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The game of a cats' cradle two players alternately strength a looped string over their fingers to produce different designs has been around since about 1760.
History

Food experts say biscuits should rise to two times their original height when baked.
Food and Drink

It takes 3,000 seeds from the giant sequoia tree to weigh one ounce.
Statistics

The owl parrot can't fly, and builds its nest under tree roots.
Animals

The generic name of the drug methadone is dolophine. It was named in honor of Adolph Hitler.
Words and Numbers

A claymore was a two-handed sword with a double-edged blade and used by Scottish Highlanders in the sixteenth century.
Miscellaneous

The first college commencement exercises within a prison were held in the Jackson State Prison in Jackson, Michigan. Twenty associate degrees were presented to inmates on January 20, 1975.
History

Today companies like Brach's Confections, Ferrara Pan Candy Co., Tootsie Roll Industries, American Licorice, and Archibald Candy still call Chicago home. Mars, Inc. and Nestle also have manufacturing plants in Chicago.
Food and Drink

In Japan, Western Electric first sold equipment in 1890, then in 1899 helped form the Nippon Electric Company (NEC). This was Japan's first joint venture with an American firm.
Miscellaneous

In a year, the average person walks four miles making his or her bed.
Statistics

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