Notes from the Brooklyn Polygnostic Institute

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Although anthropologists have traditionally said that native Americans did not reach North America until after the melting of the ice sheets, human footprints dating to 21-23,000 years ago have been found in New Mexico.

This earlier date for Native Americans coming so much earlier than formerly supposed is supported by Native American account of ice sheets and the fact that many Native American languages have a word for camel, an animal that went extinct in North America thousands of years ago.

May be verified in Episode 123 of the Common Descent Podcast
 

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40% of the videos submitted to the British video show You've Been Framed involve mishaps involving trampolines.

May be verified by listening to the No Such Thing As a Fish Podcast
 

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The links was the name of the land between the sea and farmland in Scotland. It was used for raising sheep and rabbits. This was also the first land used for golf. The first golf holes were rabbit holes. Putting greens were inspired by the fact that rabbits flatten the grass around their hole. Sand traps were caused by sheep resting in sandy areas and expanding them.


May be verified by listening to the No Such Thing As a Fish Podcast, episode 391
 

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Buster Keaton was once committed to a mental institution and was put into a strait jacket. However, Buster Keaton was given his nickname by Harry Houdini when he was a toddler and knew how to get out of a strait jacket.

May be verified in the No Such Thing as a Fish Podcast episode 386
 

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The first documented shipment of petroleum from Venezuela was in 1539 when a single barrel of oil was sent to Spain to alleviate the gout of Emperor Charles V

May be verified in the No Such Thing as a Fish Podcast episode 158
 

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The Word Soon use to mean right now. The meaning eventually changed because people were so rarely on time.

May be verified in the No Such Thing as a Fish Podcast episode 145
 

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Comets reflect 2-4% of the light that shines upon them while coal reflects 8% making comets two to four times darker than coal.

The moon reflects 12% of the light shown on it, making it as dark as dark pavement.

May be verified in the No Such Thing as a Fish Podcast episode 140
 
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The word "pink" referred to a dark yellow or greenish yellow color in the mid 15th century, and the word may come from the German word "pinklen" meaning to urinate.

May be verified in the No Such Thing as a Fish Podcast episode 140
 
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Pink was originally considered to be a masculine color due to its association with blood red and blue was seen as a feminine color due to it's association with the Virgin Mary and guides written as late as 1918 followed this belief

May be verified in the No Such Thing as a Fish Podcast episode 140

This in contrast to another book I've read that stated that blue was always associated with boys in an attempt to get the blessing of the sky god and later of the One True God who lived in the sky and that a color for girls was an afterthought, with it first being menstrual red later softenned to pink.
 

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Mammoth meat dug up from the permafrost in Siberia reportedly tastes like meat that was left in the freezer for too long.
May be verified in the No Such Thing as a Fish Podcast episode156
 

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800 languages are spoken in Queens. Some languages are only spoken in Queens as they have died out every place else.

May be verified in the No Such Thing as a Fish Podcast episode154
 
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The first free public library in Great Britain was founded in 1852. It had 18,000 books. It was so popular that a police officer was assigned to control the crowd around at the circulation desk for the first week.

May be verified in the No Such Thing as a Fish Podcast
 
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The Reynold's Rocket was a ball point pen that was sold at Gimbels Department stores for the equivalent of $160 each in 1945. Despite this cost, they did not work very well because they were rushed to production in order to beat the Biro ball point pens that were arriving from Europe.

May be verified in the No Such Thing as a Fish Podcast episode 129
 
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