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Catnip can affect lions and tigers as well as house cats. It excites them because it contains a chemical that resembles an excretion of the dominant female's urine.

A bowl of lime Jell-O, when hooked up to an EEG machine, exhibited movement which is virtually identical to the brain waves of a healthy adult man or woman.

Only food that does not spoil: honey.
Food and Drink

The national headquarters for Bat World Sanctuary is located at Mineral Wells, Texas. More than 150 bats from around the world have found permanent refuge in this indoor, natural habitat facility. These non-releasable bats include those that have been used in research, orphaned, permanently injured, or confiscated from the illegal pet trade. Bat World is a sanctuary as well as an educational center. The bats that participate in tours are only those that are not stressed while being viewed. During tours, bats can be seen close up, flying in simulated natural-habitat flight cages, and just "hanging out." Touching the bats is not permitted, but cameras are welcome. Actually, many of the bats are naturally curious and willing to be photographed.

Computer viruses are bits of software code that either overwrite or attach themselves to programs and replicate themselves. While some are merely annoying, taking up valuable disk space, others can wipe out an entire hard drive. If the Michelangelo virus is on your computer, it activates on March 6, the artist's birthday. Viruses were first discovered in the late 1980s, and since that time, IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center has collected more than 10,000. It is estimated that six to nine new viruses are found daily. About 1,200 computer viruses are in circulation.

Yucatan, as in the peninsula, is from Maya "u" + "u" + "uthaan" meaning "listen how they speak," and is what the Maya said when they first heard the Spaniards.
Words and Numbers » Word Roots

When Emmett Ashford joined the American League, he became the first black major league umpire. Ashford was also the first black professional umpire in 1951 when he joined the Southwestern International League.
Sports » Baseball

The cat was the favorite animal of Mohammed.

The average court fine for drunk driving in Denmark in 1996 reportedly was one month's salary of the convicted.
Laws and Customs

Bumblebees live underground.
Animals » Insects

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