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A lion at the movie

In Baltimore, Maryland, it is not legal to take a lion to the movies.

Reference: www.some-guy.com

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George W Bush, 750 laws broken and counting

George W. Bush is the first u.s. president to declare himself exempt from over 750 U.S. laws, sidestepping most of the bill of rights including the constitutional requirement that the president follow all laws. Yes, they mentioned it specifically to suppress tyranny.

Reference: http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2006/04/30/bush_challenges_hundreds_of_laws/

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First central power plant

The first central power plant Pearl Street Station in lower Manhattan, built by Thomas Edison began generating electricity on September 4, 1882. Pearl Street had one generator and it produced power for 800 electric light bulbs. Within 14 months, Pearl Street Station had 508 subscribers and 12,732 bulbs.

Reference: http://www.powerhousetv.com/

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First use of gas energy

The first use of gas energy in the United States occurred in 1816, when gaslights illuminated the streets of Baltimore, Maryland.

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Solar homes in the u.s.

More than 10,000 homes and counting in the United States are powered entirely by solar energy.

Reference: http://www.powerhousetv.com/

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How much energy can the sun provide?

According to the American Solar Energy Society, enough sunlight falls on the earth's surface each minute to meet world energy demand for an entire year.

Reference: http://www.powerhousetv.com/

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Tip for saving energy in the home

Replacing an electric water heater with a solar model can reduce water heat costs by 50 to 80 percent every year - and over the 20-year life of the equipment, more than 50 tons of carbon dioxide emissions will be displaced.

Reference: http://www.powerhousetv.com/

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Why use silicon to make photovoltaic cells?

Silicon from one ton of sand, used in photovoltaic cells, could produce as much electricity as burning 500,000 tons of coal.

Reference: http://www.powerhousetv.com/

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Fact about the prairie dog language

Prairie dogs, those little pups popping in and out of holes on vacant lots and rural rangeland, are talking up a storm. They have different "words" for tall human in yellow shirt, short human in green shirt, coyote, deer, red-tailed hawk and many other creatures.

Reference: http://www.livescience.com

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Hottest place on Earth

What is the hottest place on Earth? El Azizia in Libya recorded a temperature of 136 degrees Fahrenheit (57.8 Celsius) on Sept. 13, 1922 the hottest ever measured. In Death Valley, it got up to 134 Fahrenheit on July 10, 1913.

Reference: http://www.livescience.com

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Artic legend man talks to animals

There are arctic legends that speak of a time when man could understand and speak with whales. In fact, many legends worldwide speak of a time when people and animals understood each other.

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Strange law in singapore

In Singapore, it is illegal to sell or own chewing gum.

Reference: http://sumantkhanna.rediffiland.com/scripts/xanadu_diary_view.php?blogId=1158838340&postId=1159177442

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Blue whale weight and length

Blue whales reach between 70-110 feet in length and weigh up to 150 tons.

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Biggest animal in the world

The blue whale is the largest animal in the world. The largest blue whale caught was a 110-foot female. It is not known how the angler got this beast home or how they fit it in the freezer.

Reference: http://school.discovery.com/schooladventures/planetocean/bluewhale.html

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what is the world's oldest animal

The oldest animal on Earth was born in 1830 Her name is Harriet, she's a Galapagos land tortoise

Reference: http://teacher.scholastic.com/scholasticnews/news/archive.asp?archive=111805

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Breast implants are at best a short-term improvement

Health regulators estimated that up to 93 percent of silicone breast implants ruptured within 10 years.

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Nearsightedness farsightedness and how glasses work

Simply put, the eyeglass lens is a tool you use to focus light appropriately on your retina. For example, a lens that is concave, or curves inward, is used to correct nearsightedness, while a lens that is convex, or curves outward, is used to correct farsightedness.

Nearsightedness causes nearby objects to appear clear, while objects farther away look blurry. Farsightedness is where far away objects appear clear and objects up close appear blurry.

To correct astigmatism, which is caused by distortions in the shape of the cornea, a cylinder shaped lens is frequently used.

Reference: http://my.webmd.com/content/article/63/71988.htm?z=4051_00000_7000_to_07

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How to eat like a horse

A 1,200-pound horse eats about seven times it's own weight each year.

Reference: http://www.davesdaily.com/interesting/did-you-know.htm

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praying mantis and black widows

A praying mantis will eat a black widow.

Reference: http://www.kidzone.ws/lw/spiders/facts-blackwidow.htm

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How many eggs can a Mackerel lay

The mackerel is a moderately prolific fish; females of medium size may produce as many as 400,000 to 500,000 eggs in the aggregate, according to various estimates,[10] with 546,000 reported for one weighing 17/8 pounds. But it is seldom that as many as 50,000 are set free at any one time, and often many fewer

Reference: http://www.gma.org/fogm/Scomber_scombrus.htm

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When is a male clam not a male clam?

All clams start out as males; about half decide to become females at some point in their lives.

Reference: http://clambiz.com/_wsn/page2.html

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What is the noisiest land animal?

Howler monkeys are the noisiest land animals. Their calls can be heard over 2 miles away.

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What is the world's largest animal?

The world's largest mammal, the blue whale, weighs 50 tons at birth. Fully grown, it weighs as much as 150 tons.

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How tall is the world's tallest tree

A 379.1' Redwood in Redwood National Park is currently the world's largest tree

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Land of the free in most cases

The United States, land of the free*

* As of 2007 your freedom may vary.

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What is the biggest city in the U.S.

If Brooklyn, New York became independent of New York City, it would be the third largest city in the United States, after the remainder of New York and Los Angeles.

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Odd fact about polar bears

A polar bear's skin is black. Its fur is not white, but actually clear.

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What are the shortest complete sentences in the English language.

"I am." and "I do." are the shortest complete sentences in the English language.

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How long does a major league baseball last?

Average life span of a major league baseball: 7 pitches.

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Fun fact about relative height

The highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point in Colorado.

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What is the largest number of coins you can have without being able to make change for a dollar.

If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins

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A strange law in Kansas

In Natoma, Kansas, it's illegal to throw knives at men wearing striped suits.

Reference: http://www.oregonlive.com/living/edge/index.html

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Strange law in New Jersey

It's illegal to slurp soup in New Jersey.

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Interesting fact about alcohol production

Although bourbon is Kentucky's leading export and its production directly employs thousands of people, it is illegal to buy the product in the very counties in which it is produced. They are all, to this day, still dry.

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What is the penalty for a DUII?

While in some countries the penalty for driving while intoxicated can be death (yes, death), in Uruguay intoxication is a legal excuse for having an accident while driving. "Please believe me officer, I really was drunk."

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Is there a difference between crack & champagne?

According to the federal Center for Substance Abuse prevention, "For kids under twenty-one, there is no difference between alcohol and other drug use and abuse." Incredibly, it makes no distinction between a self-reliant 20 year old toasting his love at their wedding reception with a sip of champagne and a drug-addicted 20 year old doing crack cocaine!

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A strange law in Chicago

It's against the law in Chicago to eat in a place that is on fire.

Reference: http://www.oregonlive.com/living/edge/index.html

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Don't forget about the hippo

Hippos are the third largest animal on land. Only elephants and some rhinos are bigger.

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When was the first ambulance service started?

The first ambulance service was established in Cincinnati in 1865.

Reference: http://www.50states.com/facts/ohio.htm

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Why laughing gas isn't funny any more

It is used in surgery and dentistry for its anaesthetic and analgesic effects, where it is commonly known as laughing gas due to the euphoric effects of inhaling it. It is also used as a means to enable short periods of extreme high performance in automobile internal combustion engines by introducing extra oxygen into the intake charge which in turn allows a greater amount of fuel to be added and converted into energy and thereby greatly increasing the power produced by the engine. Nitrous oxide is present in the atmosphere where it acts as a powerful greenhouse gas.

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dumb law in reno nevada

In Reno Nevada it is illegal to lie down on the sidewalk.

Reference: http://www.dumblaws.com/laws/united-states/nevada/

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Five Jell-O flavors that flopped

Five Jell-O flavors that flopped: celery, coffee, cola, apple, and chocolate.

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Fun fact about the bible

The Bible has been translated into Klingon.

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The biggest brands in the world

The 3 most valuable brand names on earth: Marlboro, Coca-Cola, and Budweiser, in that order.

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Strange law in Cleveland Ohio

In Cleveland, Ohio, it's illegal to catch mice without a hunting license.

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Where does the idiom "rule of thumb" come from?

The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.

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Why is a hershey's kiss a kiss?

Hershey's Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks like it's kissing the conveyor belt.

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Interesting fact about the declaration of independence

Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776 John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, 1776 but the last signature wasn't added until 5 years later.

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Why does Donald Trump say you're fired?

Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them used to burn their houses down - hence the expression "to get fired."

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When was the constitution signed?

The U.S. Constitution was finalized, signed, and forwarded to Congress by the members of the Constitutional Congress in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787.

Before the Constitution, the "Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union" had been in place to hold the American Colonies together ever since 1778.

Reference: http://www.fdrs.org/when_was_the_constitution_written.html

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Why do people say "playing possum"

When possums are playing 'possum, they are not "playing." They actually pass out from sheer terror.

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What is a panther anyhow?

There is no single cat called the panther. The name is commonly applied to the leopard, but it is also used to refer to the puma and the jaguar. A black panther is really a black leopard.

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What is the world's smallest mammal?

The world's smallest mammal is the bumblebee bat of Thailand, weighing less than a penny.

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What animal is allowed to provide evidence in court?

The bloodhound is the only animal whose evidence is admissible in an American court.

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What's the world's largest bird

The average adult male ostrich, the world's largest living bird, weighs up to 345 pounds.

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What animal is linked to the Canary Islands

The Canary Islands were not named for a bird called a canary. They were named after a breed of large dogs. The Latin name was Canariae insulae - "Island of Dogs."

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What does alma mater means?

Alma mater means bountiful mother, a title Romans gave to goddesses. In latin it means nourishing mother.

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Seinfeld delivered more than consistent laughs

In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere... usually in Jerry's living room.

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China, or U.S., which nation has more english speakers?

China has more English speakers than the United States.

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The longest word without duplicate letters

The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable.

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Crazy fact about Paraguay

Duelling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.

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Polar bears all have one thing in common

Bet you didnt know that all polar bears are left handed? (or left pawed if ya gonna be picky)

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What color is a polar bear

Polar bears really have black skin and their fur isn't white it is a see through

Reference: Discovery channel

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Where's the best place to buy gourmet meals online?

Sure, it's opinion, except when you can use save 35% from a-la-zing, a gourmet food company.
Save $35 off your purchase of $100 or more at A La Zing!

Reference: Dozens of offers and retailers were compared

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Why do firehouses have circular stairways?

The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days of yore when the engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases.

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What is the world flagpole-sitting record you ask?

In 1992, Frank Perkins of Los Angeles made an attempt on the world flagpole-sitting record. Suffering from the flu he came down eight hours short of the 400 day record, his sponsor had gone bust, his girlfriend had left him and his phone and electricity had been cut off.

Reference: Bizzare News

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What is the world flagpole-sitting record you ask?

In 1992, Frank Perkins of Los Angeles made an attempt on the world flagpole-sitting record. Suffering from the flu he came down eight hours short of the 400 day record, his sponsor had gone bust, his girlfriend had left him and his phone and electricity had been cut off.

Reference: Bizzare News

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Fun fact about the Kea, a bird in New Zealand

There is a two-foot long bird called the Kea. The kea lives in New Zealand and just loves to eat the strips of rubber around car windows.

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The third largest city in Nebraska

When the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers play football at home to a sellout crowd, the stadium becomes the state's third largest city.

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If you want to duel, Parguay is the place to do it.

Duelling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.

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Fun fact about the Hawaiian alphabet

There are only 12 letters in the Hawaiian alphabet.

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Fact about the old US ten-dollar bill

There are four cars and eleven light posts on the back of a ten-dollar bill.

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What is your alma mater?

Alma mater means nourishing mother in Latin, To the romans it meant "bountiful mother."

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Weird fact about the government of England

In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.

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Necessity is the mother of Invention, but chocolate can work too.

The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.

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What does "Goodnight, sleep tight" really mean?

In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes when you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase, "Goodnight, sleep tight."

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Isn't the term "the whole 9 yards" related to football?

The term "the whole 9 yards" came from WWII fighter pilots in the Pacific. When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got "the whole 9 yards."

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Creepy crawly fact about planet Earth

The world's termites outweigh the world's humans 10 to 1.

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What the heck does mind your P's and Q's mean?

In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts. So in old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them to mind their own pints and quarts and settle down. It's where we get the phrase "mind your P's and Q's."

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The population of China

If the population of China walked past you in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.

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A fact that helps put China's population in perspective

China has more English speakers than the United States.

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"The quick brown fox"

The sentence "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog." uses every letter in the alphabet. It was developed by Western Union to Test telex/twx communications

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Playing possum

When possums are playing 'possum, they are not "playing." They actually pass out from sheer terror.

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What is the world's smallest mammel?

The world's smallest mammal is the bumblebee bat of Thailand, weighing less than a penny.

Reference: Animal Planet

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The world's largest living bird

The average adult male ostrich, the world's largest living bird, weighs up to 345 pounds.

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What does obstreperous mean?

Obstreperous means resisting control or restraint in a difficult manner; unruly.... use it against someone, smile, and they'll think it was a compliment.

Reference: http://www.dictionary.com

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Longest One Syllable Words

The longest one syllable words in the English Language are screeched and strengths

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Get your mouth around this..

The ball of chewed food in your mouth (before you swallow) is called a bolus. Introduce this fact to the dinner table in polite company.

Reference: OED

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One in a million means there's how many in china?

If you say somebody is 1 in a million you are saying there are 1,317 of them in China (as of 4/30/07)

Reference: http://www.cpirc.org.cn/en/eindex.htm

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What is the highest point on earth?

The highest mountain in the world is not Mt. Everest. The Earth is not perfectly round, it is like when you roll a piece of silly putty in a ball and squish the top a little bit. Therefore, the equator is popped out. Seeing as how the Himalayas are some ways away from the equator, although Mt. Everest is highest above sea level, the highest point on Earth is somewhere in the Andes in South America

Reference: Discovery Channel

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The dollar gets around!

45% of every dollar bill you have ever owned has been in a stripper's G-string

Reference: http://teentwist.com/Fun/randomfacts.html

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A couple good places to research bonds

The following companies rate the financial condition of corporations and municipalities issuing bonds. Their ratings are available online and at many public libraries.

* Standard & Poor’s
* Moody’s Investors Services
* Weiss Ratings


Reference: http://www.consumeraction.gov/caw_investing_general_tips.shtml

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Hummingbirds can hover in place, maybe that's a problem.

Hummingbirds are so small that one of their predators is an insect, the praying mantis. Check out the photo: praying mantis serving dinner

Reference: http://www.birdwatchersdigest.com/site/backyardbirds/hummingbirds/mantis-hummer.aspx?sc=birdwireJul2005

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Perhaps the least hospitable place on earth

There is a an island of plastic and trash floating in the Pacific ocean that is twice the size of Texas.

Reference: http://www.bestlifeonline.com/cms/publish/health-fitness/Our_oceans_are_turning_into_plastic_are_we_2_printer.shtml

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What is the altitude of the sun relative to Earth ?

The altitude of the sun varies throughout the year. On December 21st (sometimes the 22nd) the sun is 20 degrees above the horizon, it's lowest point of the year. On June 21st (sometimes the 20th) the sun is 65 degrees above the horizon, it's highest point of the year. Do you know what days these are? They are the winter & summer solstice.

Reference: Winter Sun Design

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How do you count cards in blackjack?

A blackjack card counter performs a simple calculation...over and over and over again. The goal is to bet more money when a deck is loaded with big cards 10,Jack, Queen,King, & Ace because the chances of a dealer busting increases. To figure out when the deck favors the player they do the following:

The card counter begins with zero. For every card that appears either they add 1, minus 1, or keep it the same. If the card is a 2,3,4,5,6 you add 1. If the card is 10,j,q,k,ace you subtract 1. If it's a 7,8,9 the score remains the same.

So, a card counter will bet small while they keep count and if their tally reaches +5 or greater they increase their bet. This system relies on the law of large numbers which says while the bettor will lose or win money on a given day over time the bettor will have the advantage and thus be profitable long-term.

p.s. This is much easier said than done. This formula was introduced in Beat The Dealer in 1966 and the casinos are doing just fine. Good luck!

Reference: "Beat the dealer" - Edward O. Thorp

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What are the classifications of Treaties?

A treaty is an international law agreement between organizations of state, including sovereign states. Classifications of treaties are organized by the subjects with which they deal with. For example, political treaties are in relation to wars and boundaries, Legal Treaties include the extradition of criminals, copyrights, and patents. Treaties are confined to only high priority and important formal agreements. The less formal accords are called, conventions, acts, declarations and protocols. Greeks and Romans have elaborate ceremonials to emphasize the sanctity of Treaties

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Time telling

There are 3 basic ways of telling time. a) rotational : rotation of the earth b) dynamic: motion of the moon and planets c) atomic: oscillation within atoms.

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How long is a yard?

The term "yard", was determined by King Henry I of England. The distance from his nose to the tip of his middle finger with arm extended became the standard "yard" measurement term.

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What is the "blackbox" recorder for?

An airplane's "blackbox"' is a device which records conditions and events on an air vessel. A "blackbox" is actually orange in color to make it more visible in the wreckage.

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Black, white or color?

Black and white are generally not labeled as colors. Black is the result of absence of color and white is all colors mixed together.

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Who is the highest ranking military official?

The president is the highest ranking official in the government including the military.

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A day when heavenly bodies align

On July 1, 2015 Earth, Venus and Jupiter will be ordered on a single line.

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Proof that football (soccer) is the most popular sport in the world

At World Cup 2010 2.72 million tickets will be sold.

Reference: http://www.cup2010.info/Facts/SoccerWorldCup_facts.html

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What is an IPO?

Initial public offering (IPO) The first time a company sells stock to the public. An IPO is a type of a primary offering, which occurs whenever a company sells new stock, and differs from a secondary offering, which is the public sale of previously issued securities, usually held by insiders. Some people say IPO stands for "Immediate Profit Opportunities." More cynicIt's Probably Overpriced."

Reference: http://moneycentral.hoovers.com/global/msn/index.xhtml?pageid=1954

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The efficiency of converting sunlight to electricity in pv cells

The company SunPower in 2008 announced 22% efficiency converting light to electricity. Current high-performance panels, on average, convert about 20 percent of the light that strikes it into electricity. Conventional silicon solar panels convert about 14 to 17 percent of light.

The theoretical maximum is around 26 to 27 percent, although some have said it could go slightly higher.

Reference: http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-6114383-7.html

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What are the different types of laptop batteries?

There are currently three types of batteries commonly used to run people's laptops:
1) Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd) batteries were the standard technology for years, but are now out of date.
2) Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) batteries are a cadmium-free replacement for Nickel Cadmium.
3) Lithium Ion (Li-ion) is the battery you want for your laptop and is the current standard for portable power.

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What do yeti & sasquatch, & bigfoot have in common?

Bigfoot, Yeti & Sasquatch refer to the same mysterious man / ape beings which have been reported around the world from the Pacific Northwest in the united states to the Canadian wilderness, to the slopes of the Himalayas, and to the forests of Siberia.

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What species of salamander was named for it's bark?

"Mudpuppies, also called waterdogs, are one of only a few salamanders that make noise. They get their name from the somewhat embellished notion that their squeaky vocalizations sound like a dog's bark."- national geographic

Reference: http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/amphibians/mudpuppy.html

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No big men in the black widow world

Male black widow spiders are half the size of the female or smaller. Female black widows can get as long as 55mm or 2.165 inches.

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Who is the world's largest producer of coconuts?

The Philippines is considered to be the largest producer of coconuts in the world

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What is the largest clam ever recorded

The largest clam ever recorded (as of 2008) was found in Okinawa in 1956, it weighed 750 pounds.

Reference: http://www.foodreference.com/html/fclams.html

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How do Iguania communicate?

Lizards of the suborder Iguania communicate non-verbally with various combinations of push ups, body posturing, head movements, and displays of colorful belly patches & throat "dewlaps."

Reference: http://www.coolquiz.com/trivia/explain/docs/lizard.asp

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What year did the United States land on the moon?

On July 20, 1969 the first manned spacecraft landed on the moon. The Moon was first visited by Soviet spacecraft Luna 2 in 1959. It is the only extraterrestrial body to have been visited by humans. The last time the moon was visited by man was in December of 1972.

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What types of breast implants are there?

The two breast implant choices are silicone and saline. Saline is considered advantageous because it will easily dissolve if ruptured but, it is also more likely to show ripples through the skin.

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How to identify the different large kangaroos?

One way to tell large kangaroos apart is by their noses. A wallaroo's nose has a large black bare patch around it. A red kangaroo has a smaller, boomerang-shaped black bare patch on its nose. The gray kangaroo has bare narrow bands around the nostrils and the rest of the nose is covered in hair.

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Who were the Buffalo Soldiers?

The term Buffalo Soldiers was a term used by the Cheyenne Indians to describe black American soldiers, whose dark skin and thick hair that resembled the buffalo.

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What animal gets its name from the Galapagos Island?

The Galapagos tortoise was named after the Galapagos islands. Some adult Galapagos tortoises can measure up to 4ft. long and weigh up to 660lbs. Their average lifespan is 150-200 years.

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What country is believed to be the birthplace of writing?

The capital city, Baghdad, is in the center-east. Iraq's rich history dates back to ancient Mesopotamia. The region between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers is identified as the cradle of civilization and the birthplace of writing.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iraq

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U.S. population, and how many people do you have to poll?

When a poll tells us a candidate for president of the United States is favored by ___% of the population, they tell us it has a "margin of error" of +-__% .

For example, August 6, 2008, CBS poll on the president of the United States put John McCain with 39% of the vote and Barrak Obama 45% of the vote, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

The World Fact Book reports U.S. population at over 300 million, 301,139,947 (estimate as of 2007).

How many people do you think you'd have to poll to get within plus or minus 3% or 300,000 of the correct vote?

10 million? 1 million? This particular CBS pre-poll accurately extrapolates the minds of over 300 million people by polling just 906 people, or .00009 % of the population.

We're not so different after all!

Reference: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/08/06/opinion/polls/main4325670.shtml

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