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  1. Henri Nestlé was originally a baby food manufacturer. His work and research with condensed milk aided Swiss chocolatier Daniel Peter in inventing a method to successfully combine chocolate and milk in a solid form the first milk chocolate in 1875.
  2. The perennial European grass timothy, widely grown in the United States for hay, was named after Timothy Hanson, who took the seed from New York to the Carolinas in the 1720s.
  3. Toads eat only moving prey.
  4. In an interview, veteran Emmy-winning actress Ann B. Davis reminisced about her days on the set of the 1970s TV sitcom, The Brady Bunch. On her character, Alice the housekeeper, Davis recalled, "I used to insist on having something in the pot when I pretended to cook. In the beginning it was canned stew, but after a while, I became less pure in my acting, and I'd add salt and pepper to boiling water."
  5. A male moth can smell a female moth from 100 yards away.
  6. It takes 11 dump-truck loads of wood to make a proper funeral pyre for a full-size elephant.
  7. During an interview on the history of Los Angeles, screenwriter Robert Towne said he nearly named his blockbuster film Water and Power instead of Chinatown. The film, which starred Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway, was a critical accounting of southern California's earlier days of water and the ruthless men who controlled its distribution.
  8. There are about 130 species of owl.
  9. There is a correspondence between the fluctuation of agricultural production and sunspot variations. Production of wheat, for example, reached high figures during sunspots maximums and low figures during sunspot minimums.
  10. For many years, the globe on the "NBC Nightly News" spun in the wrong direction. On January 2, 1984, NBC finally set the world spinning back in the proper direction.
  11. Some cultures call the papaya tree "the medicinal tree" because its seeds and leaves have been used to make medicine.
  12. Oddly enough, despite his tremendous influence on early television and his popularity with the American public, Jackie Gleason never won an Emmy award. His longtime sidekick, Art Carney, won five Supporting Actor Emmys for both The Jackie Gleason Show and The Honeymooners; co-star Audrey Meadows won one. "The Great One," however, was overlooked through his TV career. According to one source, this bothered good friend Carney, who hid his Emmy trophies so that Gleason wouldn't be reminded of the snub when he came to visit Carney at his home.
  13. Catnip can affect lions and tigers as well as house cats. It excites them because it contains a chemical that resembles an excretion of the dominant female's urine.
  14. According to the federal Trade Commission, there are 20,000 television commercials made each year that are aimed exclusively at children. Of these, 7,000 are for sugared breakfast cereals.
  15. A full seven percent of the entire Irish barley crop goes to the production of Guinness Beer.
  16. When under extreme stress, such as when held in captivity, some octopuses will eat their own arms, which grow back.


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