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Wrinkles occur when the collagen supporting the skin stretches and loosens. The ultraviolet light found in sunlight speed up the slackening of collagen, so exposed areas wrinkle faster.
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A typical lightning bolt is only two to four inches wide, but two miles long.
Statistics

Elvis Presley received his U.S. army discharge on March 5, 1960.
Entertainment » Music

Inspired by Lord Baden-Powell's Boys Scouts in Britain, Juliette Gordon Low founded the Girl Scouts (called Girl Guides at that time) in the United States in Savannah, Georgia, in 1912. The first troop was comprised of 18 girls; one of the girls was Low's niece, Daisy.
People

The stomach must produce a new layer of mucus every 2 weeks or it will digest itself.
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Meadowcroft Rock Shelter in Washington County Pennsylvania is the earliest documented place of human habitation in the Western Hemisphere. Studies done by anthropologist, Dr. James Adovasio, in the summers of 1973, 1974, and 1975, found evidence of early civilizations. Carbon dating revealed the remains were from human habitants living in the area 16,240 years ago.
Geography » US

On "forever-39" Jack Benny's 80th birthday, Frank Sinatra gave him two copies of the book "Life Begins at Forty."
People

Sleeping Beauty's name was Princess Aurora. The prince who woke her with a kiss was Prince Philip.
Entertainment

Cornelius Swarthout patented the first waffle iron in Troy, New York, in 1869.
Inventions

315 entries in Webster's 1996 Dictionary were misspelled.
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