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  • The term “”strike”” originated in 1768 when British sailors refused to work and showed this by “”striking,”” or lowering, the sails on their ship.
  • Armadillos can be housebroken.
  • When the walkie-talkie was first introduced commercially, in 1934, it was described as a “”portable super-regenerative receiver and transmitter.””
  • A rat can survive longer without water than a camel.
  • The brachiosaurus had a heart the size of a pickup truck.
  • The antibiotic nystatin, which is used chiefly to treat fungal infections like thrush, is named after New York state, where it was developed.
  • The only Dutch word to contain eight consecutive consonants is angstschreeuw, meaning “”cry of fear.””
  • Three times as many reported shark attacks have occurred on the Pacific coast of North America than anywhere else in the world.
  • Contrary to popular belief, the day after Thanksgiving is not the biggest shopping day of the year. Typically, it’s the last Saturday before Christmas.
  • “”Optical yellow”” became the preferred color for tennis balls only after the game was regularly televised, because it showed up better on-camera.
  • Since it was discovered in 1930, Pluto has moved less than one-third of the way around the Sun in its estimated 248-year orbit.
  • Honolulu is closer to the equator than any other U.S. state capital.
  • A church council in the 12th century declared: “”A Christian man is bound to chastise his wife moderately.””
  • The film “”The Ten Commandments,”” in which Charlton Heston plays Moses, was the biggest movie box office earner of the 1950s.
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