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St. Miles Partridge once played dice with Henry VIII for the bells of St. Paul's church. He won, and collected the bells.

Household batteries can leak mercury, which can cause mental retardation, and cadmium, which is a carcinogen.

In seventeenth-century Japan, no citizen was allowed to leave the country on penalty of death. Anyone caught coming or going without permission was executed on the spot.
Laws and Customs

During her husband's presidency, Martha Washington was formally addressed as Lady Washington.
People » US Presidents

The Tower of London, for which construction was begun in 1078 by William the Conqueror, once housed a zoo. It also has served as an observatory, a mint, a prison, a royal palace, and (at present) the home of the Crown Jewels.

In 1 hour, your heart produces enough energy to raise almost 1 ton of weight a yard off the ground, and it beats 40,000,000 times in a year.

London's Millennium Dome, the largest of its kind in the world, is over one kilometer in circumference and covers over 80,000 square meters.

In 1896, only first- and second-place finishers of the Olympics were awarded medals. The winners received silver medals and crowns of olive branches, while second-place finishers received bronze medals.
Sports » Olympics

The only American president to graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy was Jimmy Carter, who graduated in the class of 1946.
People » US Presidents

The song "Some Day My Prince Will Come" was introduced in the 1937 Disney movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Entertainment » Disney

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