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    Fast Facts: April 16

    • The Phillips-head screwdriver was invented in Oregon.

    •  “”The 3 R’s”” (which stand for reading, writing and arithmetic) was a phrase created by Sir William Curtis, who was illiterate.

    • The phrase “”rule of thumb”” was derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn’t beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.

    • The placement of a donkey’s eyes in its’ heads enables it to see all four feet at all times.

    • The province of Alberta in Canada has been completely free of rats since 1905.

    • The screwdriver was invented before the screw.

    • The ‘Screwdriver’ was invented by oilmen, who used the tool to stir the beverage of the same name.

    • The slogan on New Hampshire license plates is “”Live Free or Die.”” These license plates are manufactured by prisoners in the state prison in Concord.

    • The term “”Devil’s advocate”” comes from the Roman Catholic church. When deciding if someone should be sainted, a Devil’s advocate is always appointed to give an alternative view.

    • The term “”Mayday”” is used for signaling for help. It comes from the French term “”M’aidez”” which is pronounced “”May Day”” and means, “”Help Me.””

    • The turkey was wrongly named after what was thought to be its country of origin.

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