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Dr. John Gorrie of Appalachicola, Florida, invented mechanical refrigeration in 1851. He patented his device on May 6, 1851. There is a statue which honors this "Father of Modern Day Air Conditioning" in the Statuary Hall of the Capitol building in Washington, DC.
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If you attempted to count the stars in a galaxy at a rate of one every second, it would take around 3,000 years to count them all.

The nest of the African Grey Parrot is a hole in a large tree. The bird uses no nesting material. It lays its eggs in the wood dust at the bottom of the nest-holes, which are about 2 to 6 feet deep (60 to 200 cm).

Theodore Roosevelt was the first U.S. president to ride in an automobile.
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There are more plastic lawn flamingos in the United States than real ones.

According to one source, a frog used to be on the French flag before the Fleurs de Lis was adopted when King Clovis took the throne.

The electric eel's shocking power is so great that it can overtake its victims while 15 feet away.

A kind of tortoise in the Galapagos Islands has an upturned shell at its neck so it can reach its head up to eat cactus branches.

If population continues to expand at its present rate, Calcutta, India, will have a population of 66 million in the year 2000.

The central shaft of a bird's feather, which bears the web or vane of the feather, is called a rachis.

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