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The longest stick insect is the sawfooted stick insect. It can grow up to 13 inches (33 centimeters).
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Only three of the first presidents of the United States had middle names. It was rare, in fact, for anyone to be graced with more than one given name until about 1750.
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The duration record for a face-slapping contest was set in Kiev, USSR, in 1931 when a draw was declared between Bezbordny and Goniusch after 30 hours.

In one year, the average human heart circulates from 770,000 to 1.6 million gallons of blood through the body. This is enough fluid to fill 200 tank cars, each with a capacity of 8,000 gallons.

Chickpeas were believed to be a powerful aphrodisiac, especially for men. The Romans fed them to their stallions.
Food and Drink

A latitudinarian is someone who tolerates all religions or beliefs.
Words and Numbers

Bacteria, the tiniest free-living cells, are so small that a single drop of liquid may contain 50 million of them.

Japan is expected to overtake Sweden as the world's most geriatric nation by the year 2005.

On January 22, 1976, a guerrilla force blasted into the vaults of the British Bank of the Middle East in Bab Idriss, cleaning out the contents of the safe deposit. The boxes of cash and other valuables were estimated by former finance minister Lucien Dahdah at $50 million. It was the single most lucrative bank robbery in history, occurring during the worst civil unrest period ever in Beirut, Lebanon.

The average brain comprises 2 percent of a person's total body weight. Yet it requires 25 percent of all oxygen used by the body, as opposed to 12 percent used by the kidneys and 7 percent by the heart.

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