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    • The ancient Greeks were the first to use bed springs. They fashioned them out of braided leather thongs and hung them between opposite sides of the bed.
  • In the early 15th century, scholars in China compiled an encyclopedia comprising 11,095 volumes.
  • During pregnancy, the uterus expands to 500 times its normal size.
  • The average woman’s thighs are 1 1/2 inches larger in circumference than the average man’s.
  • The month of July is named after Julius Caesar. The month of August is named after Augustus Caesar.
  • The famous goldfish-swallowing fad was started at Harvard University in 1938 by a student who downed a fish on a lark, and was then challenged to perform the same feat in public. Hundreds of students witnessed the performance, and the fad caught on. The first goldfish-swallowing record was set the following year by a student from Middlesex College, who downed 67 live goldfish. In 1967, the fad was revived just long enough for a St. Joseph’s College undergrad to consume 199 hapless fish.
  • When Harvard College was founded in 1636, it was surrounded by a tall stockade to keep out prowling wolves and hostile Indians.
  • In Wilton, Maine, there is a cannery that imports and cans only dandelion greens.
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