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liberty-bell.jpg (11365 bytes)If an Amish man has a beard, he's married.

Pennsylvania is spelled incorrectly on the Liberty Bell. It is spelled, "Pensylvania."

There are no public toilets in Peru.

Those small, bead-like pieces of candy (usually silver) used for decorating cookies and cakes are called dragées.

The Romans had three words for kissing. Basium was the kiss exchanged by acquaintances, osculum was the kiss between close friends and suavium was the kiss between lovers.

The three richest people in the world have assets that exceed the combined gross domestic product of the 48 least developed countries.

Sissy Spacek was originally cast as Princess Leia in Star Wars. Burt Reynolds was originally cast as Han Solo.

Hawaii is the only state in the U.S. where male life expectancy exceeds 70 years. Hawaii also leads other states in life expectancy in general, with an average of 73.6 years for both males and females.

In an average game of Monopoly, B&O Railroad is the railroad most often landed on.

The fastest land animal is the cheetah, but the fastest animal in the world is the peregrine falcon, which can dive at 217 miles per hour.

Nearly all windmills turn counterclockwise. Ireland is about the only place where windmills turn clockwise.

Louisa Adams, wife of President John Quincy Adams, was the first and only foreign-born first lady.

Tweety Bird was originally named Orson. He was originally pink, but censors thought he looked naked, so his color was changed to yellow.

The first woman in space was Valentina V. Tereshkova of the former USSR.

At an auction at Christie's in London, three condoms from the 18th century sold for $1,500.

Cheryl Ladd (of Charlie's Angels fame) was the voice, both talking and singing, of Josie in the 1970s cartoon Josie and the Pussycats.

Walt Disney was once fired by a newspaper editor for lack of imagination.


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