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    Fast Facts

    • Shakespeare spelled his own name several different ways.
  • Ham radio operators coined the word ham from the expression “”ham-fisted operators,”” used to describe early radio users who sent Morse code by pounding their fists.
  • The ball on top of a flagpole is called a truck.
  • In 1778, fashionable women of Paris never went out in blustery weather without a lightning rod attached to their hats.
  • How valuable is the penny you found lying on the ground? If it takes just a second to pick it up, a person could make $36 per hour just picking up pennies.
  • According to author Douglas Adams, a salween is the faint taste of dishwashing liquid in a cup of fresh tea.
  • More than 26 dialects of Quichua are spoken in Ecuador.
  • The correct response to the Irish greeting “”Top of the morning to you”” is, “”And the rest of the day to yourself.””
  • A horologist measures time.
  • Mozart wrote the nursery rhyme “”Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star”” at the age of 5.
  • “”Gone With the Wind”” is the only Civil War epic ever filmed without a single battle scene.
  • American explorer Richard Byrd once spent five months alone in Antarctica.
  • The shortest British monarch was Charles I, who was 4-foot-9.
  • At 12 years old, an African man named Ernest Loftus made his first entry in his diary and continued every day for 91 years.
  • Louisa May Alcott, author of the classic “”Little Women,”” hated children. She only wrote the book because her publisher asked her to.
  • Mozart’s real name was Jahannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart.
  • The average banana weighs 126 grams.
  • Benjamin Franklin was the first head of the United States Post Office.
  • In Ivrea, Italy, thousands of citizens celebrate the beginning of Lent by throwing oranges at one another.
  • Only three world capitals begin with letter “”O”” in the English language: Ottawa, Canada; Oslo, Norway; and Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
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