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Olympic badminton rules say that the shuttlecock has to have exactly 16 feathers. The best shuttles are made from the feathers from the left wing of a goose.
Sports » Olympics

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.
People

The rutabaga gets its name from the Swedish word “rotabagge,” or baggy root.
Food and Drink

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.
Holidays

In 1910, a football team was penalized 15 yards for an incomplete forward pass.
Sports » American Football

Dating back to the 1600's, thermometers were filled with Brandy instead of mercury.
Science and Technology

Early in his career, William F. Buckley, Jr. was employed as a Spanish teacher at Yale.
People

The name of the camel on the Camel cigarettes pack is Old Joe.
Miscellaneous

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.
History

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).
Entertainment » Movies

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