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  1. On November 12, 1995, NBC's Mad About You featured the acting debut of 62-year-old Yoko Ono, the woman who once was universally blamed for the breakup of the Beatles. The show's star and co-creator Paul Reiser had been coaxing John Lennon's widow to appear on the series for more than two years.
  2. Tooth enamel is the hardest substance manufactured by the human body.
  3. The white meat of turkey is generally preferred in the United States, while other countries choose the dark meat.
  4. Cats have amazing hearing ability. A cat's ear has 30 muscles that control the outer ear (by comparison, human ears only have six muscles). These muscles rotate 180 degrees, so the cat can hear in all directions without moving its head.
  5. In 1900, there were 8,000 cars in the United States; by 1919, there were 6 million cars in the U.S.
  6. The highest known score for a single word in competition Scrabble is 392. In 1982, Dr. Saladin Khoshnaw achieved this score for the word "caziques," which means an Indian chief.
  7. Until 1942, Warner Bros.' "Looney Tunes&" were black-and-white, with established characters, and "Merrie Melodies" were in color, usually with one-shot characters. For 1942 and 1943, "Looney Tunes" were in color on a scattershot basis, then color only from 1944 to the present.
  8. According to the U.S. Naval Observatory, the first populated land where the Sun will rise on a new day is at Kahuitara Point (44 16' S 176 9' W) on Pitt Island in the Chatham Islands, a dependency of New Zealand.
  9. Hair grows slowest at night. It speeds up in the morning, slows in the afternoon, and grows faster again in the evening. Hair grows faster in summer than in winter.
  10. The most famous natural landmark in Northern Ireland is the Giant's Causeway. Comprised of approximately 37,000 dark basalt columns packed together, they were formed when a volcanic eruption spewed molten basalt out 55 million years ago. As the basalt cooled, these unique polygonal structures were formed. Most of the columns of the Giant's Causeway form a six-sided honeycomb pattern. Some have as many as ten sides and measure about 12 inches across and up to forty feet in length.
  11. The first city to reach a population of 1 million people was Rome, Italy in 133 B.C. London, England reached the mark in 1810 and New York City, USA made it in 1875. Today, there are over 300 cities in the world that boast a population in excess of 1 million.
  12. When a piece of glass cracks, the crack travels faster than 3,000 miles per hour.
  13. At one time in Scotland, witches were suspected of assuming the form of red butterflies.
  14. Lord Byron had four pet geese that he brought everywhere with him, even to social gatherings. Byron, though considered one of the most dashing and attractive men of his time, was overweight and had a club foot.
  15. The raven is the first bird mentioned in the Bible. It was sent out by Noah to see if the waters had abated.
  16. "Singapore" means "City of Lions," but none have ever been seen there.
  17. The first graves in Arlington National Cemetery were dug by James Parks, a former Arlington Estate slave. Buried in Section 15. James Parks is the only person buried in Arlington National Cemetery who was born on the property.
  18. Researchers have determined that 1 acre of potatoes can yield 1,200 gallons of ethyl alcohol in a year.
  19. In Portugal, the traditional Christmas meal (consoada) is eaten in the early hours of Christmas Day. Burning in the hearth is the Yule log (fogueira da consoada). The ashes and charred remains of the Yule log are saved; later in the year, they are burned with pine cones during Portugal's thunderstorm season. It is believed that no thunderbolt will strike where the Yule log smoke has traveled.
  20. Specializing in showing only newsreels, the Embassy Theatre opened in New York City in November 1929. It proved to be popular for a time, and was the first theater of its kind.


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