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1. Some math: 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321


2. If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs
in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle;
if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of
natural causes.


3. No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, and purple.


4. Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without
killing them use to burn their houses down - hence the expression "to get
fired."


5. Canada is an Indian word meaning "Big Village".


6. There are two credit cards for every person in the United States.


7. Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock
and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature 
wasn't added until 5 years later.


8. "I am." is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.


9. The term "the whole 9 yards" came from WWII fighter pilots in the South Pacific.  
When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts 
measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots
fired all their ammo at a target, it got "the whole 9 yards."


10. The most common name in the world is Mohammed.


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


12. The international telephone dialing code for Antarctica is 672.


13. The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.


14. Mel Blanc (the voice of Bugs Bunny) was allergic to carrots.


15. Until 1965, driving was done on the left-hand side on roads in Sweden. The 
conversion to right-hand was done on a weekday at 5pm. All traffic stopped
as people switched sides. This time and day were chosen to prevent accidents
where drivers would have gotten up in the morning and been too sleepy to
realize that *this* was the day of the changeover.


16. The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during
World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.


17. Dr. Seuss pronounced "Seuss" such that it rhymed with "rejoice."


18. In Casablanca, Humphrey Bogart never said "Play it again, Sam."


19. Sherlock Holmes never said "Elementary, my dear Watson."


20. More people are killed annually by donkeys than die in air crashes.


21. The term, "It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye" is from Ancient Rome. 
The only rule during wrestling matches was, "No eye gouging."  Everything else was 
allowed, but the only way to bedisqualified was to poke someone's eye out.


22. A 'jiffy' is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.


23. The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.


24. Hershey's Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks
like it's kissing the conveyor belt.


25. Money isn't made out of paper, it's made out of cotton.


26. Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie.


27. Coca-Cola was originally green.


28. The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time television
were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.


29. The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law which stated
that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.


30. The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army
for the "General Purpose"  vehicle; G.P.


31. The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.


32. The only two days of the year in which there are no professional sports games (MLB, 
NBA, NHL, or NFL) are the day before and the day after the Major League All-Star 
Game.


33. The nursery rhyme "Ring Around the Rosey" is a rhyme about the plague. Infected 
people with  the plague would get red circular sores ("Ring around the rosey"), 
these sores would smell very badly so common folks would put flowers on their
bodies somewhere (inconspicuously), so that it would cover the smell of the sores 
("a pocket full of posies"). Furthermore, people who died from the plague would be 
burned so as to reduce the possible spread of the disease ("ashes, ashes, we all 
fall down").


34. The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28%


35. The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%


  
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