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Arizona Daily Wildcat
Thursday, October 6, 2005
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  • Leonardo da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other

  • More personal telephone calls are made on Mother's Day in the United States than on any other day in any other country.

  • On every continent there is a city called Rome.

  • China has the most TV sets.

  • U.S. citizens watch the most television. By age 65, the average American has watched the equivalent of nine years of uninterrupted screening, viewing more than 20,000 commercials per year.

  • The first TV commercial was a 20-second ad for a Bulova clock, broadcasted by WNBT New York during a game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Philadelphia Phillies in July 1941. Bulova paid $9 for that first TV spot. Bulova also was the first watch in space.

  • In "Father of the Bride," Annie and Bryan marry Jan. 6. But in the opening montage of "Father of the Bride II," there is a framed invitation of their wedding that states they were married Oct. 9.

  • The longest kiss in a movie is in Andy Warhol's "Kiss." Rufus Collins and Naomi Levine kissed for the entire 50 minutes of the movie.

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

  • To make 1 kilogram of honey, bees have to visit 4 million flowers, traveling a distance equal to four times around the Earth.

  • Botanically speaking, the banana is an herb and the tomato is a fruit.

  • About one-third of recorded CDs are pirated.

  • The graham cracker was named after Sylvester Graham (1974-1851). A New England minister, Graham not only invented the cracker, but also published a journal in Boston that took a rabid stand against tea, coffee, feather beds and women's corsets.


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