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A baby's head is about one-quarter of its total height. By the age of 15 years, the head makes up about one-eighth of total height.

Lassie was played by several male dogs, despite the female name, because male collies were thought to look better on camera. The main “actor” was named Pal.

In December 1997, the state of Nevada (USA) became the first state to pass legislation categorizing Y2K data disasters as "acts of God" — protecting the state from lawsuits that may potentially be brought against it by residents in the year 2000.

Xerxes, king of Persia about five centuries B.C., and one of the most intelligent men of his time, became so angry at the sea when it destroyed his two bridges of boats during a storm, that he had his army beat it with sticks.

The average lead pencil will draw a line 35 miles long or write approximately 50,000 English words. More than 2 billion pencils are manufactured in the U.S. annually. If these were laid end to end, they would circle the earth nine times.

When Diane Sawyer competed in the America's Junior Miss pageant, several judges considered her too serious and sophisticated to serve as a teen titleholder. During rehearsals, nearsighted Diane walked headfirst into a metal post in front of the judges and dissolved into girlish giggles. Charmed by Sawyer's silly side, several judges changed their votes in her favor and she was named America's 1963 Junior Miss.

The average admission price to movie theaters in the last 30 years has increased 500 percent.
Entertainment » Movies

A peanut is not a nut; it is a legume.
Food and Drink

It takes seven years for a lobster to grow 1 pound.

While punk rocker Courtney Love was in labor with her and Nirvana front man, Kurt Cobain's child, he was in the rehab wing of the same hospital. Courtney shocked her doctors by walking out of the delivery room to get Cobain out of his room. She yelled at him “You are not leaving me to do this by myself!” Cobain joined her in the delivery room, but when the baby's head appeared, he vomited and passed out.
Entertainment » Music

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