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When was khaki first introduced?

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The color khaki was first used in the Afghan War in 1880 -- the color was considered good camouflage.

How strong is a leaf-cutting ant?

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The leaf-cutting ant can lift more than 50 times its own weight.

How did the president get his cabinet?

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The President's Cabinet is not mentioned in the Constitution. But George Washington found that he had to consult regularly with the Secretary of State and other heads of major departments, and the Cabinet developed from this practice of the first president.

What color mustard do white mustard seeds make?

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White mustard seeds are used to make yellow mustard; the color comes from turmeric. Spicy mustards are concocted from brown mustard seeds.

What's the best way to make chocolate chip cookies?

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Chocolate chip cookies are made with sugar, flour, eggs, semi-sweet baker's chocolate and butter. While the Toll House recipe is considered the standard, the ingredients can be adjusted to give the cookies slightly different properties.

- For a thin, crisp cookie, increase the baking soda by up to 50%, replace one of the eggs with milk, and ...Read more

Who created the lawn flamingo?

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The father of the pink flamingo (the plastic lawn ornament) was Don Featherstone of Massachusetts. Featherstone graduated from art school and went to work as a designer for Union Products, a Leominster, Massachusetts company that manufactured flat plastic lawn ornaments. He designed the pink flamingo in 1957 as a follow-up project to his plastic...Read more

What's the title of Grenada's national anthem?

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The national anthem of Grenada, words written by Irva Merle Baptiste and music by Louis Arnold Masanto, was adopted on February 7, 1974. However, Grenada's anthem has no title.

How much energy does an insect burn?

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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.

How does a cheetah run so quickly?

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A cheetah can advance 7 to 8 meters in a single stride, and the animal completes four strides per second. A stride is measured as the distance between successive imprints of the same paw.

Why was golf banned in England?

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Golf was banned in England and Scotland in 1457 by King James II because he claimed it distracted people from the archery practice necessary for national defense.

Does recycled glass save energy?

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Recycled glass uses only two-thirds the energy needed to manufacture glass from scratch. That means for every soft drink bottle that is recycled, enough energy is saved to run a television set for an hour and a half.

How long is a chameleon's tongue?

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The chameleon, a small lizard generally measuring 6 or 7 inches, has a tongue several inches longer than its body. With a thrust of this remarkable appendage, it can catch insects some 10 inches away.

Why are phone number seven digits?

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The short-term memory capacity for most people is between five and nine items or digits. This is one reason that phone numbers were kept to seven digits (not including area code).

How many Concordes were there?

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Only sixteen Concordes were ever made, the last in 1980. On New Year's Eve 1994, one Concorde plane carried wealthy revelers on a 32-hour trip to nowhere. These travelers, who paid $23,000 apiece for the trip, rang in the New Year twice because they twice crossed the International Date Line.

What taboo subject did Helen write about?

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After Helen Keller graduated magna cum laude from Radcliffe College in 1904, she began writing about blindness, a subject taboo in women's magazines because so many cases were related to venereal disease.

What did Amtrak have against Jay?

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In October, 1994, Amtrak railways cancelled $2 million in advertising with "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" to retaliate against the frequent jokes Leno told on the show about the railway. Amtrak had complained several times, demanding that the wisecracks be stopped. Leno continued to take potshots, prompting Amtrak's cancellation.

When was the hypodermic invented?

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The hypodermic needle was invented in 1853. It was initially used for giving injections of morphine as a painkiller. Physicians mistakenly believed that morphine would not be addictive if it by-passed the digestive tract.

How many people does it take to set up the circus?

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175 people are needed to assemble the approximate 500 tons of equipment for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus -- the "Biggest Show on Earth."

How did Priscilla lay down the law?

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In her 1985 autobiography, "Elvis and Me," Priscilla Presley recalled the lack of dining etiquette of Elvis's buddies when she was the teenage bride of "The King": "Elvis's father, Vernon, resented the regulars acting as if Graceland was their personal club. They'd go into the kitchen at any hour and order anything they wanted. Naturally, ...Read more

Where was America's first macaroni factory?

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The first macaroni factory in the United States was established in 1848. It was started by Antoine Zegera in Brooklyn, New York.

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