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The translucent roof is 50 meters high at the center and strong enough to support a jumbo jet.

Assuming a rate of one drop per second, a leaking faucet wastes about 900 gallons of water a year.

President John F. Kennedy made a historic speech in the city of West Berlin in Germany in 1963. He proudly proclaiming in German, "I am a Berliner!" The word Berliner in German, however, has two meanings. It does mean a citizen of Berlin. But it also means a type of jelly doughnut found in many of the city's pastry shops. When Kennedy spoke, he said "Ich bin ein Berliner!," which meant literally "I am a jelly doughnut!" He should have said, "Ich bin Berliner!, or "I am of Berlin!"
People » US Presidents

The ostrich has four eyelids. The inner lids are for blinking and keeping the eyeballs moist, the outer lids for casting come-hither glances at potential mates.

The orange things that crossing guards, construction and high way workers, etc. wear is called a retroreflective vest, or "International Orange".

A man irate about his income tax paid Uncle Sam with a plaster of Paris check that weighed several pounds. He wasn't all that bright, because once the government cashed the check, it was returned to him and he had to keep it for five years for his records.

Table tennis was originally played with balls made from champagne corks and paddles made from cigar-box lids. It was created in the 1880s by James Gibb, a British engineer who wanted an invigorating game he could play indoors when it was raining. Named "Gossima," the game was first marketed with celluloid balls, which replaced Gibb's corks. After the equipment manufacturer renamed the game "Ping-Pong" in 1901, it became a hot seller.

The highest mountain in the British Isles, Ben Nevis in western Scotland, is just 4,406 feet high. In many other countries, a "mountain" of this size would be considered something less than a large hill.
Geography » Europe

The average person's hand flexes its finger joints 25 million times during a lifetime.

California state law allows thirteen species of rockfish to be called Pacific red snapper when sold at market. These include bocaccio, chilipepper, yellowtail, vermilion, widow, and olive rockfish. However, none of these fish is a true red snapper, which is an Atlantic species not found on the West Coast.
Laws and Customs

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