Arizona Daily Wildcat
Illustration by Patricia Tompkins
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
Phoenix originated in 1866 as a hay camp to supply Camp McDowell.
Tombstone, Ruby, Gillette and Gunsight are among the ghost towns scattered throughout the state.
Point Roberts in Washington state is cut off from the rest of the state by British Columbia, Canada. If you wish to travel from Point Roberts to the rest of the state or vice versa, you must pass through Canada, including Canadian and U.S. customs.
A quarter has 119 grooves around the edge. A dime has 118.
The only city in the United States to celebrate Halloween on Oct. 30 instead of Oct. 31 is Carson City. Oct. 31 is Nevada Day and is celebrated with a large street party.
The most sensitive finger is the forefinger.
Alaska is the most northern, western and eastern state; it also has the highest latitude, the most eastern longitude and the most western longitude.
Some of Beethoven's symphonies were performed in Kentucky before they were performed in Paris.
The word denim comes from "de Nīmes," or "from Nīmes," a place in France.
Dublin comes from the Irish "Dubh Linn," which means Blackpool.
Scottish is the language called Gaelic, whereas Irish is actually called Gaeilge.
The characters Bert and Ernie on "Sesame Street" were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's "It's A Wonderful Life."
A penguin only has sex twice a year.
Got back? Skin is thickest at the back, averaging one-sixth of an inch.
Maine is the toothpick capital of the world.
"Bookkeeper" and "bookkeeping" are the only words in the English language with three consecutive double letters.
Paul McCartney's mother was a midwife.
The flag of the Philippines is the only national flag that is flown differently during times of peace than in times of war.
The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called "aglets." That thing on the end of a zipper is called a "tallywacker."
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