Curious Trivial Facts (12/11)

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This informative post will be posted on Saturday along with my usual writing.  We can all appreciate some of the lesser known facts from around the world.

One of the first models for the artificial heart was invented in the early 1950s at the Yale University School of Medicine, using the parts and motor from a standard Erector Set.

David Rice Atchison was President of the United States for one day, March 4, 1849.  James Polk’s term ended that morning, but President-elect Zachary Taylor refused to be sworn in on a Sunday.  In the interim, the job automatically went to Atchison, the Senate president pro tem.

These facts have been discovered in I NEVER KNEW THAT by David Hoffman (2009).

21 thoughts on “Curious Trivial Facts (12/11)

  1. My grandmother underwent openheart surgery in Indianapolis being chosen to recieve a pigs valve to replace her damaged heart valve from Scarlett fever. Surgery was successful. Lasted around 15 years and got a second one. Amazing technology. She got to watch her grandchildren grow up and meet her great grandchildren!

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