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As an advertising gimmick, Carl Mayer, nephew of lunchmeat mogul Oscar Mayer, invented the company's "Wienermobile." On July 18, 1936, the first Oscar MayerŽ "Wienermobile" rolled out of General Body Company's factory in Chicago. Wienermobiles still tour the United States today.

An individual who is "pursy" is short-winded, usually from being obese.

Mother-of pearl is not always white. It can be pink, blue, purple, gray, or even green. Nor is it produced only by the pearl oyster. The abalone and the pearl mussel both have shells that are lined with fine-quality mother-of-pearl.

On August 11, 1960, an 85-pound instrumented capsule, ejected from the Discoverer XIII satellite, was recovered off the coast of Hawaii after making only 16 orbits. It was the first man-made object recovered from space.

Popcorn purchases went into a slump during the early 1950s, when television became popular. Attendance at movie theaters dropped and, with it, popcorn consumption. When the public eventually began eating popcorn at home, the new relationship between television and popcorn led to a popularity surge.
Food and Drink

Before the enactment of the 1978 law that made it mandatory for dog owners in New York City to clean up after their pets, approximately 40 million pounds of dog excrement were deposited on the streets every year.
Laws and Customs

Roulette was invented by the great French mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal. It was a by-product of his experiments with perpetual motion.

Captain Kirk's Enterprise crew numbered 430. His successor, Captain Picard, had 1,012 under his command.
Entertainment » Television

Bullets that met in midair have been found in Civil War battlefields in Virginia.

Sharks can sense a drop of blood from 2.5 miles away.

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