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    • Alexander the Great was an epileptic. He was tutored by Aristotle.
  • The Sanskrit word for war means “”desire for more cows.””
  • Almost 425,000 hot dogs and buns and 160,000 hamburgers and cheeseburgers were served at Woodstock ’99.
  • The ridges on the sides of coins are called reeding or milling. A dime has 118 ridges around the edge. A quarter has 119 ridges.
  • The average lead pencil can draw a line 35 miles long or write approximately 50,000 English words.
  • The hummingbird is the only bird that can fly backward.
  • A donkey will sink in quicksand, but a mule won’t.
  • Ancient Sybarites taught their horses to dance to music to make their parades more glamorous.
  • Ten percent of frequent fliers say they never check their luggage when flying.
  • Diamonds are composed of just one chemical element, carbon. The color of diamond dust is black. According to the Gemological Institute of America, up until 1896, India was the only source of diamonds in the world.
  • The Boeing 737 jet is nicknamed “”Fat Albert.””
  • The first atomic bomb dropped on Japan fell from the Enola Gay, named after the unit commander’s mother. The second was dropped from a plane known as Bock’s Car.
  • The Red Baron’s real name was Manfred Von Richtofen.
  • It’s against the law to ride down the streets of Brewton, Ala., in a motorboat.
  • China produces 278,564,356,980 eggs per year.
  • Yogurt intake among North Americans has quadrupled in the past 20 years.
  • A castrated rooster is called a capon.
  • People in Iceland read more books per capita than any other people in the world.
  • Approximately 97 percent of all statistics are made up.
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