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  1. At greatest risk of injury to a professional football player's anatomy is the knee, which is involved in 58 percent of all major football injuries.
  2. Golf-great Billy Casper turned golf pro during the Korean War while serving in the Navy. Casper was assigned to operate and build golf driving ranges for the Navy in the San Diego area.
  3. Jerry Seinfeld shares the ranks with television performers Andy Griffith, Jackie Gleason, Bob Hope, Angela Lansbury, Bob Newhart, Cybill Shepherd, the Smothers Brothers, Tim Allen, and Hal Linden, all of whom have not won Best Actor Emmys.
  4. The Sun provides our planet with 126,000,000,000,000 horsepower of energy every day. This means that 54,000 horsepower is delivered to every man, woman, and child on Earth in each 24-hour period.
  5. William Caxton, an English printer, established the first printing press in English in 1476.
  6. Nothing can be burned again that has already been burned once.
  7. In Germany, the fairy-tale-like castle of Neuschwanstein is one of the most famous castles in all the world. Each year, more than a million tourists visit the castle. It was built by King Ludwig II, believed to have been mentally ill, more than a century ago. His magnificent Neuschwanstein Castle is likely Germany's most famous sight. From a distance, the castle, sitting on a rocky peak of the Alps in Bavaria, is like a storybook picture. Walt Disney got many of his ideas for Sleeping Beauty's castle at Disneyland from Neuschwanstein Castle. Its full name, Schloss Neuschwanstein, translates to "Castle of New Swan Stone".
  8. The average adult stands 0.4 inch (1 cm) taller in the morning than in the evening, because the cartilage in the spine compresses during the day.
  9. Berengaria, Queen of England and wife of Richard the Lionhearted, never set foot in England. She lived in Italy most of her life while her husband was off on adventures and crusades.
  10. The most commonly used language in the world is Chinese. It is spoken by over 1 billion people.
  11. Of all the ore dug in diamond mines, only one carat in every 23 tons proves to be a diamond.
  12. Christendom did not begin to date its history from the birth of Christ until 500 years after his death. The system was introduced in 550 by Dionysius Exigus, a monk in Rome.
  13. Muppets creator Jim Henson first created Kermit in 1955 - as a lizard. He was made from Henson's mother's coat and two halfs of a Ping-Pong ball (no flipper feet or eleven-point collar). He didn't become a frog until 1968.
  14. More than 2.2 million guests visited Dollywood in 1998, making the park the most visited attraction in the state of Tennessee after the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Tourists' interest in this Pigeon Forge entertainment park can be attributed to several factors, the main of which is its famous namesake - country entertainer Dolly Parton. Her "Rags to Riches Museum" and a replica of her childhood home are consistently cited as favorite attractions by park visitors.
  15. As much as six percent of the world's population may experience sleep paralysis, the inability to move and speak for several minutes after awakening.
  16. In July 1934, Babe Ruth paid a fan $20 dollars for the return of the baseball he hit for his 700th career home run.
  17. In 1943, Percy Clark of UCLA made the mistake during the Rose Bowl game of being tackled behind the goal line while attempting to return a punt against Georgia. UCLA lost the game, 2-0. One newspaper carried the headline "CLARK 2, UCLA 0." Clark was openly shunned by classmates and, in despair, he quit college a week later. He moved to the woods in Oregon, where he spent many years as a recluse.
  18. One-third of the solar energy reaching the Earth is used in evaporating water; about 95,000 cubic miles each year. This is equivalent to 30 lakes the size of Lake Superior.
  19. The first drug that was offered as a water-soluble tablet, was aspirin in 1900.
  20. Gordon Sumner, the rock star and actor known as Sting, got his nickname from the yellow-and-black jerseys he used to wear, which fellow musicians thought made him look like a bumble bee.


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