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If Earth's axis was not tilted, there would be 12-hour days everywhere, and no seasons. At the poles, the Sun would always be on the horizon.
Environment

In 1918 and 1919, a world epidemic of simple influenza killed 20 million people in the United States and Europe.
Statistics

Because baby pigs grow so quickly, a succession of 48 little pigs were used in the title role during the filming of the 1995 movie hit Babe.
Animals

The Sun gives off a stream of electrically-charged particles called the solar wind. Every second, the Sun pumps more than a million tons of material into the solar wind.
Space

The earliest recorded windmills were in Iran in 700 A.D. These simple mills were used to grind corn.
Structures

How do marine mammals such as dolphins and whales manage to sleep without drowning? Half their brain sleeps while the other half stays awake and handles the breathing and swimming chores. So they literally sleep with one eye open.
Animals

Parody singer/composer “Weird” Al Yankovich earned an architecture degree from California Polytechnic State University.
Entertainment

For many years, the globe on the NBC Nightly News spun in the wrong direction. On January 2, 1984, NBC finally set the world spinning back in the proper direction.
Entertainment » Television

The average lifespan of the hedgehog is 10 years.
Animals

To save money on your food bill, look down. Less costly items are often on bottom shelves, whereas more expensive ones are placed at eye level.
Food and Drink

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