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Arizona Daily Wildcat
Thursday, March 10, 2005
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Things you always never wanted to know

  • According to The New York Times, $3 billion was offered by a group of investors to buy all 30 franchises in the National Hockey League, now shut down in a labor dispute. The NHL said they lost $497 million in operations during the past two seasons.

  • The average life expectancy in the United States was 77.6 years in 2002, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • A goldfish's brain weighs 0.097 grams.

  • The human brain is 78 percent water.

  • Because of the speed at which the sun moves, it is impossible for a solar eclipse to last more than seven minutes and 58 seconds.

  • It takes a person 15 to 20 minutes to walk once around the Pentagon.

  • Experiments conducted in West Germany and at the University of Southampton in England show that even mild and incidental noises cause the pupils of the eyes to dilate. It is believed that this is why surgeons, watchmakers and others who perform delicate manual operations are so bothered by uninvited noise - the sounds cause their pupils to change focus and blur their vision.

  • The Ketchua Indians of the Andes Mountains in South America have two to three more quarts of blood in their bodies than people who live at lower elevations.

  • Approximately 70 percent of the earth is covered with water. Only 1 percent of this water is drinkable.

  • Many species of butterflies, like birds, fly south for the winter.


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