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Barbie's measurements if she were life size: 39-23-33.

Mary Katherine Campbell was the only woman to win the Miss America title twice, 1922 and 1923.

The world's first TV news helicopter was introduced by KTLA Channel 5 in Los Angeles on 4 July 1958.

The word "Checkmate" in chess comes from the Persian phrase "Shah Mat", which means "the king is dead".

The naval rank of "Admiral" is derived from the Arabic phrase "amir al bahr", which means "lord of the sea".

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The band Duran Duran got their name from an astronaut in the 1968 Jane Fonda movie Barbarella.

The only member of the band ZZ Top without a beard has the last name Beard.

The concerti on the information discs of the two Voyager probes are performed by famed Canadian pianist Glenn Gould.

Elvis had a twin brother named Jesse Garon, who died at birth, which is why Elvis' middle name was spelled Aron; in honor of his brother.

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Each unit on the Richter Scale has a shaking amplitude 10 times larger than a preceding number and an energy release factor of 31.6. An earthquake measuring 6 on the Richter Scale is almost 32 times more powerful than a 5. 2 is the smallest that can be felt unaided. Though the scale goes to 10, 9 is estimated to be the point of total tectonic destruction.

The Boston University Bridge (on Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts) is the only place in the world where a boat can sail under a train driving under a car driving under an airplane.

Montpelier, Vermont is the only U.S. state capital without a McDonalds.

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Lucifer is latin for "Light Bringer". It is a translation of the Hebrew name for Satan, Halael. Satan means "adversary", devil means "liar".

The "D" in D-day means "Day" or "on the day" as opposed to D+3 (the planned date plus 3 days).

To "testify" was based on men in the Roman court swearing to a statement made by swearing on their testicles.

The "L.L." in L.L. Bean stands for Leon Leonwood.

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Polar bears camouflage themselves more completely during a hunt by covering their black noses with their paws.

Polar bears' fur is not white, it's clear. Polar bear skin is actually black. Their hair is hollow and acts like fiber optics, directing sunlight to warm their skin.

One way to tell seals and sea lions apart is that, sea lions have external ears and testicles.

The average garden variety caterpillar has 248 muscles in its head.

An elephant can be pregnant for up to two years.

Reindeer like to eat bananas and rabbits love licorice.

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Mayonnaise was invented by the chef of the Duc de Richelieu in 1756.

The only "real" food that U.S. Astronauts are allowed to take into space is pecan nuts.

Blueberry Jelly Bellies were created especially for Ronald Reagan.

It takes about a half a gallon of water to cook macaroni, and about a gallon to clean the pot.

Coca-Cola contains neither coca nor cola.

The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.

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Air-filled tyres were used on bicycles before they were used on motorcars.

The paperclip was invented by Norwegian Johann Vaaler.

Music was sent down a telephone line for the first time in 1876, the year the phone was invented.

The can opener was invented 48 years after cans were introduced.

Traffic lights were used before the advent of the motorcar.