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Kulang, China runs seven centers for recycled toothpicks. People bringing used toothpicks to the recycling centers are paid the equivalent of 35 cents per pound.

Mr. Blackwell, the self-proclaimed fashion judge of Hollywood celebrities, put out his 41st "Worst Dressed List" in January 2001 for the year 2000. On singer Britney Spears, he barbed, "Oops, she did it again. Her bra-topped collection of Madonna rejects are pure fashion overkill.'' On Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie: "Fashion interrupted. Hit by a Gen-X Gothic hex."

"Toboggan" is derived from the Algonquin language and loosely meant "instrument with which to drag a cord."
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Once an orange is squeezed or cut, the vitamin C dissipates quickly. After only 8 hours at room temperature or a scant 24 hours in the refrigerator, there is a 20 percent vitamin C loss.
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The single blade window cleaning squeegee was invented in 1936 by Ettore Sceccone and is still the most common form of commercial window cleaning today.
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Key West, Florida, is the top-ranking American city for warmth, with an annual average temperature of 77.7o F; International Falls, Minnesota, is the coldest, with an annual average of 36.4o F.

Being made up of mainly gas, the entire planet of Saturn would float in water.

The fastest temperature change on record is a rise of 49 F in two minutes, from -4 to 45 F. This occurred in Spearfish, South Dakota, January 1943, between 7:30 and 7:32 a.m.

The Academy Award statue is reportedly named after a librarian's uncle. One day, Margaret Herrick, librarian for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, made a remark that the statue looked like her Uncle Oscar, and the name stuck. There are other sources citing that it was Bette Davis who gave the statue its nickname.

In ancient Greece, courtesans wore sandals with nails studded into the sole so that their footprints would leave the message "Follow me".

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