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Chang Hsien-chung, a Chinese bandit, is credited with having killed 40 million people between 1643 and 1648. He completely wiped out the population of Szechwan province.
People

The plain black dickey worn with a clerical collar by some clergymen is called a rabat.
Words and Numbers

At Pelkor Chode monastery in Gyangze, Tibet, pilgrims traditionally crawl beneath stacks of sacred literature. They do this in an effort to absorb the wisdom of Buddhist scriptures without having to actually read them.
People

The Navajo Indian language was used successfully as a code by the United States in World War II.
History

On September 21, 1978, two Soviet cosmonauts set a space endurance record of 96 days.
Space

56% of the video game market is adults.
Surveys

Wood frogs are freeze-tolerant and spend winters frozen on land, only to thaw in the spring and begin their breeding process in vernal ponds.
Animals

No two spider webs are the same.
Animals » Insects

Table tennis was originally played with balls made from champagne corks and paddles made from cigar-box lids. It was created in the 1880s by James Gibb, a British engineer who wanted an invigorating game he could play indoors when it was raining. Named "Gossima," the game was first marketed with celluloid balls, which replaced Gibb's corks. After the equipment manufacturer renamed the game "Ping-Pong" in 1901, it became a hot seller.
Inventions

The silhouette on the Major League Baseball logo is Harmon Killebrew.
Sports

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