York City.

Sadly, it is also one of the most segregated school systems in the country. According to The New York Times, the New York City Public School System features a large amount of systematic discrimination against Hispanic, Asian, and black students, a trend that has continued even after housing segregation has diminished.

The New York City Public School System is part of the state's Department of Education. It is currently run by Schools Chancellor Carmen Faria.


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In 1954, archaeologists found a statue of the Buddha in this 8th-century Swedish viking settlement!

In 1954, archaeologists unearthed an early viking settlement on Sweden's island of Helg. In this settlement, they found a number of interesting objects. Most notable of these was a small statue of the Buddha.

Though it is possible one of the settlement's vikings was a practicing Buddhist, it is also possible that the statue was taken during a viking raid.

Buddhism is a nontheistic religion based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, more commonly referred to as the Buddha or "the awakened one". Alive during the birth of philosophy, the Buddha shared the spotlight with such great thinkers as Lao-Tse, Confucius, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle.

Buddhists believe in the Four Noble Truths, which are as follows:

1. Dukkha, that life is filled with unsatisfactoriness 2. Samudaya, that dukkha is caused by craving and ignorance 3. Nirodha, that there is a cure for dukkha 4. Magga, that the cure for dukkha is following the Noble Eightfold Path.

To follow the Noble Eightfold Path means that one has Right Understanding, Thought, Speech, Action, Livelihood, Effort, Mindfulness, and Concentration.

I wonder if those vikings' ships were fitted with a Dharma wheel...


In the past, maps were drawn with the East on top, leading to the creation of the word orientation!

Maps haven't always looked like how they do today.

In addition to featuring a distinct lack of Americas, maps from the Middle Ages were not laid out the same way.

Unlike modern maps, older navigation charts didn't have North on the top, South on the bottom, and East and West on the right and left respectively. Rather, they put East on the map's highest point, meaning Asia was on the top of the map while Europe was on the bottom.

In order to use the chart correctly, individuals would have to hold the map so that Asia was on the top. Asia was known by Europeans as the Orient, which derives from a Latin word meaning East. As such, when you moved the map so it was facing the correct direction, you were "orienting" it.

Not all modern maps place North at the top of the map. For example, maps of the Arctic and Antarctic generally orient themselves around the poles, while maps of cities bordering a sea generally orient the sea on top.

Some maps explicitly reverse the common "North on top" orientation, placing South on top and North on bottom. These maps are known as reversed maps.



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