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  1. Stanley Andrews and Ronald Reagan both served as hosts of television's "Death Valley Days."
  2. Sight accounts for 90 to 95 percent of all sensory perceptions.
  3. The U.S. Congress passed laws in 1999 to discourage the practice of registering popular or trademarked domain names for the sole purpose of resale or profit, although it is legal to do it with generic words or surnames.
  4. Sedimentary rocks are used to make cement, glass, fertilizer, baking soda, laundry bleach, and aspirin.
  5. Mice, whales, elephants, giraffes, and humans all have seven neck vertebra.
  6. Tony the Tiger, cartoon mascot of Kellogg's Frosted Flakes since the early 1950s, was called "Tom-Tom the Tiger" in the island nation of Grenada.
  7. After being forced to state in public that the earth does not rotate, Galileo is said to have muttered under his breath, "But it does move."
  8. In Sweden, it is a breech of etiquette for you to toast your host or anyone who is your senior in rank or age until after they toast you.
  9. The bumblebee does not die when it stings it can sting again and again. In bumblebee hives, the entire colony, except for the queen, dies at the end of each summer. Each year, an entirely new colony of bees must be produced.
  10. T. E. Lawrence's novel "The Seven Pillars of Wisdom" was retitled when it was made into a film: Lawrence of Arabia (1962).
  11. Hitchcock bought the rights to the novel Psycho anonymously from Bloch for just $9,000. He then bought up as many copies of the novel as he could to keep the ending a secret.
  12. During filming, this movie was referred to as "Production 9401" or "Wimpy".
  13. The film only cost $800,000 to make yet has earned more than $40 million. Hitchcock used the crew from his TV series to save time and money.
  14. The actual house used for the design construction of the house used in Psycho still stands in Kent, Ohio.
  15. The shower scene has over 90 splices in it, and did not involve Anthony Perkins at all. Perkins was in New York preparing for a play.
  16. Contrary to popular rumours, during the shooting of the shower scene, Hitchcock did not arrange for the water to suddenly go ice-cold when the attack started.
  17. The sound that the knife makes penetrating the flesh is actually the sound of a knife stabbing a casaba melon.
  18. The blood in the shower scene is actually chocolate sauce.
  19. Most varieties of snake can go an entire year without eating a single morsel of food.
  20. The "Cereal Bowl of America" is in Battle Creek, Michigan, where the most cereal in the United States is produced.


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