Ten Random Facts
Construction on the Berlin Wall began in 1961.
The first atomic bomb exploded at Trinity Site, New Mexico.
There is no proof that Phineas Taylor Barnum ever said "there's a sucker born every minute." He did, however, say that "every crowd has a silver lining," and acknowledged that "the public is wiser than many imagine."
L. Frank Baum, the author of the The Wizard of Oz, couldn't swim. He always smoked a cigar when he was wading in the water so he could tell when he was getting in too deep.
More than 40 percent of the women in the United States were in the Girl Scouts organization. Two-thirds of the women listed in Who's Who of Women were Girl Scouts.
The images on a computer screen are made up of more than 5,000 pixels, or dots, per square inch.
Attila the Hun was a dwarf. Pepin the Short, Aesop, Gregory of Tours, Charles III of Naples, and Pasha Hussain were all less than three and a half feet tall.
The Broadway version of Disney's The Lion King uses more than 232 puppets, including rod puppets, shadow puppets, and full-sized puppets. There are 25 kinds of animals, insects, birds, and fish represented in the show; more than 750 pounds of silicone rubber were used to make molds for the masks in The Lion King.
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