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The rings of a tree are always farther apart on the tree's southern side. Woodsmen often read tree rings to find the compass points.

Actor David McCallum was the son of the first violinist of the London Philharmonic, who led that orchestra in the film Prelude to Fame (1950).

Women were banned by royal decree from using hotel swimming pools in Jidda, Saudi Arabia, in 1979.
Laws and Customs

The leafy vegetable bok choy translates from a Chinese dialect as “white vegetable."
Food and Drink

A dog's mucus membrane is the size of fifty postage stamps.

According to sources, actress Meg Ryan's full name given at birth is Margaret Mary Emily Ann Hyra Ryan.

Walt Disney's family dog was named Lady. She was a poodle.
Entertainment » Disney

Maine is the only state in the United States whose name is just one syllable.
Words and Numbers

Reportedly, beavers mate for life.

Director David Fincher shot more than 1,500 reels of film for the box office hit "Fight Club" (1999), more than three times the normal amount.
Entertainment » Movies

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