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James McNeill Whistler's best known painting, often called "Whistler's Mother," is actually titled "Arrangement in Black and Gray: The Artist's Mother."

The average capacity of a pelican's pouch is 12 quarts.

If harnessed, the energy liberated by an average hurricane could supply the electrical energy used in the United States during half a year.

To keep bugs out of flour, it is recommended to place a couple of bay leaves in the container.
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Teddy Roosevelt was the Police Commissioner of New York in 1895, when he formed the “Bicycle Squad." Members of the squad chased down speeders who exceeded the speed limit of 8 miles per hour.
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In 1938, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law the first minimum wage in the United States. The new law, considered controversial at the time, established at.25 cents per hour minimum wage and a maximum 44 hour work week for minors.

The Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock because of beer. The Mayflower's log shows the crew didn't want to waste beer by looking for another site.

The only living parts of a tree are its thin layer beneath the bark called the cambium, its leaves, and the tips of its roots and branches.

After the U.S. Civil War, Iowa was the first state to give the vote to African Americans.

Prior to 1900, prize fights lasted up to 100 rounds.

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