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  • The first U.S. phone book was issued in 1878 in New Haven, Conn. It contained 50 names.
  • Actress Swoosie Kurtz got her unusual first name from the type of plane her father piloted during World War II.
  • The odds against a professional golf player scoring a hole-in-one are 15,000 to one.
  • Connecticut’s state song is “”Yankee Doodle.””
  • An elephant can smell water three miles away.
  • In New Guinea, more than 700 different native languages are spoken – a third of the world’s known languages.
  • The holy cities of Islam are Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem.
  • The Irish baron of Kinsale has the privilege of retaining his hat in the presence of royalty.
  • Helen of Troy was Queen of Sparta.
  • The word “”robot”” comes from the Czechoslovakian word robotovat, which means “”to work very hard.”” It was created by Karel Capek.
  • Dr. Seuss wrote a few books under the name Theo. LeSieg – a variation of his real name, Theodore Geisel.
  • Rush Limbaugh and Howard Stern have the same birthday: Jan. 12.
  • About half of all sandwiches Americans consume are eaten at lunchtime.
  • The name Santa Claus is not mentioned anywhere in the poem “”‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.””
  • Labor Day was first celebrated in 1894.
  • The song “”You’re a Grand Old Flag”” was originally entitled “”You’re a Grand Old Rag.””
  • Maine is the only state with a one-syllable name.
  • The last historical event mentioned in Billy Joel’s “”We Didn’t Start the Fire”” is the “”Cola Wars”” – the ongoing rivalry between Coca-Cola and Pepsi-Cola.
  • The three Andrews Sisters were Patty, Maxene and LaVerne.
  • The pogo stick was invented by George Hansburg in 1919.
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