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Residential, economic, or educational qualification gave half a million Englishmen more than one vote in England in 1885. A university graduate who also owned a business in the City of London voted three times once at his home, once for his university, and once in the City.
Laws and Customs

A 41-gun salute is the traditional salute to a royal birth in Great Britain.

Colgate faced a big obstacle marketing toothpaste in Spanish speaking countries. Colgate translates into the command "go hang yourself."
Words and Numbers » Word Roots

According to the US Government people have tried nearly 28,000 different ways to lose weight.

During the Middle Ages, almost all beef, pork, mutton, and chicken were chopped fine. Forks were unknown at the time and the knife was used as a kitchen utensil rather than a piece of tableware.
Food and Drink

The National Sporting Goods Association says one-fourth of all athletic products are purchased during November and December, the holiday shopping period.

"To siffilate" means to speak in a whisper.
Words and Numbers

The first motion picture copyrighted in the United States (in 1894) showed a man in the act of sneezing.

In the biographical film "Man on the Moon" (1999), the role of young Carol Kaufman, Andy Kaufman's sister, was played by Andy's real-life granddaughter Brittany Colonna.
Entertainment » Movies

Not many people are aware that singer Gloria Estefan earned a psychology degree from the University of Miami.

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