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I saw American Sniper recently. Not all snipers shoot to kill.

FF: in 1993 Columbus Ohio police sniper, Michael Plumb, defused a dangerous situation with an armed man by shooting the gun out of his hand.

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Fun Fact: Flamingos hatch gray or white. They turn pink/red/orange later in life because of the food they eat.

Not sure what a plastic flamingo eats. Plastic shrimp?

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Not surprisingly, that was a result of a college prank, where over 1,000 pink flamingos were displayed on the hill leading to the dean's office in 1979. It only took 30 years (in 2009) for the Madison City Council to decide to give the plastic pink flamingo that designation.

Despite being a Wisconsinite, I wonder what the council members were thinking. Perhaps a little "what the hell, why not" and a taste of the local brew helped them make that decision.

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The pink plastic flamingo is the official bird of Madison, Wisconsin.

It's true.

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The unicorn is the national animal of Scotland.

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Fun Fact: Aristotle left Assos for Lesbos.

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Fun fact: 65% of people believe that the result of last year's coin toss somehow influences this year's, demonstrating a total lack of understanding of independent probabilities.

Fun fact 2: I made that shit up. But I bet a lot of people actually do believe that.

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Fun Fact:

In the previous 48 Super Bowls, the coin toss has resulted in "Heads" 24 times, and "Tails" 24 times.

No one could have ever predicted that outcome.

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I could have put it in the Bitchfest but since I don't really know her, it's more like "just interesting" to me.

My grandmother's youngest sister has died. I don't think I've seen her since 1999 when my grandfather died, and I didn't know her at all. But what is interesting is that she was the last of my family driven from their land and fled the Soviet Union in 1925. She was just a baby but the last of my family born overseas that came here as refugees. The end of an era, of sorts.

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Being a subject of Her Majesty myself, I am probably more familiar with HM Queen Elizabeth than most people here. This story doesn't surprise me as much as it likely does most people here.

The story was excerpted in The Sunday Times from a memoir by British diplomat Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, who was appointed Ambassador to Saudi Arabia in 2003. It begins with Abdullah -- then the crown prince and de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia -- visiting Balmoral, the Queen’s estate in Scotland.

“After lunch, the Queen had asked her royal guest whether he would like a tour of the estate,” wrote Cowper-Coles, who is said to have heard the tale from both Elizabeth and Abdullah themselves. “Prompted by his foreign minister the urbane Prince Saud, an initially hesitant Abdullah had agreed. The royal Land Rovers were drawn up in front of the castle. As instructed, the Crown Prince climbed into the front seat of the front Land Rover, his interpreter in the seat behind.”

Little did Abdullah know, however, that his driver for the day would be none other than Elizabeth herself.

“To his surprise, the Queen climbed into the driving seat, turned the ignition and drove off,” Cowper-Coles wrote. “Women are not -- yet -- allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia, and Abdullah was not used to being driven by a woman, let alone a queen.”

Not to mention a queen who can drive like the wind. According to Cowper-Coles, Elizabeth didn’t just drive the SUV, but rapidly whizzed along the estate’s roads as she chatted, prompting Abdullah to become increasingly anxious.

“Through his interpreter, the Crown Prince implored the Queen to slow down and concentrate on the road ahead,” the diplomat said.

For those who are not aware, HM was a trained truck mechanic during WW2 and was apparently known as a skillful driver. While virtually never "allowed" to drive off her own property, she happens to own quite a bit of it and has kept her driving skills up during her tenure as monarch.

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