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  1. Between the mid-1860's and 1883, the bison population in North America was reduced from an estimated 13 million to a few hundred.
  2. Spaghetti is the favorite pasta shape, with 38 percent favoring it over other pasta shapes. The second favorite shape is elbow macaroni, at 16 percent.
  3. Artist Andy Warhol became famous for his painting of Campbell's Soup cans. Before that, he made his living painting shoes for advertisements.
  4. Bloomers, or ladies pantaloons got their name from suffragette Amelia Bloomer.
  5. John VIII (died 882) was the first Pope to be murdered he was poisoned and then clubbed to death.
  6. Rev. Jesse Jackson, during an interview on NBC-TV's Meet the Press in June 1988, remarked, "There's nothing wrong with having a big ego. It's all right to have a Rolls Royce ego so long as you don't have a bicycle brain. If they coordinate, you can work it out pretty well."
  7. A poll taken shows that between 74 and 94 percent of workers in the United States and Canada take 5 to 15 minutes daily for a morning coffee break. The coffee break in the workplace did not become common until the early 1940s.
  8. President Calvin Coolidge, thirtieth U.S. president, liked cats and would often walk around the office with his yellow cat draped over his shoulders like a fur piece.
  9. Satu is a female first name in Finnish meaning "fairy tale," and the best childrens' fairy tales are awarded on October 18th, known as "Satu's Day." The international competition for children ages 7 to 13 has been held since 1993, and its rules are translated into five languages.
  10. Before his 1957 West Side Story success, songwriter Steven Sondheim supported himself writing "Topper" TV scripts
  11. What do bats' wings, elephants' ears, flamingos' legs, rabbits' ears, goats' horns, and human skin all have in common? They radiate heat to providing cooling for the animal.
  12. The Wizard of Oz was a Broadway musical 37 years before the MGM movie version was made. It had 293 performances and then went on a tour that lasted 9 years.
  13. The kakapo is a nocturnal burrowing parrot of New Zealand that has a green body with brown and yellow markings. Its name is from Maori and means "night parrot."
  14. A jiffy" is an actual unit of time. It is 1/100 of a second.
  15. Safeco Field, Seattle's newest ballpark for the Mariners baseball team which opened on July 15, 1999, was built to resemble the great ballparks of yesteryear. It is open-air and has real grass. Seating capacity of the ballpark is 46,621. Safeco Field features a retractable roof that covers the ballpark, but does not enclose it. The roof keeps fans protected from the wind and rain. The three roof panels measure 8.75 acres. The total weight of the roof is a staggering 22,000,000 pounds.
  16. In 1977, Bette Davis was the first female motion picture performer to be honored with the Life Achievement Award of the American Film Institute (AFI), the highest honor given for a career in film. Other recipients of the prestigious AFI Life Achievement Award include Frank Capra, James Cagney, Henry Fonda, Alfred Hitchcock, Jack Lemmon, Gregory Peck, Steven Spielberg, and Dustin Hoffman. Since the AFI established this award in 1973, only three other women have been honored since Davis: Elizabeth Taylor, Barbara Stanwyck, and Lillian Gish.
  17. According to experts, large caves tend to "breathe" they inhale and exhale great quantities of air when the barometric pressure on the surface changes, and air rushes in or out seeking equilibrium.
  18. Only about 20 percent of diamonds are made into jewels. Because they are so hard, most diamonds are used to make tools such as dental drills and metal cutters.
  19. The first letter of every continent's name is the same as the last: AmericA, AntarcticA, EuropE, AsiA, AustraliA, AfricA.
  20. The 1997 Jack Nicholson film As Good As It Gets is known in China as "Mr. Cat Poop."


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