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By Things you've always never wanted to know
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Friday, October 21, 2005
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  • The first performer to win Grammy Awards for jazz and classical recordings in the same year was Wynton Marsalis in 1984. His albums were "Trumpet Concertos" and "Think of One."

  • During the American Revolution, many brides wore red wedding gowns as a symbol of rebellion.

  • Vanilla is the favorite flavor of ice cream, accounting for 29 percent of all sales.

  • At least 100,000 different chemical reactions occur in the normal human brain every second.

  • In past times, it was said a young girl could conjure up her future spouse by visiting a graveyard on St. Valentine's eve at midnight. She would then have to sing a prescribed chant and run around the church 12 times, and her mate would be the first eligible man she met after sunrise.

  • Edward VII of England had a highly respected reputation as a leader of fashion. It is generally assumed he was the inventor of the Windsor knot after he abdicated in 1936 and became duke of Windsor.

  • Four other members of Lt. Col. George Custer's family died at the Battle of Little Big Horn, including two half brothers, a nephew and a brother-in-law.

  • During a sandstorm, a camel will shut its nostrils.

  • The 1997 Jack Nicholson film "As Good As It Gets" is known by another title in China that roughly translates into "Mr. Cat Poop."

  • A cabbage is 91 percent water.

  • The last line spoken by Marilyn Monroe on the silver screen was, "How do you find your way back in the dark?" The line is from her 1961 film "The Misfits," where she starred opposite Clark Gable. Monroe died in 1962.

  • Synesthesia is a rare condition in which the senses are combined. Synesthetes see words, taste colors and shapes, and can feel flavors.


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