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The gravitational pull of a black hole is so strong that if a two-pound book were brought within twenty feet of a black hole, the book would weigh more than all the world's population combined.
Space

The Giant cricket of Africa enjoys eating human hair.
Animals » Insects

A car traveling at a constant speed of 60 miles per hour would take over 48 million years to reach the nearest star (other than our sun), Proxima Centauri. This is about 685,000 average human lifetimes.
Science and Technology

Plutonium - first weighed on August 20th, 1942, by University of Chicago scientists Glenn Seaborg and his colleagues - was the first man-made element.
Science and Technology

The world's biggest trap (called a bunker in Europe) is Hell's Half Acre on the 535 m 585 yd seventh hole of the Pine Valley course, Clementon, NJ, built in 1912 and generally regarded as the world's most trying course.
Records

An elephant, despite its ponderous appearance, can reach speeds up to 25 miles per hours on an open stretch.
Animals

When police arrived in Appleton, Wisconsin to remove a woman's children because of a complaint that she had given her 11-year-old daughter a "swirlie" (Holding her head in a flushing toilet). The woman reportedly said, "I haven't had a vacation in 13 years, go ahead and take them!"
People » Crimes & Dumb Criminals

An alligator can go through 2,000 to 3,000 teeth in a lifetime.
Animals

Long before The Tonight Show, Jay Leno was a regular cast member on the 1977 TV variety show The Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. Show.
Entertainment » Television

Italy: 'chiocciolina' - which, in Italian, means 'little snail' France: 'petit escargot' - also 'little snail' Germany: 'klammeraffe' - which means 'spider monkey'. Dutch: 'api' - a shortened version of 'apestaart' or 'monkey's tail'. Finland: 'miau' or 'cat's tail'. Norway: 'kanel-bolle', a spiral shaped cinnamon cake Israel: 'shtrudel' - following the pastry concept Denmark: 'snabel', an 'A' with a trunk. Spain: 'arroba'. the Spanish symbol for a unit of weight of about 25 pounds.
Words and Numbers » Word Roots

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