Five Random Facts for Friday

Here are some random facts for you.

1.  People have been metal detecting since 1881, when Alexander Graham Bell invented a device to find the bullet lodged in President James A. Garfield.

2.  Whether you go north, south, east, OR west from Los Algodones, Mexico, you still wind up in the U.S.  It’s on the northeast tip of the Baja peninsula, so it’s north of one corner of Arizona.

3.  Peaches are named after Persia, because that’s where Europeans had them for the first time.  They were called “malum persicum” in Latin, which translates to “Persian apple.”  It was eventually translated to “peche” in French, which became “peach.”

4.  The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were called Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles when they debuted in England in the ’80s, because “ninja” had violent connotations.

5.  Under the 12th Amendment, if a presidential candidate and their vice president are from the same state, that state isn’t allowed to cast electoral votes for both of them.  It’s left over from when presidents and vice presidents were elected separately.


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