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Can you really get cooties?

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There really are such thing as "cooties." Though most people believe that "cooties" is just a nonsense word used by children to describe unpleasant insects, cooties are in fact a kind of body lice.

Is an undertakers job easier today?

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Undertakers report that human bodies do not deteriorate as quickly as they used to. The reason, they believe, is that the modern diet contains so many preservatives that these chemicals tend to prevent the body from decomposition too rapidly after death.

Is anitipasto the antithesis of pasta?

Knowledge / Daily Trivia /

Although many food writers have translated the Italian "antipasto" as "before the pasta," its literal meaning is "before the meal."

Was television bad for popcorn?

Knowledge / Daily Trivia /

Popcorn purchases went into a slump during the early 1950s, when television became popular. Attendance at movie theaters dropped and, with it, popcorn consumption. When the public eventually began eating popcorn at home, the new relationship between television and popcorn led to a popularity resurge.

How was Bill a first?

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Bill Cosby became the first black leading actor in a TV drama series when he starred opposite Robert Culp on I Spy. He won three Best Actor in a Drama Series Emmys for his role as Alexander "Scotty" Scott.

Can a diamond be manufactured that is indistinguishable from the real thing?

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The short answer; yes. Since gemological and industrial uses of diamond have created a large demand some of it is met by synthetics, man-made diamonds which have similar properties to natural diamonds. This process has historically produced industrial-grade diamonds, but producers have recently begun to produce diamonds with high enough quality ...Read more

When was Karl supposed to be assassinated?

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Karl Marx was targeted for assassination when he met with two Prussian officers in his house in Cologne in 1848. Marx had friends among the German labor unions, and he was considered a threat to the autocrats. Dressed in his bathrobe, he forced the officers out at the point of a revolver, which, it turned out, was not loaded.

When was the Notre Dame catherdral completed?

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Notre Dame de Paris ranks as one of the greatest achievements of Gothic architecture. The famous cathedral was begun in 1163 and completed around 1345; the massive interior can accommodate over 6,000 worshippers. Its famous gargoyles were added much later.

Are cashews poisonous?

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Cashew nuts are expensive, and never have shells because the shell and skin of the cashew nut contains extremely caustic oil that can painfully blister the skin. This dangerous oil must be completely removed before the nut can be touched or eaten.

How old was the first Miss America?

Knowledge / Daily Trivia /

Margaret Gorman was the first Miss America in 1921. She was 16 years old.

How lazy are sloths?

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Some sloths, opossum, and armadillos spend up to 80 percent of their lives sleeping or dozing.

How long have Birkenstocks been worn in the U.S?

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American Margot Fraser "discovered" Birkenstock sandals while on a holiday in Germany in 1966. She gained relief from a foot condition, and founded a trading company called Birkenstock Footprint Sandals, Inc. in Novato, California, based on her enthusiasm for the sandals. Renamed Birkenstock Distribution USA, Inc. in 2005, it remains the ...Read more

How long is China's Great Wall?

Knowledge / Daily Trivia /

If you walked the entire length of the China's Great Wall, you would be walking farther than the distance between New York City and Miami, Florida. The wall stretches for over 1,500 miles. The driving distance between New York and Miami is just over 1,250 miles – provided you don't get lost.

What unique item did George have installed at Mt. Vernon?

Knowledge / Daily Trivia /

George Washington had two ice cream freezers installed at his home in Mount Vernon.

How much coffee do we drink?

Knowledge / Daily Trivia /

Americans consume about 138 billion cups of coffee a year.

How fast do kittens move?

Knowledge / Daily Trivia /

Kittens can clock an amazing 31 mph at full speed and cover about 3 times their body length per leap.

Do we sing happy birthday or good morning?

Knowledge / Daily Trivia /

Sunday school teachers Patty and Mildred Hill wrote a song in the 1890s that we still sing today. Happy Birthday to You was a rewrite of their earlier song, Good Morning to All.

Are there more chickens than people?

Knowledge / Daily Trivia /

The world chicken population is more than double the human population, while the world cattle population outnumbers the population of China.

What were brass instruments made of in the past?

Knowledge / Daily Trivia /

The brass family of instruments include the trumpet, trombone, tuba, cornet, flügelhorn, French horn, saxhorn, and sousaphone. While they are usually made of brass today, in the past they were made of wood, horn, and glass.

Should you refrain from winking in Oz?

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Winking at women, even to express friendship, is considered bad manners in Australia.

 

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