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The 12th president of the United States was David Rice Atchinson, a Missouri senator who served for one day in 1849.

The image of the king used in most standard decks of playing cards is said to have been based on Charles I, the English monarch who was beheaded in 1649.

The giant crab of Japan can be as large as 12 feet across.

The specific gravity of your skin and that of Silly Putty is close enough that doctors have actually used Silly Putty to align and test CAT scan machines.

LEGO comes from the Danish, "LEg GOdt," which means "play well."

Levi's 501 jeans got their number from their original stock number in the first Levi's store.

A shark can detect one part of blood in 100 million parts of water.

The word "piano" is really an abbreviation for the word "pianoforte."

Duffel bags are named after a town of Duffel, Belgium, where they were first made.

The words "volt" and "voltage" are named for a member of the Italian nobility in the 1700s named Count Voltman.

The word "samba" means "to rub navels together."

Children grow faster in the springtime.

One in every four Americans has appeared on television. 

Playing cards in India are round.

The word Diastima is the word for having a gap between your teeth.

The infinity symbol is called a lemniscate.

The smallest number spelled with an "a" is one thousand.

Slugs have 4 noses.

Cat urine glows under a black light. 

The Amazon river pushes so much water into the Atlantic that, more than 100 miles at sea, off the mouth of the river, one can dip fresh water out of the ocean and drink it.

The brain of Neanderthal man was larger than that of modern man.

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