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Cleopatra was the last of the Ptolemies to rule Egypt. When she committed suicide in 30 B.C., Rome annexed Egypt as a province.

Elizabeth Goose, who lived in Massachusetts in the late 1600's, is credited by some with the nursery rhymes read to us as children. However, most of those rhymes existed before her time in the form of satirical poems and drinking songs. Some were based on actual events or characters. Charles Perrault, a Frenchman, published a collection of these rhymes in 1697 and an illustration accompanying the text showed an old woman telling stories, with the words "Mother Goose" appearing behind her. The book was eventually published in England and the United States and more rhymes were added with each new publication. It wasn't until the 1800's that a relative of Mrs. Goose claimed the stories originated with Elizabeth.

In Australia, usual Boxing Day activities include surfing. Christmas comes to the land down under in the summer.
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About 24 percent of alcoholics die in accidents, falls, fires, and suicides.

The spiny cheek, starsnout poacher, and monkeyface prickleback are all names of fish.

According to U.S. law, a patent may not be granted on a useless invention, on a method of doing business, on mere printed matter, or on a device or machine that will not operate. Even if an invention is novel or new, a patent may not be obtained if the invention would have been obvious to a person having ordinary skill in the same area at the time of the invention.
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Some television families' home addresses: The Simpsons - 742 Evergreen Terrace, Springfield; The Bunkers (All In The Family) - 704 Hauser, Queens; The Munsters - 1313 Mockingbird Lane, Mockingbird Heights
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A green flash is sometimes seen just as the Sun sets or rises. This occurs because green light is bent most strongly by the atmosphere. So the green is seen before other colors at sunrise, and after the other colors have vanished at sunset.

Laptop computers and briefcases falling from the overhead bins onto passengers' heads may be the most common accident aboard an airplane.

During the Stalin era, education in Russia was stressed. As a result, a majority of Russian women and men are very intelligent and hold degrees. In fact, Russia's literacy rate is about 98 percent.

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