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  1. During Ronald Reagan's presidency, the White House purchased 12 tons of jelly beans.
  2. Before turning to a career on the pulpit as the Reverend Billy Sunday, the soon-to-be evangelist was a superb outfielder with the Chicago White Stockings. Many observers credited Sunday with helping Chicago win the pennant back in 1886.
  3. Shakespeare was the first to use certain words that are now common, including "hurry," "bump," "eyeball," and "anchovy."
  4. At birth, the white whale is black.
  5. The National Lighter Museum in Guthrie, Oklahoma has nearly 20,000 pieces, representing over 85,000 years of lighters and fire starters. The only museum of its kind in the world, it is dedicated to collecting and preserving the history of the evolution of lighters.
  6. In James M. Barrie's Peter Pan, the place where children go with Peter Pan is not called "Never-Never Land." It is called "Neverland."
  7. Everyone knows about vitamins A, B, C, D, and E. Few are aware that there are also vitamins K, T, H, and U. These vitamins are helpful in proper liver function, treating anemia, and the healing of ulcers.
  8. The ampersand (&) was once a letter of the English alphabet.
  9. "International Orange" is the official name of the orange-red paint used to paint the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and it has always been that color. Rejecting carbon black and steel gray, the color was chosen because it blended well with the span's natural setting. Had the U.S. Navy's color request been granted, the bridge would have been painted black with yellow stripes. Painting the bridge is an ongoing task and its primary maintenance job. The special paint protects the Golden Gate from the high salt content in the ocean air, which rusts and corrodes the steel components.
  10. The diameter of Venus is only about 400 miles less than that of Earth.
  11. Thomas Edison originally formed the Edison Electric Light Company in 1878. Through several mergers and acquisitions over the decades, the company has grown into what we now know as General Electric.
  12. The first commercial radio station in the U.S., KDKA Pittsburgh, began broadcasting in November 1920.
  13. A survey revealed that perpetrators of violent acts on TV dramas go unpunished 73 percent of the time.
  14. The ancient city of Attica was famous for its luscious figs, and they became an obsession for its citizens, rich or poor. Solon, the ruler of Attica (639-559 B.C.), made it illegal to export figs out of Greece, making sure there were plenty for his subjects.
  15. The first female operator was Emma M. Nutt, who started working for Telephone Dispatch Company in Boston on September 1, 1878. Prior to that, all operators were men.
  16. A hippopotamus can open its mouth wide enough to accommodate a 4-foot-tall child.
  17. The average adult has between 40 and 50 billion fat cells.
  18. More than one-third of the world's commercial supply of pineapples comes from Hawaii.
  19. The Speaker of the House in Great Britain is not allowed to speak.
  20. The whistling swan has more than 25,000 feathers on its body.


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