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  • A lion’s roar can be heard from five miles away.
  • Twenty-eight percent of Africa is wilderness.
  • The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
  • There are only four words in the English language that end in “”-dous”” : tremendous, horrendous, stupendous and hazardous.
  • Ninety percent of all volcanic activity on Earth occurs in the oceans.
  • Author Gore Vidal is a distant cousin of Al Gore.
  • Antarctica has as much ice as the Atlantic Ocean has water.
  • It is illegal in Alaska to give a moose an alcoholic drink.
  • Tasmania has the cleanest air in the inhabited world.
  • It’s difficult for a giraffe to lower its head to drink from a river or lake, so it gets much of its needed moisture from eating tree leaves.
  • Cleopatra believed that eating pickles enhanced her beauty.
  • The largest hurricane known to man isn’t on Earth; it’s Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, a huge storm three times Earth’s size that has been raging on the planet’s surface for centuries.
  • A mountain’s temperature drops 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit for every 500 feet up.
  • The phrase “”the real McCoy”” was originated by a 19th-century advertisement for a McCoy sewing machine.
  • Antarctica is the only continent where a tornado has never been recorded.
  • The Japanese word judo means “”the gentle way.””
  • When he died in 1982, “”Dragnet”” star Jack Webb became the first civilian in Los Angeles to be buried with full police honors. His badge number, 714, was also retired.
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