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The rapid, irregular eye movement that occurs when changing focus from one point to another, as while reading or looking out from a moving train, is called saccade.
People

The world's first roller-skating rink, Belgravia Skating Rink, was opened to the public in Great Britain on August 2, 1875.
Structures

Several actresses have been nominated in both the Academy Awards' Supporting Actress and Leading Actress categories in the same year. The first was Fay Bainter, in 1938, who won Supporting Actress for her role in “Jezebel” and was also nominated for Leading Actress for “White Banners.” In 1942, Teresa Wright won Supporting Actress for “Mrs. Miniver” while also nominated for Leading Actress for “The Pride of the Yankees.” In 1982, Jessica Lange also won Supporting Actress for “Tootsie” and was nominated for Leading Actress in “Frances.” Sigourney Weaver was nominated in both categories in 1988, “Gorillas in the Mist” for Leading Actress and “Working Girl” for Supporting Actress- she lost both. Holly Hunter won Leading Actress for “The Piano” in 1993, and had a nomination for “The Firm” and Supporting Actress. The same year, Emma Thompson had and lost nominations in both categories as well.
Entertainment » Movies

On February 14, 1803, Moses Coates patented the apple parer.
Inventions

Something that is funny, or is able to or inclined to incite laughter, is "risible."
Words and Numbers

France has had the most nominations for Foreign Language Films at the Academy Awards with a total of 30. However, Italy has had the most Foreign Language Film wins with 10.
Entertainment » Movies

Goldfish lose their color if they are kept in a dim light or they are placed in a body of running water, such as a stream. They remain gold when kept in a pond or in a bowl with adequate illumination.
Animals

William Henry Harrison's campaign for president was known as the "Log Cabin Campaign." It emphasized that Harrison was a man of the common people who lived in a log cabin. In reality, Harrison was rather wealthy.
People » US Presidents

In 1911 there were a mere 303,000 telephones in use in Canada. These days there are more than 18 million.
Technology

The first merchandise item to feature Mickey Mouse was a child's school tablet in 1929.
Entertainment » Disney

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