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  • According to legend, Dolly Parton’s parents were so poor that they paid the doctor who delivered her in cornmeal instead of cash.
  • Oreo wasn’t the first cream-filled chocolate cookie; the very similar Hydrox brand beat the Oreo to the punch by two years.
  • While people blind in one eye suffer from a complete lack of depth perception, they only lose about one-fifth of their total range of vision.
  • While you can’t get lead poisoning from pencils because they’re made of graphite, graphite dust can lead to diseases of the lungs.
  • Reykjavik, Iceland, is located farther north than any other national capital on Earth.
  • Alexandre Dumas named his palatial home in Paris “”Monte Cristo,”” after his famous novel “”The Count of Monte Cristo.””
  • When you hit a tennis ball, it spends just four-thousandths of a second in contact with the racquet.
  • Catgut, used in stringing tennis racquets, comes from the intestines of sheep, horses, and several other animals – but definitely not the cat. The word was probably shortened from the original “”cattlegut.””
  • Fingernails grow nearly four times faster than toenails.
  • Rita Hayworth’s real name was Margarita Cansino.
  • When a roadrunner is content, it purrs.
  • A 3-foot jump on Earth would carry you 18 feet, 9 inches on the moon.
  • The potato chips Americans eat each year in total weigh six times as much as the Titanic.
  • Australia’s mallee bird can tell temperature with its tongue, accurate to within two degrees.
  • Thomas Jefferson never said “”That government is best which governs least.”” That was actually said by Thomas Paine.
  • Facts courtesy of “”The Big Book of Useless Information”” and “”The Pocket Idiot’s Guide: Not So Useless Information””

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