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Moses Maimonides, 12th century physician to the Egyptian Khalif, prescribed snow as a cure for the hot Cairo summers.

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Moses Maimonides, 12th century physician to the Egyptian Khalif, prescribed snow as a cure for the hot Cairo summers.


The word 'mouse' can be traced to the Sanskrit word 'musha' which is derived from a word 'to steal.'

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The word 'mouse' can be traced to the Sanskrit word 'musha' which is derived from a word 'to steal.'


The most expensive current-release Australian wine is $2,500 a bottle... and it's not Penfolds Grange. It is Seppelt 100 Year Old Para Liqueur Port. Every year since 1878, Seppelt has put aside a cask of port and, ever since 1978, it has been bottling a 100-year-old, the present one being the 1896. Sepplet is probably the only winery in the world doing this.

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The most expensive current-release Australian wine is $2,500 a bottle... and it's not Penfolds Grange. It is Seppelt 100 Year Old Para Liqueur Port. Every year since 1878, Seppelt has put aside a cask of port and, ever since 1978, it has been bottling a 100-year-old, the present one being the 1896. Sepplet is probably the only winery in the world doing this.


Fine-grained volcanic ash can be found as an ingredient in some toothpaste

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Fine-grained volcanic ash can be found as an ingredient in some toothpaste


The only two days of the year in which there are no professional sports games (MLB, NBA, NHL, or NFL) are the day before and the day after the Major League all-stars Game

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The only two days of the year in which there are no professional sports games (MLB, NBA, NHL, or NFL) are the day before and the day after the Major League all-stars Game


The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket

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The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket


The fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth is called Arachibutyrophobia

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The fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth is called Arachibutyrophobia


Length of time the world's petroleum reserves would last if all human beings ate meat-centred diets: 13 years. Length of time the world's petroleum reserves would last if all human beings are vegetarian diet: 260 years

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Length of time the world's petroleum reserves would last if all human beings ate meat-centred diets: 13 years. Length of time the world's petroleum reserves would last if all human beings are vegetarian diet: 260 years


In 1949, forecasting the relentless march of science, Popular Mechanics said

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In 1949, forecasting the relentless march of science, Popular Mechanics said "Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons."


Annually a thousand people are killed by scorpions in Mexico

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Annually a thousand people are killed by scorpions in Mexico


It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky

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It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky


In the 16th century, King FranĜois of France put printers to the stake when he found text or pictorial contents of their books objectionable.

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In the 16th century, King FranĜois of France put printers to the stake when he found text or pictorial contents of their books objectionable.


An earthquake on Dec. 16, 1811 caused parts of the Mississippi River to flow backwards

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An earthquake on Dec. 16, 1811 caused parts of the Mississippi River to flow backwards


Medical reports show that about 18% of the population are prone to sleepwalking

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Medical reports show that about 18% of the population are prone to sleepwalking


The real name of Toto the dog in

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The real name of Toto the dog in "The Wizard Of Oz" was Terry


Some birds have been know to put ants into their feathers because the ants squirt formic acid, which kills parasites

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Some birds have been know to put ants into their feathers because the ants squirt formic acid, which kills parasites


Fourteenth century physicians didn't know what caused the plague, but they knew it was contagious.  As a result they wore an early kind of bioprotective suit which included a large beaked head piece. The beak of the head piece, which made them look like large birds, was filled with vinegar, sweet oils and other strong smelling compounds to counteract the stench of the dead and dying plague victims.

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Fourteenth century physicians didn't know what caused the plague, but they knew it was contagious. As a result they wore an early kind of bioprotective suit which included a large beaked head piece. The beak of the head piece, which made them look like large birds, was filled with vinegar, sweet oils and other strong smelling compounds to counteract the stench of the dead and dying plague victims.


Missouri has been to most NCAA tournaments than any other college without reaching the final four

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Missouri has been to most NCAA tournaments than any other college without reaching the final four


53,312 immate lawsuits were filed nationwide in 1994.

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53,312 immate lawsuits were filed nationwide in 1994.


The tallest freestanding sculpture in the world is Chief Crazy Horse in South Dakota, USA

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The tallest freestanding sculpture in the world is Chief Crazy Horse in South Dakota, USA


90% of New York City cabbies are recently arrived immigrants.

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90% of New York City cabbies are recently arrived immigrants.


Madrid's El Rastro is famed for its flea market [Boston Globe]

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Madrid's El Rastro is famed for its flea market [Boston Globe]


The national institute for health projects that by the year 2040 the average life expectancy will be 86 for men and 91.5 for women.  [Source: World Health Network]

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The national institute for health projects that by the year 2040 the average life expectancy will be 86 for men and 91.5 for women. [Source: World Health Network]


The mother of famous astronomer Johannes Kepler was accused of being a witch

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The mother of famous astronomer Johannes Kepler was accused of being a witch


Each of the Space Shuttle's solid rocket boosters burns 5 tons of propellant per second.

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Each of the Space Shuttle's solid rocket boosters burns 5 tons of propellant per second.


Coupons were introduced in 1894 when Asa Candler bought the Coca-Cola formula for $2,300 and gave people coupons that he had written out to receive a free glass of coke

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Coupons were introduced in 1894 when Asa Candler bought the Coca-Cola formula for $2,300 and gave people coupons that he had written out to receive a free glass of coke


Atila the Hun was a dwarf. Pepin the Short, Aesop, Gregory the Tours, Charles 3 of Naples, and the Pasha Hussain were all less than 3.5 feet tall.

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Atila the Hun was a dwarf. Pepin the Short, Aesop, Gregory the Tours, Charles 3 of Naples, and the Pasha Hussain were all less than 3.5 feet tall.


Fat is important for the development of children and normal growth

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Fat is important for the development of children and normal growth


In 1894 the first big Coke sign was found on the side of a building located in Cartersville, Georgia, and still exists today

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In 1894 the first big Coke sign was found on the side of a building located in Cartersville, Georgia, and still exists today


In their lifetime, house cats spend approximately 10,950 hours purring

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In their lifetime, house cats spend approximately 10,950 hours purring