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"Uncle Jumbo" was the nickname of President Grover Cleveland.
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Because of its size, the Pentagon operates much like a small city; it has it's own shopping mall, bank, power plant, water and sewage facilities, fire station, police force, fast food restaurants and a "mayor".

Public sanitation was at an all-time low during the Middle Ages. Garbage was piled up so high outside the city of Paris during the 1400s that it interfered with the city's defenses.

The Greeks were the first people to study history. In 5 B.C., Greek historian Herodotus began writing a true account of the wars between the Persians and the Greeks.

FBI agents were first allowed to carry guns in 1934, 26 years after the agency was established.
Laws and Customs

The longest leaf in the world belongs to the raffia palm and can reach up to 65 feet long. The second longest leaf belongs to the fan palm and can reach up to 20 feet in length.

More Americans have died in automobile accidents than have died in all the wars ever fought by the United States.

In parts of Alaska, it's illegal to feed alcohol to a moose.
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Electric lights were installed in the White House during Benjamin Harrison's term. His wife never used them because she was frightened of the switches.
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The first U.S. consumer product sold in the old Soviet Union was Pepsi-Cola.
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