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The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, houses the world's largest and most significant collection of popular artist Rockwell's work, including 574 original paintings and drawings. The museum features original art materials, his library, furnishings and personal items. It also houses the Norman Rockwell Archives, a collection of more than 100,000 items, including working photographs, fan mail, personal calendars, and business documents.

In December 1998, Furby manufacturer Hasbro, Inc. agreed to pay a large, undisclosed amount to Warner Bros., the studio that made the films Gremlins and Gremlins 2: The New Batch. The films featured a cuddly Gremlin named Gizmo, to which Furbys closely resembled.

Ulcers seem to be aggravated more by decaffeinated coffee than by regular coffee. The effects of decaffeinated coffee were compared to those of peptone, a product of protein digestion considered the strongest stimulant of acid secretion in the stomach. Analysis of stomach contents by the Center for Ulcer Research and Education in California revealed that drinking decaffeinated coffee produced more gastric acids than that produced by peptone.

Leslie Gore's hit single, "It's My Party," rose to the Number 1 spot on Billboard's record charts on June 1, 1963. It stayed there for two weeks. Gore was just 17 when she recorded the song, and she became one of the youngest solo female artists in music history to top the charts.
Entertainment » Music

The Vicksburg National Cemetery is the second oldest in the country.

Unknown people made the first glassware about 3,500 years ago in Mesopotamia.

What would eventually become one of the world's most prestigious museums, the Louvre Museum opened in Paris in 1793. Until the French Revolution, the King's art collection had been strictly for the private pleasure of the Court, but revolutionary leaders decided to open the collection to the public. Among some of its most famous art pieces, the Louvre houses, the Joconde (Mona Lisa), Venus de Milo, the Winged Victory of Samothrace, and the Liberty Leading the People.

Bavarian immigrant Charles August Fey invented the first three-reel automatic payout slot machine, the Liberty Bell, in San Francisco in 1899.
People » Inventors

Alcoholic lemonade is outselling premium bottled lagers in United Kingdom pubs, according to a report in NASFT Showcase magazine.
Food and Drink

Hedgehog quills are not barbed or poisonous. Hedgehogs do apply a foamy, foul-tasting saliva to their quills, which protects the animals from predators.

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