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  • The largest landlocked country in the world is Mongolia.
  • Forty people every minute are sent to the hospital for dog bites in the United States.
  • The permanent teeth that erupt to replace the baby teeth are called succedaneous teeth.
  • Winston Churchill once said of death: “”I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.””
  • The highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point in Colorado.
  • The English syllable -ough can be pronounced nine different ways. One sentence that contains them all is: “”A roughcoated, dough-faced thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough and after falling into his slough he coughed and hiccoughed.””
  • In ancient Greece, writing had no space between the words.
  • A narcotic liquid was once found in the center portion of heads of lettuce, a natural occurrence that was bred out of the vegetable over several decades.
  • As a child, Queen Victoria had a sprig of holly placed below her collar to remind her to keep her chin up.
  • When Jules Verne first serialized his novel “”Around the World in Eighty Days,”” there were people who believed the race in the book was really happening and placed bets on it.
  • If you stand with your eyes about 6 feet above the surface of the ocean, the horizon will be about three miles away.
  • Nearly 80 percent of the surface area of the Sahara Desert isn’t sand but exposed rock.
  • There are only three types of snake on the island of Tasmania, and all are deadly poisonous.
  • The only U.S. survivor of the Battle of Little Bighorn was an Army horse named Comanche.
  • Hard hats were invented in 1919.
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