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According to a Minute Maid survey, 60 million Americans set up stands to sell lemonade when they were kids.
Food and Drink

Four men in the history of boxing have been knocked out in the first eleven seconds of the first round.

Hawaii's “Forbidden Island” of Niihau is owned by a single family named Robinson. On Niihau, there are no phones and no electricity for the population of 250 full-blooded Hawaiians living there.
Geography » US

"Cryptozoology" is, literally, the study of hidden animals. Examples include the study of such creatures as Bigfoot, the chupacabra, and the Loch Ness monster. Cryptozoology is not a recognized branch of the science of zoology. Dr. Bernard Heuvelmans coined the term to describe his investigations of animals unknown to science.
Words and Numbers

Between games of a morning/afternoon doubleheader on May 30, 1922, the Cubs' Max Flack and the Cardinals' Cliff Heathcote were traded for each other. Both men played the afternoon game in their new uniforms. They were the first two players to play for two different baseball teams on the same day.
Sports » Baseball

Roughly 25 percent of all prescription medicines in the United States are derived from plants, including alkaloids from the rosy periwinkle of Madagascar. This plant has been successful in arresting childhood leukemia and Hodgkin's disease.

Italy: 'chiocciolina' - which, in Italian, means 'little snail' France: 'petit escargot' - also 'little snail' Germany: 'klammeraffe' - which means 'spider monkey'. Dutch: 'api' - a shortened version of 'apestaart' or 'monkey's tail'. Finland: 'miau' or 'cat's tail'. Norway: 'kanel-bolle', a spiral shaped cinnamon cake Israel: 'shtrudel' - following the pastry concept Denmark: 'snabel', an 'A' with a trunk. Spain: 'arroba'. the Spanish symbol for a unit of weight of about 25 pounds.
Words and Numbers » Word Roots

Diet Coke was only invented in 1982.
People » Inventors

Zachary Taylor was nicknamed “Old Rough and Ready” because of his slovenly dress.
People » US Presidents

Carl Yastrzemski is the only baseball player to have at least 100 hits in each of his first 20 seasons. At least he had 100 hits every season from 1961 to 1980 when he only earned 83 safeties during the strike-shortened 1981 season (he also had 100 in 1982 and '83, his last two seasons).
Sports » Baseball

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