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Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter had an operation for hemorrhoids while he was in office.
Medicine and Health

Flying in a typical loose formation, a starling flock will suddenly close ranks in response to the appearance of a falcon. The falcon won't dive into a tight flock where it might be injured and it is unable to strike at a single bird.

American black cookbook author Rufus Estes was born a slave, and he ultimately became one of Chicago's finest chefs. He started his culinary career as a Pullman Private Car attendant, where he served two U.S. presidents. Estes' 1911 cookbook, "Good Things

In the United States, people play on their home computers more in the East and work more on them in the South and West, according to a survey from the NPD Group, Inc. market researchers.

"Twitchers" are birdwatchers in England. In the United States, they are called "birders."
Words and Numbers

Children born in the month of May are on the average 200 grams heavier at birth than children born in any other month.

A snake is capable of eating an animal four times larger than the width of its own head.

Ancient witch doctors claimed that cumin seed would guarantee elevated sexual attraction between lovers and would also instill retentive powers. To this day, girls in Italy give cumin to their sweethearts to insure their continued attachment.
Food and Drink

Significantly more bird species than mammal species pair for life, and both bird parents usually take an active part in the rearing of the young.

There are more than 100,000 different species of butterflies.
Animals » Insects

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