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A car uses 1.6 ounces of gas idling for one minute. Half an ounce is used to start the average automobile.

The one extra room new-home shoppers want the most is the laundry room, at 95 percent. Only 66 percent of new-home buyers request an extra room to use as an office.

Ansel Adams was inspired by and became close friends with Alfred Steigliez, whose wife was Georgia O'Keefe, herself an extremely successful painter.

Mercury has been known since about the third millennium B.C. The planet was given two names by the Greeks: Apollo, for its apparition as a morning star, and Hermes as an evening star. Greek astronomers knew, however, that the two names referred to the same body.

Armadillos are the only animal besides humans that can get leprosy.

Over 15 billion prizes have been given away in Cracker Jacks boxes.

Popular in the Netherlands is a mixture of string beans and navy beans. The Dutch call the dish a “blote billetjes in bet gras,” which translates as, “bare buttocks in the grass.”
Food and Drink

In the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico, weaving skills are treasured, and a colorful, well-made shawl worn by an unmarried woman advises potential husbands of its wearer's dexterity.
Laws and Customs

There are 10 trillion living cells in the human body.
Medicine and Health

Each red blood cell lives an average of 4 months and travels between the lungs and other tissues 75,000 times before returning to the bone marrow to die.
Medicine and Health

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