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The first manager of the Seattle Space Needle, Hoge Sullivan, was acrophobic – fearful of heights. The 605-foot-tall Space Needle is fastened to its foundation with 72 bolts, each 30 feet long. The Space Needle sways approximately 1 inch for every 10 mph of wind. It was built to withstand a wind velocity of 200 miles per hour.

They call it puppy love: An American Animal Hospital Association poll showed that 33% of dog owners admit that they talk to their dogs on the phone or leave messages on an answering machine while away.

Early guns took so long to load and fire that bows and arrows — in trained hands — were twelve times more efficient.

A coward was originally a boy who took care of cows.
Words and Numbers » Word Roots

The Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota is the size of 78 football fields – 9.5 million square feet.

Both Paul Newman and Tom Selleck turned down the lead role in the film "Witness" (1985). Film producer Edward S. Feldman was looking for a "Gary Cooper-type" to play the part of the Philadelphia cop who hid out among the Amish. His final choice was Harrison Ford, who had also accepted another lead role turned down by Selleck – that of archeologist Indiana Jones in "Raiders of the Lost Ark." "Witness" was the first big box office hit that year.
Entertainment » Movies

In the 1931 Rose Bowl game, "Five-Yard" Fogerty carried 25 times and gained exactly 5 yards on each carry. It was in that game that teammates celebrated the oddity of Fogerty's achievement by slapping palms – this practice is now known as exchanging "high fives." The results of that game were Alabama, 24, Washington State, 0. Fogerty played one year of professional football before breaking his leg in a skiing accident. He became a bank president in Wichita, Kansas. Sadly, he died five days before his retirement.
Sports » American Football

More species of fish live in a single tributary of the Amazon River than in all the rivers in North America combined.

The record for the world’s worst drivers is a toss-up between two candidates: First, a 75-year-old man who received 10 traffic tickets, drove on the wrong side of the road four times, committed four hit-and-run offenses, an caused six accidents, all within 20 minutes on October 15, 1966. Second, a 62-year-old woman who failed her driving test 40 times before passing it in August, 1970 (by that time, she had spent over $700 in lessons, and could no longer afford to buy a car).
People » Crimes & Dumb Criminals

There are more than 100,000 different species of butterflies.
Animals » Insects

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