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  • So far, man has survived on Earth for two million years. The dinosaurs lasted 150 million years.
  • Nell Gwynne always referred to her lover, King Charles II, as “”Charles the third.”” Her two previous lovers had also been called Charles.
  • In artist Emanuel Leutze’s famous 1851 painting “”Washington Cross the Delaware,”” Leutze used the Rhine in his native Germany as his model.
  • The highest wave ever recorded was 112 feet high and seen in the North Pacific in 1933.
  • New York and Connecticut once banned nine-pin bowling. But because the ban did not apply to bowling in general, a 10th pin was added to get around the law.
  • The world’s first popular elected female head of state was Sirimauo Bandranaike of Sri Lanka, in 1960.
  • A fully mature oak tree sheds about 700,000 leaves every year.
  • The town of Tidikelt, in the Sahara Desert, went 10 years without rainfall.
  • The International Skating Union recognizes 48 different types of figure-eights.
  • Whenever he’s in town and available, Woody Allen plays clarinet with a jazz band every Monday evening at The Carlyle (formerly Michael’s Pub) on Madison Avenue in New York.
  • Dried-out sharkskin is so rough that it was once commonly used as sandpaper.
  • The Apple I computer system was introduced in 1976 for the devilish price of $666.
  • The two top-selling item categories in a typical grocery store are carbonated drinks and milk.
  • Unless worn down by chewing, a rodent’s teeth will grow continuously, rendering the animal unable to eat.
  • Maple trees in Europe can’t be tapped for sap; the colder weather there prevents the sap from forming properly.
  • The tie-dye process popularized in the 1960s was originally devised in ancient China.
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