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While many people believe that a camel's humps are used for water storage, they are actually made up of fat. The hump of a well-rested, well-fed camel can weigh up to eighty pounds.

Annually on October 13, the ancient Romans celebrated the Fontinalia, a feast in honor of the blessing of good water, in which wells and fountains were garlanded and had sacrificial offerings made to them.

44% have broken a bone.

Cooking and salad oils could lubricate machinery, such as cars and boats, according to Penn State chemical engineers. Tests found that when blended with an additive developed at Penn State, some vegetable oils perform as well as or better than commercial oils.

Beer is made by fermentation cause by bacteria feeding on yeast cells and then defecating. In other words, it's a nice tall glass of bacteria doo-doo.
Food and Drink

In Jalisco, Mexico, the harp was significant in the development of mariachi music, which originally featured only string instruments.
Entertainment » Music

The original name for the butterfly was "flutterby."
Words and Numbers

Entertainers who were boxers in the early days of their careers include Roy Clark, Bo Diddley, Bob Hope, John Huston, Martin Lawrence, Ryan O'Neal, and Rod Serling.

On TV game shows, a contestant who freezes before the camera is called a "Bambi," in reference to a deer paralyzed by the glare of headlights.
Entertainment » Television

Before the Civil War, the United States government had offered the highly respected Robert E. Lee the position of Commander of Union forces.

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