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The musical term "honky tonk" comes from black slang for "gin mill" later it was used to describe spirited music that thrived in such places in the 1930s.
Entertainment

A donkey will sink in quicksand but a mule won't.
Animals

There was a time when every single source of heat and illumination in a home was activated not by flipping a switch or pushing a button, but by striking a match. Stick matches were kept all around the house. Some were kept in a tin holder on the kitchen wall next to the stove, and others in more decorative containers throughout the house.
Inventions

Heavily cultivated, though it may have been in England, the leek is the national emblem of Wales.
Food and Drink

Jell-O is made of hydrolyzed collagen, which is partially decomposed protein taken from cow and pig hides, hooves, bones, and connective tissue. The protein in these animal materials is broken down with an alkaline solution and then extracted with hot water.
Food and Drink

The first United States coast to coast airplane flight occurred in 1911 and took 49 days.
History

In the 72 years of the Academy Awards existence, only three films have swept all five categories in Best Picture, Best Directing, Best Actor and Actress, and Best Writing. They are 1934's "It Happened One Night," 1975's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," and 1991's "The Silence of the Lambs."
Entertainment » Movies

About 43% of convicted criminals in the U.S. are rearrested within a year of being released from prison.
Surveys

The epididymis, the tube that carries spermatozoa, is 15 to 20 feet long in an adult male.
People

While Theodore Roosevelt was campaigning in Milwaukee in 1912, a would-be assassin fired a bullet into the right side of his chest. Much of the slug's force was absorbed by his eyeglasses case and the 50-page speech he was carrying double-folded in his breast pocket. Nevertheless, the bullet lodged itself just short of his lung, and, dripping in blood, Roosevelt pulled himself up to the podium. He asked the horrified crowd to please "...be very quiet and excuse me from making a long speech. I'll do the best I can, but there's a bullet in my body. . . I have a message to deliver, and I will deliver it as long as there is life in my body." He spoke for 90 minutes, but was unable to refer to his text because of the gaping hole torn by the bullet.
People » US Presidents

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