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Following is our collection of super amazing and curious facts and details explaining May 8. This list is intended for research in school, for college students or just to feed your brain with. Possible use cases are in quizzes, differences, homework facts legend, cover facts, and many more. But nevertheless learn why is May 8 so important!

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Top 10 May 8 facts that will blow your mind.

  1. The southern United States converted all its railroads from broad gauge (5 feet/1.524 meters) to standard gauge (4 feet 8 1⁄2 inches/​1.435 meters) in 36 hours starting on May 31, 1886

  2. The eldest son of Genghis Khan, Jochi, may not have been his. Khan's first wife was kidnapped and found 8 months later, pregnant. Khan treated him as his own, but doubt in legitimacy led to Ögedei as the heir.

  3. The Centralia mine fire is a coal seam fire that’s been burning underneath Centralia, PA since at least May 27, 1962; suspected to be from a trash burning that hit a coal strip in a cave. The fire burns at depths of up to 300 ft. over an 8 mile stretch and, as of 2015, continues to burn.

  4. Newer and larger airplanes (Boeing 777 and 787) have hidden crew rest areas above the passenger areas. These areas have enough room to sleep up to 8 flight attendants on long-haul flights. Pilots may also have rest areas that include private bathrooms.

  5. Hazelnut is wind-pollinated plant. Wind carries pollen to the female flowers during the winter. Pollen remains dormant 7 to 8 months (until the May or June), when fruit starts to develop.

  6. As the American forces were fighting their way through the island, VE Day was declared on May 8, 1945.

  7. Depending on the species, butterfly fish vary in size from 3 to 6 inches in length. Certain species may grow up to 8 inches.

  8. Black widow attacks humans only when it is threatened. People rarely die after bite, but they experience nausea, abdominal and muscle pain, sweating, hypertension and difficult breathing. These symptoms may last from 8 hours to few days. Luckily, antivenom (which prevents all these negative effects) is available in most hospitals.

  9. The battle occurred from May 8 to May 21, 1864.

  10. Size of a corn depends on the species. Most types of corn grow to the height of 8 feet. Wild species may reach 40 feet in height.

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Females are able to store and use sperm for the fertilization of eggs during a period of 4 years. They lay 3 to 8 (usually 4 to 5) eggs from May to July in the nests in the sand. Incubation period lasts 3 months.

Women's feet may get as cold as 8 °C in cool rooms.

On May 18th, 1980 at 8:32 a.m. Mount St. Helens erupted. The eruption followed a 5.1 magnitude earthquake.

The terms of Texas’ 1845 admission to the Union may give it the right to split into 5 separate states, granting 8 more Senators to represent the state's overall population.

On May 17, 1920 Samuel Reshevsky, beat 20 chess players (some are the world best players) at a simultaneous tournament, he was 8 years old at the time.

There’s a secret size in Starbucks which does not appear on the menu. “Short” is a cup with the size of 8-ounce. It is known as the kid’s size, and it may not be listed as an option.

On May 8, 2010, Louis Farrakhan publicly announced his embrace of Dianetics and has actively encouraged Nation of Islam members to undergo auditing from the Church of Scientology.

90% of the cells within us are not ours but microbes'. Bacteria live on the tongue, teeth, and skin and in the intestine. Viruses like herpes simplex may loiter for years inside nerve cells and viruslike pieces of DNA that infected ancient humans and still make up 8 percent of our genome.

Mount St. Helens is only the 52nd highest peak in Washington state at 8,365 ft. Prior to its eruption on May 18, 1980, it had been the fifth highest peak in the state at 9,677 ft.

On May 8, 1978, Muhammad Ali boxed Marvin Gaye, Sammy Davis Jr. and Richard Pryor at a benefit fight at the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles

Hachiko the Japanese Akita, who would wait everyday at Shibuya station for his owner to return from work. On May 21, 1925, his owner died suddenly, but Hachiko continued to wait faithfully at the station for over nine years, until his own death on March 8, 1935.

Transits of Mercury occur in May or November. The last four transits occurred on November 15, 1999; May 7, 2003; November 8, 2006; and May 9, 2016. The next will occur on November 11, 2019, and then on November 13, 2032.

Mount Everest may be the highest peak on the surface of the Earth but it is not the farthest from the Earth's centre. Chimborazo sits at 6,384.4 m above sea level (vs Everest's 8,848 m) but is further away from the Earth's centre by 2,168 m.

About William Windsor (born 2000), a cashmere goat who served 8 years as a lance corporal in the Royal Welsh battalion of the British Army, except for 3 months in 2006 when he was demoted to fusilier due to inappropriate behaviour during the Queen's birthday celebrations. He retired in May 2009.

Mammoths the largest known species reached heights in the region of 4 m (13.1 ft) at the shoulder and weights of up to 8 tonnes (8.8 short tons), while exceptionally large males may have exceeded 12 tonnes (13.2 short tons).

Yuichiro Miura, the first man to ever ski on Mount Everest. On May 6, 1970, he descended nearly 4,200 vertical feet from the South Col (over 8,000 m high(26,000 ft)). He later became the oldest person to reach the top of Mount Everest at age 70, breaking his record twice at age 75 and 80.

Trains in Switzerland must not have 256 axles because the computer that counts them uses an 8 bit number, so it rolls 256 over to 0 and thinks the train has zero axles. In some cases this may result in "phantom" or "undetectable" trains.

The record for fastest ascent from Everest base camp to the summit is 8 hours and 10 minutes. Completed on May 21st, 2004 by Pemba Dorjie.

A neat trick to remember the first 8 digits of Pi, just remember this phrase, and count the letters in each word... “May I have a large container of coffee?”

You do not need 8 glasses (8oz each) of water per day if you're healthy, not doing strenuous work, and in a mild climate AND caffeine and alcoholic beverage may count toward the fluid intake you should have. This was taken from a study of studies on the subject.

Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier (French), a chemist who named Hydrogen (1783), served as a financier and public administrator prior to the French Revolution and was executed during the revolution on May 8, 1794.

Before breeding, seahorses may court for several days. During this time, they may change color and swim side by side holding tails. They also engage in a dance that lasts for about 8 hours.

Boston's iconic guitar riff from 'More Than A Feeling' may have been heavily influenced by Joe Walsh's song, 'Tend My Garden', written 8 years earlier .

There is a type of cloud that may go extinct if the current global warming trends continue, and that the death of these clouds would result in a global average temperature increase of 8 degrees celsius

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