Ten Random Facts
The human brain is insensitive to pain. The suffering of a headache come not from the organ itself but from the nerve and muscles lining it.
The rutabaga gets its name from the Swedish word “rotabagge,” or baggy root.
The day before January 1 is called Silvester in Germany. The holiday is named after pope Silvester I, who died 335 A.D. Typically, Germans will meet somewhere or gather together in their houses on Silvester, waiting until midnight to celebrate the new year.
Dating back to the 1600's, thermometers were filled with Brandy instead of mercury.
Early in his career, William F. Buckley, Jr. was employed as a Spanish teacher at Yale.
The name of the camel on the Camel cigarettes pack is Old Joe.
Someone maliciously shouted "Fire!" at a copper miners' Christmas party in Calumet, Michigan, in 1913. Panic ensued and 72 lives — mostly children's — were lost.
Sergio Leone, director of Clint Eastwood's innovative Italian Westerns, turned down offers to direct "The Godfather" (1972) in favor of developing his dream project, which ultimately became "Once Upon a Time in America" (1984).
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