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Table salt is the only commodity that hasn't risen dramatically in price in the last 150 years.

Naturalists use DNA testing to distinguish male emperor penguins from female. The sexes look identical.

Originally, a "heckler" was someone in the textile trade who combed out flax or hemp fibers. Its current meaning refers to a time when unionized hecklers interrupted colleagues responsible for reading the day's news.

In the U.K., a bettor in a casino is called a "punter."

The storage capacity of the human brain exceeds four terabytes.

According to astronomers at Johns Hopkins University, the color of the universe, based on measuring the spectral range of the light from more than 200,000 galaxies, is a slightly beige white. The hexadecimal value is #FFF8E7, and the color is called "Cosmic Latte."

One alternate title that had been considered, but then discarded, for NBC's hit Friends was "Insomnia Café."

Americans eat an average of 18 pounds of fresh apples each year. The most popular variety in the United States is the Red Delicious.

In South Africa, termites are often roasted and eaten by the handful, like popcorn.

Humphrey Bogart made the following disparaging comment about James Dean, who died in a car crash at age 24, "If he'd have lived, they'd have discovered he wasn't a legend."

In terms of chemical composition, the substance human blood most closely resembles is seawater.

Louis XV was the first person to use an elevator. In 1743, his "flying chair" carried him between the floors of the Versailles palace.

Tweety first said his line, "I taught I taw a puddy tat!" in 1942's "A Tale of Two Kitties."

After a male honeybee finishes having sex with the queen, he leaves his penis lodged inside the queen while the rest of his body explodes.

A Welsh woman, Myra Franklin, sat through 940 screenings of "The Sound of Music."

In ancient Greece, courtesans wore sandals with nails in the sole so their footprints would leave the message, "Follow me."

Nicknames for rum include Barbados water, kill-devil, demon water, navy neaters and Nelson's blood.

Gummi bears were originally called "dancing bears."

Santa Claus has a brother named Bells Nichols according to French tradition. He visits homes on New Year's Eve after everyone is asleep, and if a plate is set out for him, he fills it with cookies and cakes.

The word "robot" was created by Karel Capek. It came from Czech/Slovak "robotovat," which means to work very hard.

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