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Devils Tower in Wyoming, the world-famous, nearly vertical monolith rises 1,267 feet above the Belle Fourche River. Known by several northern plains tribes as Bears Lodge, it is a sacred site of worship for many American Indians. Scientists are still undecided as to what exactly caused the natural wonder, although they agree that it is the remnant of an ancient volcanic feature.
Geography » US

It is estimated that a healthy individual releases 3.5 oz. of gas in a single flatulent emission, or about 17 oz. in a day.

The first known heart medicine was discovered in an English garden. In 1799, physician John Ferriar noted the effect of dried leaves of the common plant, digitalis purpurea, on heart action. Still used in heart medications, digitalis slows the pulse and increases the force of heart contractions and the amount of blood pumped per heartbeat.
Medicine and Health

Most of the information available now is created by individuals instead of businesses. With e-mail transmissions alone, people are creating 500 times as much information as is contained in the total of all Web pages in existence.

The Grand Canyon is home to over 80 species of mammals, 60 species of reptiles, and 280 species of birds. The Canyon also plays host to about 4.2 million tourists each year.
Geography » US

A top fuel dragster can accelerate from 0 to 100 miles an hour in 0.8 of a second and from 0 to 330 miles an hour in 4.5 seconds, using 10 gallons of nitro-methane.

Eagles mate while airborne.

Casey Kasem is the voice of Shaggy on Scooby-Doo.
Entertainment » TV and Movies

T. E. Lawrence's novel The Seven Pillars of Wisdom was retitled when it was made into a film: Lawrence of Arabia (1962).

The power lawn mower was invented by Ransom E. Olds (of Oldsmobile fame) in 1915.
People » Inventors

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