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  • School buses are commonly painted a shade called National School Bus Chrome Yellow, and may be white on top to help reflect sunlight and thus keep the vehicle cooler inside.
  • In the Spice Girls’ 1997 movie “”Spice World,”” the quintet’s bus driver was portrayed by platinum-selling singer Meat Loaf.
  • It’s no accident that Fido became a generic name for a dog; it’s based on the Latin for “”I am faithful.””
  • Time’s first “”Woman of the Year”” was Wallis Simpson, an American divorcée who wed Britain’s King Edward VIII, who abdicated the throne for her.
  • According to a 2003 study, men who regularly eat hot whole-grain cereals like oatmeal lower their risk of cardiovascular disease by 17 percent.
  • What were called “”soup-ups”” in the 1930s got a new name in the 1940s: hot rods.
  • Elwood Edwards’ voice is heard more than 50 million times on an average day. He’s the man behind the “”You’ve got mail!”” voice on America Online.
  • Bowling was originally known in Germany as Heidenwerfen, which means “”strike down the heathens.””
  • A broken clock is right at least once a day, but a working clock that loses one minute every day is accurate only once every two years.
  • Keith Moon of The Who inspired the Muppet drummer Animal.
  • King Charles II’s coronation was delayed because there was no regalia. Oliver Cromwell had sold it all and it had to be replaced.
  • The colors blue, red, yellow, black and green were chosen for the Olympic rings because at least one of them appears on the flag of every nation in the world.
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