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Hippocrates, considered the "Father of Medicine," once suggested a woman with a flat bustline could enlarge it by singing loudly and often.

Breaking of a glass is traditional in some wedding ceremonies. This custom symbolizes different things. To some its the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem, and for some its the represents the fragility of a relationship.

Sir Christopher Wren was an astronomer and mathematician by profession, not an architect.

The shamrock, at one time called the "seamroy," symbolizes the cross and blessed trinity. Before the Christian era, it was a sacred plant of the Druids of Ireland because its leaves formed a triad. The well known legend of the shamrock connects it to St. Patrick and his teachings. While preaching outdoors, he is said to have illustrated the existence of the holy trinity or "Three in One" by plucking a shamrock from the grass growing at his feet and showing it to his congregation. The shamrock's legend is also connected with that of the banishment of the serpent tribe from Ireland by a tradition that snakes are never seen on a trefoil and that it is a remedy against the stings of snakes and scorpions.

No one has ever discovered two snowflakes with exactly the same crystal pattern.

The killer whale, or orca, is not a whale but the largest member of the dolphin family.

Baked beans are an extremely popular dish in Great Britain. The British, according to records, consume twice as much baked beans per capita as do Americans.
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The BRAT diet is a diet of bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast. The diet is often prescribed for infants with diarrhea.
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The first true calculator, the abacus, originated in China during the sixth century B.C. Its stone-like beads, shifted along vertical strings, enabled the Chinese to perform basic arithmetical operations with speed and accuracy, the test of a true computer. About 200 years after it was used by the Chinese, the abacus caught on in several Mediterranean civilizations.

Mark Twain referred to the accordion as the "stomach Steinway."

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