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Otto Lilienthal (1848 - 1896), a German inventor, made about 2,000 flights in gliders he had designed and built by himself. He died following a glider crash.

Quite a few fairy tales have been found to exist simultaneously in differing cultures – for example, variations of the tale “Jack and the Beanstalk” appear among the Zulus of Africa and the Native Americans.

A report issued by the International Labor Organization in 1996 said Asia has the greatest number of children working, at 45 million. Africa is second, with 24 million.

In an episode of The Simpsons, Sideshow Bob's Criminal Number is 24601, the same as the Criminal number of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables.
Entertainment » TV and Movies

The full name of Rhea Perlman's award-winning character on TV's Cheers was "Carla Maria Victoria Angelina Teresa Apollonia Lozupone Tortelli LeBec."
Entertainment » Television

Ants keep slaves. Certain species, the so-called sanguinary ants for example, raid the nests of other ant tribes, kill the queen, and kidnap many of the workers. The workers are brought back to the captors' hive, where they are coerced into performing menial tasks.
Animals » Insects

Polar bears have a "home" territory of about 100,000 square miles.

Maine is the only U.S. state that adjoins only one other state.
Geography » US

Elephant seals molt every year.

About 10 percent of the workforce in Egypt is under 12 years of age. Although laws protecting children are on the books, they are not well enforced, partly because many poverty-stricken parents feel forced to send their children out to help support the family.

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