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  • Holding your breath is a good way to get rid of hiccups.
  • It was critic and poet Dorothy Parker who wrote, “”Men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses.””
  • Eight of America’s presidents were born British subjects.
  • The underside of a horse’s hoof is called a “”frog.”” The frog peels off several times a year to be replaced by a new growth.
  • Oscar Wilde lived out the last three years of his life in France as Sebastian Melmoth.
  • The political divisions of Japan are called “”prefectures,”” while those of Switzerland are called “”cantons.””
  • The longest highway in America is Route 6, which starts at Cape Cod in Massachusetts and goes through 14 states before ending in Bishop, Calif.
  • The average person over 50 will have spent a year looking for lost or mislaid items.
  • Lord Hugh Cecil believed that “”the two dangers which beset the Church of England are good music and bad preaching.””
  • William Wrigley gave away free packs of chewing gum to customers who bought his baking powder. He soon abandoned the baking powder when he discovered they were buying it to get his gum.
  • Joseph Stalin’s left arm was noticeably shorter than his right.
  • In Hong Kong, soy milk is as popular as Coca-Cola is in the West.
  • Humans are the only primates without pigment in the palms of their hands.
  • The so-called “”wild”” horses of North America are actually feral animals – free-living descendants of domestic horses that escaped or were turned loose.
  • The longest known record for constipation is 102 days.
  • In the Batman stories, the Riddler’s real name was Edward Nigma, or “”E. Nigma.””
  • In a lifetime, the average person spends three years on the telephone.
  • The children’s poem “”The Pied Piper of Hamlyn”” was written by Robert Browning.
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