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The oldest city in Britain is Ripon, which received its original charter in 886.

The Alaskan island of Little Diomede is only 2 ½ miles away from the Russian coast.

More than one-third, 38 percent, of adults have lied about what something cost.

The Amazon River's flow is 12 times that of the Mississippi. The South American river disgorges as much water in a day as the Thames carries past London in a year.

More wool comes from the state of Texas than any other state in the United States. Edwards Plateau in west central Texas is the top sheep growing area in the country.

Most American-made car horns beep in the tone of "F."

“Hey Jude” by the Beatles had the longest running time of any British Number 1 hit ever. The second longest was “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen.

“The Nutcracker” ballet has inspired many other artists. Thousands of live productions, over 300 recordings, 40 videos, and 200 books have dealt with the ballet. Even Nancy Drew paid homage to the ballet in Mystery #110, “The Nutcracker Ballet Mystery.”

Death at an early age: Nearly half of deaths among Canadian children and teenagers ages 10 to 19 are due to external causes, most commonly, car accidents. Among teens 15 to 19, suicide is the second leading cause of death, accounting for about 25 per cent of teenage deaths.

Retirement planning time: Adults spend an average of 16 times as many hours selecting clothes (145.6 hours a year) as they do on planning their retirement.

The New York Post, established in 1803, is the country's oldest running newspaper.

They call it puppy love: An American Animal Hospital Association poll showed that 33 percent of dog owners admit that they talk to their dogs on the phone or leave messages on an answering machine while away.

USA Today reported in 1998 that more than 40 percent of American households with children have guns.

100 grams of cricket contains: 121 calories, 12.9 grams of protein, 5.5 grams of fat, 5.1 grams of carbohydrates, 75.8 milligrams of calcium, 185.3 of phosphorous, 9.5 milligrams of iron, 0.36 milligrams of thiamin, 1.09 milligrams of riboflavin, and 3.10 milligrams of niacin.

A "hairbreadth away" is 1/48 of an inch.

The Pentagon in Washington, D.C., has five sides, five stories, and five acres in the middle.

A 1991 Gallup survey indicated that 49 percent of Americans didn't know that white bread is made from wheat.

The percentage of income tax paid by the average American has more than doubled since 1953. In 1953 the average family paid 11 percent of its income out in taxes. In 1976 it paid 23 percent.

The average 6-month accumulation of barnacles on the hull of a ship can produce enough drag to force the vessel to burn 40 percent more fuel than normal when cruising.

The population of Colombia doubles every 22 years.

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