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  • The Charleston was unique because it allowed people to dance solo or as a couple.
  • The Sahara Desert covers a land mass almost the size of the United States.
  • The Goodyear logo, the feathered foot, is known as the “”wingfoot.””
  • The horse Sherman Potter rode in “”M*A*S*H”” went by the name of Sophie.
  • Haleyville, Ala., is the location of the world’s first 911 call.
  • Hot Wheels sold more cars than Ford, Chrysler and GM combined in 1998.
  • Mary Shelley wrote “”Frankenstein”” when she was 19 years old.
  • Viagra was originally intended to be a heart medicine. The “”side effect”” wasn’t known until it came out that the male test subjects wouldn’t return unused pills.
  • The goldfish Bert owned on “”Sesame Street”” were named Lyle and Talbot, after actor Lyle Talbot.
  • Oprah was supposed to be named “”Orpah,”” the biblical name from the Book of Ruth, but the midwife misspelled the name on the birth certificate.
  • In 1978 Emilio Palma was born at a research base in Antarctica. This made him the person born further south than anyone else.
  • USA Today is the largest circulating newspaper in the country. It is published in McLean, Va.
  • The inventor of the stapler, Benjamin Hotchkiss, is also the inventor of the modern machine gun. Some countries call the stapler the “”Hotchkiss.””
  • The chameleon can stick out its tongue further than the length of its entire body. In fact it can be up to one and a half times the length.
  • Volney is the name of the lion in the MGM logo.
  • Soap was available to British citizens in the 18th and 19th centuries, but it was so heavily taxed that only the rich could afford it.
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