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Old Mar 22, 2002, 02:34 AM   #1
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Default Trivia du Jour, Part VI

Ben and Jerry's, one of the world's most famous ice cream
manufacturers, sends the waste from making ice cream to
local pig farmers to use as feed. Pigs love the stuff, except
for one flavor: Mint Oreo.

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Old Mar 22, 2002, 02:34 AM   #2
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The Antpitta avis canis Ridgley is a bird that looks like a
stuffed duck on stilts and barks like a dog! Thirty of these
birds were discovered in the Andes in Ecuador in June 1998.
It apparently had gone undetected because it lives in remote
parts and, of course, doesn't sing. The size of a duck, it is one
of the largest birds discovered in the last 50 years.


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Old Mar 22, 2002, 02:35 AM   #3
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The first political poll was taken in 1824 to assess voters'
preferences in the presidential election. Citizens were asked
whom they preferred. The results, published in the Harrisburg
Pennsylvanian on July 24, 1824, gave Andrew Jackson a
commanding lead over John Quincy Adams and all others.
However, Adams won the election. (We STILL haven't gotten
the knack to this day!!)


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Old Mar 22, 2002, 02:35 AM   #4
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The strongest bone in the body, the thigh bone, is hollow.
Ounce for ounce, it has a greater pressure tolerance and
bearing strength than a rod of equivalent size in cast steel.


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Old Mar 22, 2002, 03:02 AM   #5
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The only married couple to fly together in space were Jan
Davis and Mark Lee, who flew aboard the Endeavour space
shuttle from September 12-20, 1992.


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The X's that people sometimes put at the ends of letters or
notes to mean a kiss, actually started back in the 1000's
when lords would sign their names at the end of documents.
It was originally a cross which they would kiss to signify that
they were loyal to both God and their King. Over time, it became
slanted into the " X" we use today.


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Margaret Herrick, while working for the Academy of Motion
Pictures Arts and Sciences as a librarian, happened to remark
that the statue for the Academy Awards looked like one of
her uncles. The name stuck and it is still the name of one of the
most coveted awards in Hollywood, the Oscar.


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If you multiply 111,111,111 by 111,111,111 you get
12,345,678,987,654,321.


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Old Mar 22, 2002, 03:40 AM   #9
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Reading in dim light does not damage your eyes, but good
lighting does make reading easier and prevents eye fatigue.
Straining to read in low light or straining to see under other
conditions will not damage your eyes or cause them to 'wear out.'


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The longest inaugural address was deadly! Wearing no hat,
gloves, or overcoat, William Henry Harrison gave a one-hour,
40-minute speech in the cold in March 1841. In April, he
succumbed to pneumonia, the first president to die in office.


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ENIAC, the first electronic computer, appeared 50 years ago.
The original ENIAC was about 80 feet long, weighed 30 tons,
had 17,000 tubes. By comparison, a desktop computer today
can store a million times more information than an ENIAC,
and is 50,000 times faster. (Not to mention, it's also a helluva lot easier to tote to the puter repair guy!!)


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Captain Cook lost 41 of his 98 crew to scurvy (a lack of vitamin C)
on his first voyage to the South Pacific in 1768. By 1795 the
importance of eating citrus was realized, and lemon juice was
issued on all British Navy ships.


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When Sylvester Stallone was born, the forceps severed a nerve
in his face, partially paralyzing his lip, chin, and half of his
tongue.


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In Dodge City Kansas all places of business must provide
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In Lawrence, Kansas no one may wear a bee in their hat.


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In Marshalltown, Iowa, horses are forbidden to eat fire hydrants.


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In California, no vehicle without a driver may exceed 60 miles
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In Fountain Inn, South Carolina, horses are to wear pants at all
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King Charles VIII of France, who ascended to the throne
in 1483, was obsessed with the idea of being poisoned.
As his phobia grew, the monarch ate so little that he died
of malnutrition circa 1498.

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About 2 billion tons of animal manure are produced in the
United States every year. France, Holland, and Belgium
have been classified by the European Community as
"manure surplus" regions because they produce more
than their land can absorb.

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