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Arizona Daily Wildcat
Monday, March 21, 2005
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Things you always never wanted to know

  • A newborn panda is smaller than a mouse.

  • Abraham Lincoln didn't particularly care to see "Our American Cousin" on the fateful night of April 14, 1865. He had already seen the play.

  • If one has just come down with a cold, the National Health Foundation says they should wait at least six days before kissing someone.

  • The average person will catch 140 colds in a lifetime.

  • They may have been called "water catchers," but the cuffs on men's pants were originally made to hold cigar ashes.

  • An elephant's heart weighs about 45 pounds.

  • In 1851, Benjamin T. Babbitt became the first manufacturer to put soap bars in a wrapper. Up until then, soap was made in loaves which the grocer sliced and then weighed much the same as cheese.

  • The planet Saturn is made up primarily of liquids or gasses and is less dense than water. If you could place it in a bathtub, it would float.

  • Aviation pioneer Orville Wright died of natural causes on Jan. 20, 1948. That same day, there were three plane crashes, which killed some 50 people in the United States.

  • Some grasshoppers and crickets have hearing organs on their legs.

  • A fetus in the womb can get hiccups.

  • There are 1,792 steps to the top of the Eiffel Tower, 296 steps to the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and 168 steps to the crown of the Statue of Liberty.

  • In many species of birds the eyes weigh more than the brain.

  • Lightning is the cause of most forest fires.


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