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The breed of the Thoroughbred horse is only about 300 years old, although horse racing has been popular in England since Roman times, and can be traced back to Central Asia among prehistoric nomads.

Charles de Gaulle's final words were, "It hurts."

The Romans were so fond of eating dormice that the upper classes raised them domestically. The rodents were kept in specially designed cages and were fed a mixture of nuts.
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In 1060, a coin was minted in England shaped like a clover. The user could break off any of the four leaves and use them as separate pieces of currency.

Studies have confirmed that men who are exposed to a lot of toxic chemicals, high heat, and unusual pressures, such as jet pilots and deep-sea divers, are more prone to father girls than boys.

The holiday Shichi-Go-San, or “Seven-Five-Three,” in Japan honors children who are three, five, or seven years old. These ages are thought to be especially lucky. On November 15, families who have children of these ages take part in a special festi

Only sixteen Concordes were ever made, the last in 1980. On New Year's Eve 1994, one Concorde plane carried wealthy revelers on a 32-hour trip to nowhere. These travelers, who paid $23,000 apiece for the trip, rang in the New Year twice because they twice crossed the International Date Line.

On December 27, 1956, California granted landmark status to the barn used by director Cecil B. DeMille while making The Squaw Man in 1913. It was the first film-related landmark so designated.

Wolves are devoted creatures. All members of a pack share in the care and upbringing of the pups.

The chicken can travel up to 9 miles per hour.

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