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Arizona Daily Wildcat
Thursday, February 24, 2005
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Things you always never wanted to know

  • A green diamond is the most rare diamond.

  • Summers on Uranus last for 21 years - and so do the winters.

  • The largest iceberg on record was 208 miles long and 60 miles wide.

  • Jack Mercer was the voice of Popeye the Sailor for 45 years.

  • Mel Blanc, who played the voice of Bugs Bunny, was allergic to carrots.

  • The 1967 Russian movie "War and Peace" had 120,000 extras. The South Korean movie "Monster Wang-magwi" from the same year featured 157,000 extras. The 1945 German movie "Kolberg" has 187,000, and the 1982 British movie "Gandhi" featured 300,000 extras.

  • Excavations from Egyptian tombs dating to 5,000 B.C. show that ancient Egyptian children played with toy hedgehogs.

  • Beer was the first trademarked product - Bass Pale Ale, a British beer, received its trademark in 1876.

  • Since 1495, there has been no 25-year period without war.

  • Australians are the heaviest gamblers in the world - an estimated 82 percent of Australians bet. That's twice as much per capita as Europeans or Americans. Australia, with less than 1 percent of the world's population, has about 20 percent of the world's poker machines.

  • In 1990, the word "recession" appeared in 1,583 articles in The Wall Street Journal.


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