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The single-blade window cleaning squeegee was invented in 1936 by Ettore Sceccone, and is still the most common form of commercial window cleaning today.

William Conrad was a former trumpet player and radio-drama writer and performer before turning exclusively to acting.

ENIAC, the first electronic computer, appeared 50 years ago. The original ENIAC was about 80 feet long, weighed 30 tons, had 17,000 tubes. By comparison, a desktop computer today can store a million times more information than an ENIAC, and 50,000 times faster.
Science and Technology

Linn's Stamp News is the world's largest weekly newspaper for stamp collectors.

A type of lizard, the chuckwalla, escapes pursuers by crawling into a crack in a rock and inflating its body with air so that it is wedged tightly into the crack and can't be pulled out.

"Almost" is the longest word in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order.
Words and Numbers

A baby baleen whale depends on a mother's milk diet for at least six months.

Just sitting and doing nothing, the average person burns 1,700 calories of energy, or 7,000 kilojoules.

The states of Arizona, Indiana, and Hawaii have never adopted Daylight Savings Time. Neither has Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, or American Samoa.
Geography » US

Nobody knows where the body of Voltaire is. It was stolen from its tomb in the 19th century and has never been recovered. The theft was discovered in 1864, when the tomb was opened and found empty.

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