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Did You Know? - General Info - Part 2

  • The only "real" food that U.S. Astronauts are allowed to take into space is pecan nuts.
  • The word "queueing" is the only English word with five consecutive vowels.
  • The first Eagle Scout west of the Mississippi is buried in San Marcos, Texas.
  • In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.
  • Roberta Flack wrote "Killing Me Softly" about singer Don McLean.
  • The Greek version of the Old Testament is called the Septuagint.
  • Spencer Eldon was the name of the naked baby on the cover of Nirvana's album
  • All three major 1996 Presidential candidates, Clinton, Dole and Perot, are left-handed.
  • The Madagascan Hissing Cockroach is one of the few insects who give birth to live young, rather than laying eggs.
  • The book of Esther in the Bible is the only book which does not mention the name of God.
  • Sheriff came from Shire Reeve. During early years of feudal rule in England, each shire had a reeve who was the law for that shire. When the term was brought to the United States it was shortned to Sheriff.
  • An animal epidemic is called an epizootic.
  • Dracula is the most filmed story of all time, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is second and Oliver Twist is third.
  • The silhouette on the NBA logo is Jerry West.
  • The silhouette on the Major League Baseball logo is Harmon Killebrew.
  • The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the "General Purpose" vehicle, G.P.
  • The little lump of flesh just forward of your ear canal, right next to your temple, is called a tragus.
  • Soweto in South Africa ws derived from SOuth WEst TOwnship.
  • Murphy's Oil Soap is the chemical most commonly used to clean elephants.
  • The Andy Griffth Show was the first spin-off in TV history. It was a spin-off of the Danny Thomas Show.
  • Goat's eyes have rectangular pupils.
  • Walt Disney's autograph bears no resemblance to the famous Disney logo.
  • Other than humans, black lemurs are the only primates that may have blue eyes.
  • The United States has never lost a war in which mules were used.
  • The two longest one-syllable words in the English language are "screeched" and "strengths."
  • Great Britain was the first county to issue postage stamps. Hence, the postage stamps of Britain are the only stamps in the world not to bear the name of the country of origin. However, every stamp carries a relief image or a silhouette of the monarch's head instead.
  • Images for picture stamps in the United States are commissioned by the United States Postal Service Department of Philatelic Fulfillment.
  • Artist Constantino Brumidi fell from the done of the U.S. Capitol while painting a mural around the rim. He died four months later.
  • Since 1896, the beginning of the modern Olympics, only Greece and Australia have participated in every Games.
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