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    • The Japanese national anthem has the oldest lyrics, which are from the ninth century, but the music itself dates to 1880.
  • The ostrich has only two toes, unlike most birds, which have three or four.
  • In a tradition dating back to the beginning of the Westminster system of government, the bench in the middle of a Westminster parliament is 2 1/2 sword lengths long. This was so the government and opposition couldn’t have a go at each other if it got a bit heated.
  • In Alaska, it is illegal to shoot at a moose from the window of an airplane or other flying vehicle.
  • The Bible has been translated into Klingon.
  • William Pitt, elected in 1783, was England’s youngest prime minister at the age of only 24.
  • World champion chess player Reuben Fine helped the United States calculate where enemy submarines might surface based on positional probability.
  • In 1801, 20 percent of the people in the United States were slaves.
  • The kiwi, national bird of New Zealand, can’t fly. It lives in a hole in the ground, is almost blind and lays only one egg each year. Despite this, it has survived for more than 70 million years.
  • Buzz Aldrin was the first man to pee his pants on the moon.
  • In Washington, D.C., no building can be built taller than the Washington Monument.
  • When a coffee seed is planted, it takes five years to yield consumable fruit.
  • More than 200 varieties of watermelon are grown in the United States.
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