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The movie company Warner Brothers threatened to sue Groucho Marx, leader of the famous Marx Brothers comedy team, for giving his newest film the title A Night in Casablanca because it was too similar to their Bogart-Bergman film Casablanca. In response, the ascerbic Groucho growled back, "I'll sue you for using the word ‘Brothers'."

A parrots beak can close with a force close to 350 pounds per square inch.

The most venomous of all snakes, the Inland Taipan, has enough venom in one bite to kill more than 200,000 mice.

Americans could reduce waste by cutting down on the packaging that surrounds their products: It accounts for one-third of the trash in landfills.

The U.S. interstate highway system requires that 1 mile in every 5 must be straight. These sections can be used as airstrips in a time of war or other emergencies.
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The word "idiot" is derived from a Greek word that originally meant merely a private citizen or layman.
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The Procrastinators Club of America sends news to its members under the masthead "Last Month's Newsletter."

When the Sacajawea dollar coin was launched in 2000, a half billion coins were issued within 14 weeks of the first ones rolling off the mint presses. It took the Susan B. Anthony dollar 14 years to reach that much circulation. The "Sackie," with its golden patina, was hoarded by collectors at an average rate of 13 coins per person in the United States when it was first issued.

Mohammed founded Islam in 610. He was 40 years old.

Escape maps, compasses, and files were inserted into Monopoly game boards and smuggled into POW camps inside Germany during W.W.II; real money for escapees was slipped into the packs of Monopoly money.

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