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Top 10 Facts Of The Day (March 13, 2017)

10. The concept of using a card for purchases was described in 1887 by Edward Bellamy in his utopian novel Looking Backward. Bellamy used the term credit card eleven times in this novel, although this referred to a card for spending a citizen’s dividend from the government, rather than borrowing.

9. Africam is a website that brings you live 24/7 video feed of protected areas of southern Africa. You can watch elephants, giraffes, zebras, hyenas and other species in the wild.

8. An Oxford University study concluded that men need at least two “guys nights” a week to stay healthy. 

7. A neuroscientist studying the brains of psychopathic killers scanned his own brain as a control, only to discover that he himself was a psychopath. When he told friends and family, the universal response was, “That explains a lot.”

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The first lesson of business, and the last, is to use other men’s gifts and powers. If he looks about him at all, he sees that no man gets rich simply by his own labor, no matter how mighty a genius he is, and that, if you want to get rich, you must make other men work for you, and pay you for the privilege of doing so.
—  William Dean Howells, A Traveler from Altruria.