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A sloth's claws work opposite to human hands; their default position is a tight grip, and they must use force to open them.

This is why sloths can hang from trees while sleeping without falling.

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The world's longest recorded fart lasted for 2 minutes and 42 seconds. James

The first palindrome ever recorded was spoken in the Garden of Eden - "Madam I'm Adam". 

Termite "gas" is responsible for about 12% of natural methane emissions in the world.  

George Washington died in 1799; the first dinosaur fossil was discovered in 1824.

George Washington likely never knew dinosaurs existed.

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Originally, Wrigley's was a soap company that included free baking powder with their product.

When baking powder became their most popular item, the company began selling that with free chewing gum.

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'Phantom traffic jams' (jams that are not caused by collisions or roadwork) occur when a single driver brakes suddenly, causing each successive car to brake to a greater degree, creating a wave of slowed or stopped traffic.

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The unique smell of Crayola crayons comes from stearic acid, a derivative of beef fat.

In a 1982 study conducted by Yale University, Crayola crayons were among the top 20 most frequently identified scents.

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If your arm or hand falls asleep, rocking your head side to side will release
pressure on the nerves in your neck and can wake it up.

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If you've ever finished a great book and found yourself struggling to reconnect
with the real-world, you may have had what's called a "book hangover."

They can last for up to two weeks.

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14 hours ago, phkrause said:

Canada is the most educated country in the world. More than half of its residents have college degrees.

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That's one way of looking at it.

Here's another:

There are 3 rooms. Which of the rooms has the "most educated"?

  • One room has 251 people inside. 112 have college degrees, the rest do not.
  • The second room has 109 people inside. 55 have college degrees, the rest do not.
  • The third room has 30 people inside. 17 people have college degrees, the rest do not. 

 

 

 

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A 17th-century law in Massachusetts stated that women who lured men into marriage by wearing high-heeled shoes would be subject to the same treatment as witches.

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The two main cables on the Golden Gate Bridge contain 80,000 miles of steel wire.

When unravelled, they’re long enough to circle the world at the equator more than three times.

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By 1932, Mickey Mouse was becoming a role model for children, forcing Disney to take away his edge.

They wanted a character to portray the more negative qualities that could no longer be bestowed on Mickey, so they created a short-tempered character named Donald Duck.

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Owls do not have eyeballs.

They have long, tube-shaped eyes that are unable to turn in their sockets, which is why owls have to move their whole head to see in different directions.

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Introverts are more likely to be ‘natural’ social psychologists, according to researchers from Yale.

They’re particularly good at accurately evaluating truths about a person’s “social nature” without formal training or tools.

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George Washington declined to accept a presidential salary, but Congress voted to pay him $25,000 a year.

They wanted the president to take a salary (even if they didn't need it) to avoid conflicts of interest and show that anyone, and not just the elite, can become president.

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