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    The part of the brain that controls facial muscles is larger than the part that controls our arms and legs.

    Demi Moore was born with crossed eyes, an affliction corrected in her youth thanks to two surgical procedures.

    While the gasoline substitute known as “”ethanol”” is made from corn in the United States, it is made from sugar cane in Brazil.

    The Grand Ole Opry has been going strong since 1925, making it the longest-running live radio show in American History.

    Despite the length of its neck, a giraffe has only seven neck vertebrae, the same as humans and most other mammals.

    Because of the power required of the heart to pump blood up its long body, the giraffe has the highest blood pressure of any mammal.

    While some spend hundreds to maintain their dreadlocks, the hair of African natives naturally grows in that style if left unattended.

    Miniature horses can be trained as guide animals for the blind. They’re particularly useful for sight-impaired persons who are allergic to (or afraid of) dogs.

    Donald Duck comics were banned in Finland because he doesn’t wear pants.

    The letter J does not appear anywhere on the periodic table.

    The oldest word in the English language is town.

    Pluto is not named after Mickey Mouse’s dog, but for the Roman god of the underworld.

    George Herman Ruth, also known as Babe Ruth, was a notorious truant, running the streets and committing petty crimes. By age seven, he was drinking and chewing tobacco.

    Dubbed “”the Greatest,”” Muhammad Ali changed his name from Cassius Marcellus Clay to renounce his “”slave name”” and joined the nationalist religious organization, the Nation of Islam.

    History’s most deadly earthquake occured in Shaanxi, China. In 1556, some 830,000 people died. In 1976, another quake killed 255,000 in Tangshan, China.

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