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22% leave the glob of toothpaste in the sink.

An ox is a castrated bull. A mule is a sterile cross between a male ass and a female horse.

A sneeze can travel as fast as 100 miles per hour. It is impossible to sneeze and keep one's eyes open at the same time.

When surprised on the ground, California quails explode in flight. Unlike their relatives the bobwhites, they don't all fly at once and they scatter in different directions.

Kernels of popcorn were found in the graves of pre-Columbian Indians.
Food and Drink

It has been a papal tradition since 1857 to visit the Roman statue of the immaculate Mary on December 8th and crown it with a garland of flowers. Following this act by the Pope, the faithful then place flowers at the base of the column in homage to Jesus' mother. Designed by Luigi Poletti and located in Rome's Spanish Square, the structure is an ancient Roman column topped by a statue of Mary, in honor of her Immaculate Conception. Pope John Paul II was the first to pay homage.

A dragonfly flaps its wings 20 to 40 times a second, bees and houseflies 200 times, some mosquitoes 600 times, and a tiny gnat 1,000 times.
Animals » Insects

A single California avocado tree can produce up to 60 pounds of avocado every year. This is approximately 120 pieces of the green fruit.
Food and Drink

Fleas can jump more than 200 times their body length.
Animals » Insects

The Chicago Tribune purchased the Chicago Cubs baseball team from the P.K. Wrigley Chewing Gum Company for $20.5 million in 1981. The sale ended the longest continuous ownership of a team that stayed in its original city, which had been 60 years.
Sports » Baseball

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