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Every single tweet is archived in the Library of Congress.


Yes, Congress is taking steps to ensure that you’re online legacy remains intact. Every public tweet since Twitter’s inception in March 2006 has been and will continue to be archived digitally at the Library of Congress. This means that the library is ingesting more than 50 million tweets every single day. 

The best part of this entire story is that the Library of Congress actually tweeted this information on April 14 2010. This was on the same day their number of followers surpassed 50 000. The implications of this are overwhelming. Just think, social networking has made it possible for future generations to find out what was once “trending.” 

All the people that we misquoted, and what exactly we had for lunch that one time. And, of course, every single OMG Fact that we've tweeted out!

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If Japan had waited to bomb Pearl Harbor a new stated would've been born!


The State of Jefferson is a proposed U.S. State that spans the contiguous, mostly rural area of southern Oregon and northern California.The area has made several attempts to secede from Oregon and California.

This region on the Pacific Coast is the most famous of several that have sought to adopt the name of Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States.

In 1941, the area became really close to becoming a state. They elected a governor, created a declaration of independence that they gave out to tourists and were making front covers in newspapers nation wide.

On December 8, 1941, a newsreel was scheduled to begin running nationwide describing the efforts. Most people think that Jefferson would've been successful in their statehood attempt. That is, until Japan attacked the US on December 7 of that same year.

If Japan had waited about a week to bomb Pearl Harbor, this state could’ve been born in the mountainous region of Northern California and Southern Oregon!

People in Jefferson and the nation focused their efforts on the war rather than the new state, and hence this crippled the movement.

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During WWII a man saved 8000 Jews by faking a typhus epidemic!


Eugene Lazowski's generosity under the threat of execution is another reminder that not all human beings are terrible.

Like many others, Eugene's actions during World War II helped save thousands of Jews that would have most certainly been executed in a concentration camp by the Nazi's.

Eugene Lazowski was born and raised in a small town in Poland. When World War II came rolling around, Eugene, like many other brave young men around the world decided to enlist in the army.

First, he was a second lieutenant on a Red Cross train, later becoming a medical doctor in the Polish resistance.

Eugene Lazowski, with the help of his friend Dr Stanislaw Mateluwicz, created a fake Typhus disease and secretely spread it amongst all the civilians in the town.

The fake Typhus epidemic wasn't lethal, but to the Nazi doctors, it appeared as if almost the entire population of the city had Typhus! As a result, the Nazi's quarantined the city and around 8,000 Jewish people avoided going to concentration camps as a result!

Eugene Lazowski passed away in 2006.

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The inventor of the snapshot camera committed suicide. His note said "my work is done, why wait."


His name was George Eastman. He was the inventor of the first Kodak snapshot camera. You might recognize the name he gave to it: the Kodak camera. In addition to being one of the first brand names invented from nonsense syllables, it also sparked a photographic revolution that is still strong today.

He was able to simplify the photography process and create a product that everyone was able to use. He also pioneered a system in which employees of the company got dividends, essentially making them part-owners of the company. Sadly, when he was 77, he had spinal stenosis, which is a narrowing of the spinal canal. The pain for him was pretty big.

He decided to commit suicide by shooting himself in the heart. He left a short and simple note: "To my friends: My work is done. Why wait?"

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The Honey Guide bird in Africa has a special call just for speaking with humans!


The Maasai people of Africa whistle and communicate with the Honey Guide bird. The bird has a special call that it only uses when communicating with humans. They help the Maasai find honeycomb. The bird's call changes as the Maasai get closer and closer to the honeycomb. So, why does the Honey Guide help the Maasai? The Maasai return the favor and give the bird some of the honeycomb. If they didn't give back, the bird could lead them into harm's way the next time.

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