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President James Garfield could write Latin with one hand and Greek with the other simultaneously. Leonardo da Vinci could draw with one hand and write with the other also simultaneously.
People » US Presidents

The sale of chewing gum is outlawed in Singapore because it is a means of "tainting an environment free of dirt."
Laws and Customs

Most dairy cows give more milk when they are kept reasonably cool.
Animals

Starbuck, a Canadian bull who sired 200,000 dairy cows and equal number of bulls in his life, earned an estimated $25 million before he died in 1998. After his death, his frozen semen was still selling for $250 a dose.
Animals

An insect exerts so much energy in one hour of flying that it may lose as much as a third of its total body weight.
Animals » Insects

The nematode Caenorhabditis elegans ages the equivalent of five human years for every day they live, so they usually die after about fourteen days. When stressed, though, the worm goes into a comatose state that can last for two or more months. The human equivalent would be to sleep for about two hundred years.
Animals

A King Cobra is the biggest of all poisonous snakes and can grow to over 13 feet long. A bite from a King Cobra can kill an elephant in 4 hours.
Animals

At last count there were about 226,000 trees in New York's Central Park.
Plants

In 1971, at Memorial Hospital in New York City, a woman weigting less than 100 pounds ran a fever of 114 F and survived without brain damage or physiological after effects.
Miscellaneous

Per capita, it is safer to live in New York City than it is to live in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
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