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Why do prairie dogs kiss?

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Expressing recognition rather than love, Utah prairie dogs exchange "kisses." By the touching of incisor teeth, they quickly confirm the identity of group members.

How large was 'The Boston Nation?'

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"The Boston Nation," a newspaper published in Ohio during the mid-nineteenth century, had pages seven and a half feet long and five and a half feet wide. It required two people to hold the paper in proper reading position.

How small is the Muddy post office?

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In Muddy, Illinois, the post office measures only 7½ by 10½ feet, about the size of a garden shed. If it wasn't for a sign hanging above the door stating, "U.S. Post Office, Muddy, IL., 62965," finding the tiny, wooden building could be difficult. It is believed to be one of the smallest post offices in the United States.

What was the result of Jerry's fall?

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After a tragic fall on "The Andy Williams Show" in 1965, comedian Jerry Lewis suffered a skull fracture that led to an addiction to the painkiller Percodan. His surprise reunion with former partner Dean Martin on the 1976 Muscular Dystrophy telethon made entertainment history, but Lewis said he was in such a drug fog, he didn't remember it and ...Read more

Why do prairie dogs kiss?

Knowledge / Daily Trivia /

Expressing recognition rather than love, Utah prairie dogs exchange "kisses." By the touching of incisor teeth, they quickly confirm the identity of group members.

Why does the Christmas shopping season start so early?

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During World War II it was necessary for Americans to mail Christmas gifts early for the troops in Europe to receive them in time. Merchants joined in the effort to remind the public to shop and mail early and the protracted shopping season was born.

How did Whistler's famous painting acquire its name?

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The sensibilities of a Victorian era viewing audience would not accept what was ostensibly a portrait being exhibited as a mere "arrangement"; thus the explanatory title "Portrait of the Artist's Mother" was appended. It was from this that the work acquired its popular name. After Thomas Carlyle viewed the painting, he agreed to sit for a ...Read more

How is Venus special?

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Venus has no magnetic field, perhaps because of its slow rotation. It also has no satellites.

Who was the first woman editor?

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Ann Franklin was the first woman to hold the title of newspaper editor at "The Newport Mercury" in Newport, Rhode Island in 1762.

What was Ben's favorite stroke?

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When Ben Franklin was living in England he used the breast stroke during his regular swims across the Thames River - the same stroke used by Matthew Webb in 1875 when be became the first person to swim the English Channel.

Is there motion picture footage of the Iwo Jima flag raising?

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Bill Genaust, who was standing almost shoulder-to-shoulder with Rosenthal about thirty yards from the flag raising, was shooting motion-picture film during the flag-raising. His film also captures the flag raising at an almost-identical angle to Rosenthal's famous shot.

Which is the world's highest geyser?

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A man-made fountain opposite the Gateway Arch in St. Louis is the world's highest geyser, at 600 feet. The geyser's is powered by three 800 hp pumps and discharges water at up to 200 feet per second. The geyser can keep 1,100 gallons of water, weighing 9,200 pounds, in the air when in operation.

How much can a pelican carry?

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The average capacity of a pelican's pouch is 12 quarts.

Which is the most venomous snake?

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The most venomous of all snakes, known as the Inland Taipan, has enough venom in one bite to kill more than 200,000 mice.

Are other Western Christmas traditions celebrated in Japan?

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Besides exchanging gifts they eat turkey on Christmas Day, and in some places there are even community Christmas trees. They decorate their houses with evergreens and mistletoe, and in some homes Christmas carols are sung gaily.

How is absinthe typically prepared?

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Absinthe is often referred to as la Fee Verte ("The Green Fairy") because of its coloring - typically pale or emerald green, but sometimes clear. Due to its high proof and concentration of oils, absintheurs (absinthe drinkers) typically add three to five parts ice-cold water to a dose of absinthe, which causes the drink to turn cloudy (called "...Read more

Who fills in for Santa in other parts of the world?

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The jolly fellow who gives gifts on Dec. 25th isn't called Santa around the world. The actual gift givers are different in various countries. In England he's Father Christmas. as in France (Pere Noel). In Germany it's the Christkindel, the angelic messenger from Jesus, a beautiful fair haired girl with a shining crown of candles. In Holland it's...Read more

Why is London Bridge in Arizona?

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The famed London Bridge which spanned the River Thames for almost 140 years from the 1830s until 1968, now connects Arizona's Lake Havasu City's mainland and island. The bridge survived a terrorist attack in 1884 and the bombing from the Germans in both World Wars. But it could not withstand the forces of nature, as it was sinking into the ...Read more

Who distributes Christmas gifts in Syria?

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In Syria, Christmas gifts are distributed by one of the Wise Men's camels. The gift-giving camel is said to have been the smallest one in the Wise Men's caravan.

What's a stallion good for once it retires?

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A famous stallion will, on retirement, command an impressive stud fee for servicing approved mares. Specialist stud-farms house one or more stallions, each of which is allowed to service about 40 mares per season.

 

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