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A lion in the wild usually makes no more than 20 kills a year.
Animals

A woman's arthritic pains will almost always disappear as soon as she becomes pregnant.
People

The modern Christmas custom of displaying a wreath on the front door of one's house, is borrowed from ancient Rome's New Year's celebrations. Romans wished each other "good health" by exchanging branches of evergreens. They called these gifts strenae after Strenia, the goddess of health. It became the custom to bend these branches into a ring and display them on doorways.
Holidays » Christmas

More species of fish live in a single tributary of the Amazon River than in all the rivers in North America combined.
Animals

Spiders have transparent blood.
Animals » Insects

Point Pinos is the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the west coast of the United States. Its beacon has flashed nightly as a guide and warning off the rocky coast of California since 1855.
Structures

Paul McCartney had 32 #1 hits on the Billboard charts. That's more #1s than any other artist.
Entertainment

"Wobbly Willie" was the nickname of William McKinley.
People » US Presidents

A chest X-ray is comprised of 90,000 to 130,000 electron volts.
Technology

Hair salons in Britain in the 1870s concocted their own shampoos from varying amounts of water, soda, and bar soap.
Inventions

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