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.
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In 1944, Major Clark Gable's army discharge papers were signed by president-to-be Ronald Reagan, then a captain.
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Every night, wasps bite into the stem of a plants, lock their mandibles into position, stretch out at right angles to the stem and, with legs dangling, fall asleep.
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"Turnip" used to be a U.S. slang expression for a pocket watch.