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Vienna Romance

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The world's oldest zoo is the Tiergarten Schoenbrunn in Vienna, Austria. Built in 1752 as a private menagerie for the Habsburg emperor Franz Stefan and his wife, the empress Maria Theresia, its animal enclosures were arranged in a circle around a central pavilion where the imperial couple liked to have their breakfast. The emperor and empress ...Read more

How big is that Thanksgiving tom?

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The average weight of a turkey purchased at Thanksgiving is 15 pounds. The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds, about the size of a large dog. A 15 pound turkey usually has about 70 percent white meat and 30 percent dark meat.

How did the Adam's apple get its name?

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The Adam's apple gets its name from the Biblical story of Adam and Eve. According to legend, a piece of the apple that Adam ate became lodged in his throat. From then on, all of Adam's male descendents had the lump as a symbol of their shame.

Who's the world's most famous wizard?

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With apologies to Ms. Rowling's young magic user, it's the wizard Merlin, advisor to King Arthur, who's arguably the most famous wizard of all. The modern interpretation was galvanized by T.H. White's story of "The Sword in the Stone" written in 1938. Later in 1963, Walt Disney transformed the tale into an animated feature by the same name. In ...Read more

Distinctive Oscars

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Emma Thompson is the only person to have won Academy Awards for acting and writing. She won a best actress Oscar for her role in "Howard's End" and an Oscar for best screenplay based on a previously published work for her adaptation of Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility."

What architectural feature made Howard Johnson's ...Read more

How lucky was that sailor at craps?

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In 1950, at the Las Vegas Desert Inn, an anonymous sailor made 27 straight passes (wins) with the dice at craps. The odds against such a feat are 12,467,890 to 1. The dice today are enshrined in the hotel on a velvet pillow under glass.

How much paper do we use?

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In 1995, each American used an annual average of 731 pounds of paper, more than double the amount used in the 1980s. Contrary to predictions that computers would displace paper, consumption is growing.

Are there products to fight poliosis?

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Poliosis is the graying of the hair. It comes from polios, the Greek word for "gray."

Tennis Shoes

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Adidas Stan Smith model tennis shoes were originally made, and named for, French tennis star Robert Haillet. Then Haillet retired from tennis and Adidas wanted to break into the American market, so the company signed an endorsement deal with American champ Stan Smith, the No. 1 men's singles player in the early 1970s. At first the shoes carried ...Read more

What are the Three Laws of Robotics?

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In science fiction, the Three Laws of Robotics are a set of three rules written by Isaac Asimov, which most robots appearing in his fiction must obey. Introduced in his 1942 short story "Runaround", the Laws state the following:

1. A robot may not harm a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2. A robot ...Read more

How large is a Clydesdale's horseshoe?

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A horseshoe for a full-grown Clydesdale measures more that 22 inches from end to end and weighs about five pounds. It is more than two times as long and four times as heavy as a shoe worn by a riding horse.

Where does the sun rise first?

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According to the U.S. Naval Observatory, the first populated land where the Sun will rise on a new day is at Kahuitara Point (44 16' S 176 9' W) on Pitt Island in the Chatham Islands, a dependency of New Zealand.

Whale Musk

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Sperm whales eat squid and cuttlefish, whose hard body parts irritate the whales' stomachs. For protection, the whales produce a waxy substance called ambergris that coats their stomachs and helps them digest their food. Eventually, the whales poop the ambergris into the ocean, where it might be harvested as an ingredient for making fine perfume...Read more

How long have people been wearing Birkenstock's footwear?

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The brand has a long history tracing its roots back to 1774 and a German cobbler named Johann Birkenstock. But it was over a hundred years later that his grandson really started the current company. In 1897, Konrad Birkenstock designed the first shoe with a contoured insole.

How many names did the Greeks have for Mercury?

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Mercury has been known since about the third millennium B.C. The planet was given two names by the Greeks: Apollo, for its apparition as a morning star, and Hermes as an evening star. Greek astronomers knew, however, that the two names referred to the same body.

Why can't you gamble in Boulder City?

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The State of Nevada first legalized gambling in 1931. At that same time, the Hoover Dam was being built and the federal government did not want its workers (who earned 50 cents an hour) to be involved with such diversions, so they built the town of Boulder City to house the dam workers. To this day, Boulder City is the only city in Nevada where ...Read more

Can you be naked but not nude?

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The words "naked" and "nude" are not the same. Naked implies unprotected. Nude means unclothed.

Emergency Ambulances

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Dominique-Jean Larrey, Napoleon's personal surgeon, developed the first horse-drawn ambulances, to carry wounded soldiers from the battlefield to mobile hospitals for treatment. Able to carry two patients at a time, the ambulances were fitted with horsehair mattresses and designed with suspension to ease the ride over rough terrain. When ...Read more

What was Mr. DeMille's secret?

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Director and screenwriter Cecil B. DeMille was one of the first film pioneers who quickly realized that how a movie looked could be a powerful magnet to draw larger audiences into theatres. He capitalized on audiences' thirst for extravagance and luxury, as evidenced in his The King of Kings, The Ten Commandments, Samson and Delilah, and The ...Read more

How are California's and Florida's oranges different?

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Because of its hot, damp climate, Florida produces thin-skinned juicy fruits; California's drier climate, by contrast, produces thick-skinned, sweet "eating" oranges.

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