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Tug-of-war was an Olympic event from 1900-1920.

An insect exerts so much energy in one hour of flying that it may lose as much as a third of its total body weight.

An office chair with wheels on it will travel an average of eight miles yearly.

The only remake of an Elvis Presley song ever to hit the Top 10 was Cheap Trick's Don't Be Cruel, which hit #9 in 1988.

Baby rattlesnakes are born without rattles.

There are more than 15,000 different varieties of rice.

The hard hats used by construction workers were first invented and used in the building of the Hoover Dam in 1933.

American Indians almost never go bald. (Same for red-haired women.)

Egyptians used to worship cabbage heads as gods, enthroned on elaborate altars.

"Of" is the only word in which an "f" is pronounced like a "v."

A group of turtles is called a "bale."

A group of whales is called a "gam."

A group of goldfinches is called a "charm."

Each day is 0.00000002 seconds longer than the day before because the Earth is gradually slowing down.

The "glair" is the white (or clear) part of an egg. "Glair" comes from the Latin clarus, meaning "clear."

A silicon chip a quarter-inch square has the capacity of the original 1949 ENIAC computer, which occupied a city block.

The world’s first public library opened in Warsaw, Poland in 1747.

Liquefied bubble gum is an effective insecticide. Bugs chew on it and their jaws stick together and they starve to death.

Margaret Gorman was the first Miss America (1921).

The winner of an athletic event in ancient Greece was given a bunch of celery, much like flowers are given today.

One of every 11 boxes of cereal sold in the U.S. is Cheerios.

In ancient China, people committed suicide by eating a pound of salt.

Another word for the human thumb is "pollex."

The Baths of Caracalla in ancient Rome covered almost 28 acres. More than 1,600 people could bathe at the same time.


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