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To a competitive swimmer, "d.p.s." means distance per stroke.

Vitreous humor is the jellylike substance that keeps the eye inflated.
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Pregnant goldfish are "twits."
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More than 95 percent of the population of Greece reportedly belongs to the Greek Orthodox church.

Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. was the second person, after Neil Armstrong, to walk on the moon.

An anticoagulant from vampire bat saliva may soon be used to treat human heart patients. Contrary to popular misconception, bats are not blind, do not become entangled in human hair, and seldom transmit disease to other animals or humans.

Leonardo da Vinci's name for the Mona Lisa was "La Gioconda." It was named for the wife of Francesco del Giocondo. The painting was in progress during 1503-1506.

According to Dennis Changon, spokesman for the International Civil Aviation Organization in Montreal, Canada - if all of the commercial planes in the world were grounded at the same time there wouldn't be space to park them all at gates.

The more that is learned about the ecological benefits of bats, the more home gardeners are going out of their way to entice these amazing winged mammals into their neighborhoods. Bats are voracious insect eaters, devouring as many as 600 bugs per hour for 4 to 6 hours a night. They can eat from one-half to three-quarters their weight per evening. Bats are also important plant pollinators, particularly in the southwestern United States.

When stored properly, pecans can hold their freshness for up to two years.
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