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The speed of sound in water is about five times faster than the speed of sound in air. Sound travels at nearly a mile per second in water in 68º Fahrenheit. That's because sound uses molecules to travel. Molecules in water are much closer together than those in air, thus shortening the travel time.

The United States joined the World War I efforts in 1917, three years after the war began and about a year before the war ended in 1918.

Superman's boyhood home was Smallville, Illinois.

The ancient Irish custom of burning the Yule log was performed to honor the Great Mother Goddess. The log would be lit on the eve of the Winter Solstice, using the remains of the Yule log from the previous year, and would be burned for twelve hours for good luck.
Holidays » Christmas

One has to eat 11 pounds of potatoes to put on 1 pound of weight — a potato has no more calories than an apple.
Food and Drink

On December 2, 1942, a nuclear chain reaction was achieved for the first time under the stands of the University of Chicago’s football stadium. The first reactor measured 30 feet wide, 32 feet long, and 21.5 feet high. It weighed 1,400 tons and contained 52 tons of uranium in the form of uranium metal and uranium oxide. Although the same process led to the massive energy release of the atomic bomb, the first artificially sustained nuclear reaction produced just enough energy to light a small flashlight.
Science and Technology

Moviegoers tend to take the film editing process for granted today. However, the very concept of it was revolutionary at the turn of the century. The first film shot and edited with intercutting for a more complex narrative – rather than telling a story as if it were a filmed stage play – was Edwin S. Porter's innovative The Life of an American Fireman in 1902. It was the first film to use editing to tell a story from two points of view, and to intercut between two places and courses of action.

Before he became a home-repair guru on U.S. television, Bob Vila was a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama.
Entertainment » Television

Tony the Tiger, cartoon mascot of Kellogg's Frosted Flakes since the early 1950s, was called “Tom-Tom the Tiger” in the island nation of Grenada.

Babe Ruth enjoyed hunting, fishing, boxing, and bowling. But perhaps his biggest athletic passion was golf. He loved the game and played whenever he could. His daughter Julia said in an interview that were it not for golf, he would not have known what to do with himself after he retired from baseball.
Sports » Baseball

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