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Of the 15,000-odd known species of orchids in the world, 3,000 of them can be found in Brazil.
Plants

In 1590, Santorio Sanctorius showed how to measure temperature and pulse. That same year he created the science of physiology.
People

Coffee was twice as likely as fruit to be on the breakfast menu of adult Americans in 2000, despite concerted public-health efforts to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables.
Food and Drink

Flying in a typical loose formation, a starling flock will suddenly close ranks in response to the appearance of a falcon. The falcon won't dive into a tight flock where it might be injured and it is unable to strike at a single bird.
Animals

Europeans drink more wine than Americans. France and Italy produce over 40 percent of all wine consumed in the world.
Food and Drink

Dinner plates that once belonged to President John F. Kennedy are on display at the Liberace Museum in Las Vegas.
Miscellaneous

100 grams of cricket contains: 121 calories, 12.9 grams of protein, 5.5 grams of fat, 5.1 grams of carbohydrates, 75.8 milligrams of calcium, 185.3 of phosphorous, 9.5 milligrams of iron, 0.36 milligrams of thiamin, 1.09 milligrams of riboflavin, and 3.10 milligrams of niacin.
Statistics

For two years, Jacqueline Lee Bouvier worked as a photographer and columnist for the Washington Times-Herald, until her marriage in September 1953 to Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts.
People » US Presidents

Because it is continually losing body heat, the shrew must keep moving to stay warm. If inactive for more than a few hours, the animal will lose enough body heat to freeze to death.
Animals

Historians believe that Judas Iscariot, the betrayer of Jesus, was a redhead.
People

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