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Citrus makes good compost. Because of its acidity, citrus raises the acid level in the compost heap.

Turkey contains an amino acid called tryptophan, which can cause sleepiness (warm milk also contains tryptophan).
Food and Drink

In 1878 Wanamaker's of Philadelphia was the first U.S. department store to install electric lighting.

The curtain or veil used by some Hindus and Moslems to seclude or hide their women from strangers is called a "purdah."
Words and Numbers

The popular beverage 7-Up was originally a version of a "lithiated" patent medicine, containing small amounts of lithium. An irony here is that it was introduced to the U.S. markets during the 1930s — the height of the Great Depression.
Food and Drink

From Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me — In the U.S., "shag" is far less offensive than in other English-speaking countries. Singapore briefly forced a title change to "The Spy Who Shioked Me." ("Shioked" means "treated nicely.")
Entertainment » TV and Movies

The Untouchables, which debuted in 1959 and starred Robert Stack, was the most violent television show of its time. It became the target of more protests from viewers than any other regular TV series to date. The show was even boycotted by mobsters over unfair treatment.
Entertainment » Television

We are sure that whales and dolphins had land-living ancestors, but we don't know what they were like and we don't know how they evolved.

The Scottish surname McGowan is the Gaelic-derived equivalent of “Smith.”

The average person over fifty will have spent 5 years waiting in lines.

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