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  1. The opossum, often called "possum," dates back over 45 million years.
  2. Elvis Presley's first Cadillac was blue before he bought it in 1955 and painted it pink.
  3. The armor of the armadillo is not as tough as it appears. It is very pliable, much like a human fingernail.
  4. In golf, a "snowman" is a score of 8 for a hole or 88 for a round.
  5. The telescope on Mount Palomar, California, can see a distance of 7,038,835,200,000,000,000,000 miles.
  6. Internet access in the country of Burma is restricted by anti-modem laws. Illegal possession of a modem can lead to a prison term. Public typists work at typewriters charging about 14 cents per page. On a good day, a public typist earns about $3.50.
  7. U.S. Army doctor D.W. Bliss had the unique role of attending to two U.S. presidents after they were shot by assassins. In 1865, he was one of 16 doctors who tried to save Abraham Lincoln; in 1881, Bliss supervised the care of James Garfield.
  8. Socrates, Nero, Mark Anthony, Cleopatra, Vincent van Gogh, and Adolf Hitler all committed suicide.
  9. The Japanese adore beef, but cannot get enough because the country is too small for large-scale cattle raising. An exception are the cows of Kobe, who live the good life: they drink beer, are massaged three times a day to keep their meat tender, and are sung to, making them feel serene. Kobe beef is world-famous for its flavor, although chances of finding any outside Japan are almost nil. A few restaurants in the United States import the rare commodity, charging more than one hundred dollars for a 16-ounce, one-inch-thick steak.
  10. In January, 1987, San Francisco station KRON-TV became the first major market TV station in the U.S. to air a condom commercial.
  11. There are more than 15,000 different varieties of rice.
  12. There are fifteen nations that gave women the right to vote before the United States did in 1920. The earliest were New Zealand, in 1893, Australia, in 1902, and Finland, in 1906.
  13. The Sun is about midway in the scale of star sizes, but most are smaller ones. Only five percent of the stars in our galaxy are larger than the Sun. (That's five billion larger stars, however.)
  14. There are 6,272,640 square inches in an acre.
  15. The average worker in Japan reportedly takes only half of his/her earned vacation time each year.
  16. Martha Jane Burke, better known as Calamity Jane, was married twelve times.
  17. There is 1 mile of railroad track in Belgium for every one and a half square miles of land.
  18. Natalie Cole, daughter of music legend Nat "King" Cole, became the first black to win the Best New Artist Grammy Award in 1975. The 25-year-old singer released her debut album, "Inseparable," exactly 10 years after her father's death.
  19. Signing a memorial to Congress for the abolition of slavery was the last public act of Benjamin Franklin.
  20. To an observer standing on Pluto, the Sun would appear no brighter than Venus appears in our evening sky.


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