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    • A fetus in the womb can hear. Tests have shown that fetuses respond to various sounds just as vigorously as they respond to pressures and internal sensations.
  • Midgets and dwarfs almost always have normal-sized children, even if both parents are midgets or dwarfs.
  • Twins are born less frequently in the Eastern hemisphere than in the West.
  • An eagle can attack, kill, and carry away an animal as large as a young deer. The harpy eagle of South America feeds on monkeys.
  • The optimum depth of birdbath water, according to the Audubon Society of America, is 2 1/2 inches. Less water makes it difficult for birds to take a bath; more makes them afraid.
  • A sneeze can travel as fast as 100 mph.
  • Blue eyes are the most sensitive to light, dark brown the least sensitive.
  • The human tongue tastes bitter things with the taste buds toward the back. Salty and pungent flavors are tasted in the middle of the tongue, sweet flavors at the tip.
  • A skin graft can be taken only from the skin of one’s own body or from the body of an identical twin.
  • The older a person gets, the less sleep he requires. A child should get from 8 to 9 hours a night. An elderly adult can do well with 4 to 6 hours.
  • The liver is a gland, not an organ.
  • Tongue prints are as unique as fingerprints.
  • There is a 6-foot-high stone monument dedicated to the comic-strip character Popeye in Crystal City, Texas.
  • When using the first pay telephones (installed in an office building in New Haven, Conn., in June 1880) a caller did not deposit his coins into the machine. He gave them to an attendant who stood next to the telephone. Coin-operated telephones did not appear until 1899.
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