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Fact Of The Day

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    The modern "Gregorian" or "Western" calendar, which most countries use for official business, was first adopted in the year 1582 by Italy, Spain, Portugal and the countries under Polish-Lithuanian influence. To get the calendar in sync with the solar cycle, ten days were skipped in October. Therefore Thursday, October 4 was immediately followed by Friday, October 15.

    Most other countries did not make the solar-sync at the time, and calendars remained inconsistent among many modern nations until 1923, when Greece finally made the switch.

    Countries under the influence of the British Empire, including what would be the US and Canada, made the switch in 1752, making Thursday, September 14 immediately follow Wednesday, September 2.

    To see the North American calendar for 1752, surf here: https://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/?year=1752&country=1

    ObTrivia: DR's b'day did not occur in 1752 in North America. :)
     
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    I was very young at the time, but I remember that day well. The people were totally livid about the Dodgers "defecting" to El Lay.

    The Dodgers actually wanted to build a new larger stadium in Brooklyn, but Master Power Broker Robert Moses stood in the way, wanting the new stadium out in Flushing, where Shea/Citi ended up. I can remember the 'Who in the hell is gonna want to go to a ball game out in the middle of nowhere?" and such.
     
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    Las Vegas and Rochester, NY are two of the few major US cities never to have telephone service provided by the legacy Bell System.
     
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    Chilling out in the Arctic
    Surfers from Norway and around the world gather each September in Unstad, a tiny village in Norway's Lofoten Islands, to compete in the Lofoten Masters, which bills itself as the world's northernmost surfing competition. Described by some as home to the best surf break in Norway, the island village, where sheep easily outnumber villagers, boasts two surf shops to help both novices and experts prepare for the extreme conditions. And surfing isn't just a summer sport at this famous beach located inside the Arctic Circle—during winter months, surfers come here for the unique experience of surfing under the aurora borealis

    A unique experience -- I picture a lot of men saying ""What??? I just got out of the cold water!!!!!!"
     
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    A psephologist is a sociologist whose area of concentration is studying electoral politics. (Pronouncing "psephologist" will be left as an exercise for the student!) :)
     
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    And that right there is a fact of the day!
     
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    So say we all these days.
     
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