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A baseball hit by a bat can travel as fast as 120 miles per hour.
Sports » Baseball

A fireplace is called a "mantelpiece" because, at one time, people hung their coats (or "mantles") over the fireplace to dry them.
Words and Numbers

The original fifty cent piece in Australian decimal currency had around $2.00 worth of silver in it before it was replaced with a less expensive twelve sided coin.

Australia's highest mountain is named for Thaddeus Kosciusko, the Polish general who fought in the American Revolution.
Geography » Australia

One of the patron saints of Dublin, St. Kevin was known as a hermit during the sixth century.

Brian Epstein managed The Beatles to superstardom.
Entertainment » Music

Hoi polloi is a Greek phrase meaning “the many.” Hoi polloi are the masses.
Words and Numbers

Some species of earthworms in Australia can measure more than ten feet in length.

In "Quiz Show," John Turturro and Ralph Fiennes compete against each other for prize money.
Entertainment » Movies

The average IQ is 100, while 140 is the beginning of genius IQ.

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