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It’s #919Day!! Let’s celebrate!!! Here’s 40 things you probably DIDN’T know about Durham according to Movoto:

1. Magic is real, at least at Duke University. Researchers created a perfect unidirectional invisibility cloak that can hide anything smaller than a centimeter. It’s only a matter of time until you’re living out your Harry Potter fantasies.

41 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Durham

2. College basketball’s winningest coach is Duke’s Coach K (short for Kyzyzewski, pronounced She-Shef-ski) with a staggering 976 wins as of this February.

3. Dukes alumni include some seriously impressive folks: Richard Nixon, Apple CEO Tim Cook, “Community” star Ken Jeong, “Braveheart” director Randall Wallace, and veteran interviewer Charlie Rose.

41 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Durham

4. The barcode was pioneered in Durham’s Research Triangle Park by George Laurer.

41 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Durham

5. The very first item scanned with said barcode was a 10-pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit chewing gum, now on display in the Smithsonian.

6. The Blue Devils’ namesake was a group of intrepid Alpine soldiers in World War I known for their great mountaineering abilities—and blue clothing.

41 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Durham

7. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous rallying cry to “fill up the jails” as a form of civil rights protest was coined in a speech outside Durham’s White Rock Baptist Church in 1960. It was King’s first call to nonviolent protest against segregation laws.

41 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Durham

CHECK OUT THE FULL LIST OF INTERESTING FACTS RIGHT HERE!!

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