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There are no penguins at the North Pole. In fact, there are no penguins anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere (outside of zoos). All 17 varieties of the bird are found below the equator, primarily in the Antarctica.

Unlike most other large cats, snow leopards cannot roar.

Old Polish legends have attached the egg to Easter celebrations. One legend concerning the Virgin Mary told of when she gave eggs to the soldiers at the cross of Jesus. She entreated them to be less cruel as she wept. The tears of Mary fell upon the eggs, spotting them with dots of brilliant color.

Plants that are dependent on bats for pollination include bananas, dates, figs, cashews, avocados, saguaros, organ pipes, century plants, cloves, mangoes, breadfruit, carob, kapok, and almost every tropical night-blooming plant. Without bats, there would be no tequila.

To test avocados, mangoes, or papayas for ripeness, gently fondle the fruit never squeeze it and if the flesh yields to the touch, it's ready to eat.
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For more than 100 years, the scientific argument has persisted as to whether giant pandas belong to the bear family, the raccoon family, or a separate family of their own. the giant panda and its cousin, the lesser or red panda, share many characteristics with both bears and raccoons, Recent DNA analysis shows that giant pandas are more closely related to bears; red pandas are more closely related to raccoons.

Although most Americans were not concerned about the impact Y2K would have on them personally at midnight on January 1, 2000, they showed greater concern about the effect it could have on others. According to a Gallup poll, 48 percent thought this computer problem would cause major problems around the world.

The hardness of ice is similar to that of concrete.

Foam rubber is a flexible, porous substance made from a natural or synthetic latex, which is compounded with assorted ingredients and whipped into a froth. The finished product contains about 85 percent air and 15 percent rubber. It is also called sponge rubber or latex foam.

5,840 people with pillow related injuries checked into U.S. emergency rooms in 1992.

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