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badminton.jpg (7979 bytes)Badminton used to be known as "poona."

Bugsy Siegel named his Las Vegas casino "The Flamingo" for the long legs of his showgirl sweetheart, Virginia Hill.

The ichthyosaur is Nevada's official state fossil.

A puff of smoke, such as that produced when someone smokes a pipe, is called a "lunt."

Snow is technically classified as a mineral.

The phrase, "Often a bridesmaid but never a bride," actually comes from an advertisement for Listerine mouthwash. The text was written by Milton Feasley and first appeared in 1925. The advertisement was so successful that it ran for more than 10 years.

"Weird" Al Yankovic received a Bachelor's degree in architecture in 1981.

The most common surname in the world is Chang.

The oldest business in the United States of America is the cymbal company Zildjian, founded in Constantinople in 1623.

An eyelash lives about five months.

The Atlantic Ocean holds 17 quadrillion gallons of water.

armor.jpg (6028 bytes)Because of anti-German sentiment during WWI, Americans referred to sauerkraut as "liberty cabbage."

Screwdrivers were first used to help knights put on armor.

The most played song on American radio during the 20th century was You've Lost That Loving Feeling. The song is the only one in history to be played more than eight million times on the radio.

Honeybees, turtles and termites are all deaf.

No U.S. President has been an only child.

It is estimated there are about 500,000 detectable seismic tremors in California each year.

You burn 3.5 calories each time you laugh.

Most of the villains in the Bible have red hair.

The domestic cat has 18 claws—five on each of the front paws, four each of the paws in back.


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