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Is anitipasto the antithesis of pasta?

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

When was the last invention invented?

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In 1875, the director of the United States Patent Office sent his resignation and advised that his department be closed. There was nothing left to invent, he claimed.

How does a bird chew without teeth?

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A bird "chews" with its stomach. Since most birds do not have teeth, a bird routinely swallows small pebbles and gravel. These grits become vigorously agitated in the bird's stomach and serve to grind food as it passes through the digestive system.

How much did the first ballpoint pen cost?

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The first ballpoint pens sold in 1945 were priced at $12.00 apiece.

Why can't an Orca sleep?

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Orca whales are voluntary breathers. For this reason, they sleep with only half of their brain at one time. The other half remains alert to regulate breathing. Resident whales typically remain near the surface, breathing and swimming in a pattern. When traveling together, resident pods have been observed to breathe in unison. Although it is not ...Read more

When was absinthe most popular?

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Absinthe originated in Switzerland as an elixir, but is better known for its popularity in late 19th- and early 20th-century France, particularly among Parisian artists and writers whose romantic associations with the drink still linger in popular culture. In its heyday, the most popular brand of

How well can a starfish regenerate?

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A species of starfish known as the Linckia columbiae can reproduce its entire body — that is, grow back completely — from a single severed pieces less than a half-inch long.

What were Joel's last words?

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On his deathbed, writer Joel Chandler Harris (1856-1931), creator of the "Uncle Remus" stories, was asked whether he was feeling better. His last words were, "I am about the extent of a tenth of a gnat's eyebrow better."

How has the term 'preppie' evolved over the years?

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In recent years, young people have begun to use the term "preppy" as slang to describe those who appear clean-cut or strive to seem better off financially than others in a middle class environment. In most regions, especially amongst young people, this usage has virtually replaced the traditional

What makes Fort Atkinson unique?

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The town of Fort Atkinson, Iowa was the site of the only fort ever built by the U.S. government to protect one Indian tribe from another.

Are our teens using appropriate protection?

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Each year, more than 300,000 American teenagers become afflicted with some form of venereal disease.

What became of Mr. Wynne's 'word-cross' puzzle?

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The first known published crossword puzzle was created by a journalist named Arthur Wynne from Liverpool, and he is usually credited as the inventor of the popular word game. December 21, 1913 was the date and the 'word-cross' appeared in a Sunday newspaper, the New York World. Wynne's puzzle differed from today's crosswords in that it was ...Read more

How are ants like people?

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Ants stretch when they wake up. They also appear to yawn in a very human manner before taking up the tasks of the day.

Which is the world's largest state?

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Arguably the largest state in the world, Western Australia covers one-third of the Australian continent. It spans over 2.5 million square kilometers (1 million square miles).

What was Lafayette's full name?

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Lafayette was a major general in the United States at the age of 19. Lafayette's whole name takes up an entire line on a page: Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette.

Which part of the turkey is best?

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The rich flavor of dark turkey meat is especially valued in soup and stew recipes. Dark meat holds up better than white meat in rich marinades.

Where is the Tower of Terror?

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The Tower of Terror climbs ominously into the skies of the Walt Disney World Resort, the tallest structure on property. Nearly 13 stories tall, the ride drops its occupants for a free-fall that lasts 1.75 seconds - during which the riders go from 0-35 mph in 1.0 second. In fact, the ride vehicle is not just released for its fall...to heighten ...Read more

Where did Brock rest?

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Sir Isaac Brock, the hero of the War of 1812, was buried four separate times. He was first buried in a fort, then in the old Brock monument, then in a temporary grave after that monument was damaged in an explosion, and finally laid to rest under the current Brock Monument.

How high can a cat jump under its own power?

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Some cats can jump up to five times their own height in just one leap. So make sure fragile breakables are stored out of harm's way: opt for china cabinets with closing doors or enclosed display cases to protect heirlooms and collectables from an acrobatic cat.

What happened when Mrs. New Jersey won?

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When Mrs. New Jersey heard her name announced as Mrs. America 1952, she passed out cold on-stage. It took panicked pageant officials several minutes to revive her.

 

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