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  1. Major league baseball teams buy 182 pounds of special baseball rubbing mud each year from a farmer in Millsboro, Delaware
  2. The border between Canada and the U.S. is the world's longest frontier. It stretches 3,987 miles (6,416 km).
  3. The population of the American colonies in 1610 was 350.
  4. Turkey's largest city, Istanbul, played a central role in Greek history. Called Constantinople, it was capital of the Byzantine Empire. The name Istanbul was not officially adopted until 1930.
  5. In 1769 the British designer Edward Beran enclosed wooden slats in a frame to adjust the amount of light let into a room. These became known as venetian blinds from their early use over Italianate windows.
  6. According to the General Telephone Company of Pennsylvania, the typical American spends an average of one year of his or her life speaking on the telephone.
  7. The first spacecraft to send back pictures of the far side of the Moon was Luna 3 in October 1959. The photographs covered about 70 percent of the far side.
  8. Forty-seven czars are buried within the Kremlin walls.
  9. The average person's total skin covering would weigh about 6 pounds if collected in one mass.
  10. The largest refracting telescope is the 40-inch Yerkes telescope, built in 1897 and still in use. All larger telescopes are of the "reflecting" variety, using mirrors instead of lenses.
  11. The original title of Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice was First Impression.
  12. Miami Beach, Long Beach, Huntington Beach, Palm Beach, Pacific Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach there are scores of U.S. coastal cities and towns with "beach" in their names. Surprisingly, there's only one city in the United States named merely "Beach." It is found in North Dakota, which is a land-locked state.
  13. The color of the blood of an octopus is bluish-green.
  14. Chicago, Illinois is the candy capital of the world. Chicago has more chocolate manufacturers within a small radius than any other place in the world. This dates back to the 1800's when Chicago was a national hub for transportation and manufacturing, in addition to being very close to sources for key candy ingredients -- milk and corn syrup, it was also convenient to ship candy products to either coast from Chicago.
  15. The temperature of lava is dependent on the geographic location. For example, Hawaiian lava can be as hot as 2,140 degrees Fahrenheit. By contrast, lava from mountains like Mount St. Helen's can be several hundred degrees cooler.
  16. Enrico Caruso was the first singer to sell a million records, and was also the first opera star to appear in films
  17. The administrative code of New York City still requires that hitching posts be located in front of City Hall.
  18. The six official languages of the United Nations are English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Russian, and Spanish.
  19. Texas is the only state that permits residents to cast absentee ballots from space. The first to exercise this right to vote while in orbit was astronaut David Wolf, who cast his vote for Houston mayor via e-mail from the Russian space station Mir in November 1997.
  20. In 1993, Ted Danson earned a reported $450,000 per episode as Sam Malone during the final season of Cheers, an industry record at the time. While Roseanne received more that year for an episode of Roseanne, she also did more. In addition to acting, she was the show's executive producer and a contributing writer.


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