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  • Only four U.S. capital cities are named after presidents: Jackson, Miss.; Jefferson City, Mo.; Lincoln, Neb.; and Madison, Wis. Only one state, Washington, is named after a president.
  • Botanists classify tomatoes as berries.
  • Wood from evergreens should never be used in fires used for cooking because the soft wood can give off resins and tars that can burn the food.
  • The first Lionel electric model train set wasn’t crafted as a toy but as a display for a storefront window in New York City.
  • In his role as newsman Lou Grant, actor Ed Asner became the first actor to win two Emmy awards for the same character in two different series (“”The Mary Tyler Moore Show”” and “”Lou Grant””).
  • Only 30 percent of the meat on a typical Thanksgiving turkey is dark.
  • Brassieres were one-size-fits-all until Ida Rosenthal, founder of Maidenform, offered them in a selection of different “”cup”” sizes beginning in 1921.
  • There are more than 100 million light-sensitive cells in each of your retinas.
  • England’s King Henry VI was only 9 months old when he took the throne.
  • After human death, postmortem rigidity begins in the head, travels to the feet and leaves the same way it came-head to toe.
  • If someone was locked in a completely sealed room, he or she would die of carbon dioxide poisoning before oxygen deprivation.
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