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Arizona Daily Wildcat
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
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Things you've always never wanted to know

  • X-rays of the "Mona Lisa" show there are three different versions of the same subject, all painted by Leonardo da Vinci, under the final portrait.

  • In the U.S., federal law states that children's TV shows may contain only 10 minutes of advertising per hour and on weekends the limit is 10 1/2 minutes.

  • There are about 226,000 trees in New York's Central Park.

  • The first television sitcom couple to ever share the same bed on a regular basis was Lily and Herman Munster.

  • There are 6,272,640 square inches in an acre.

  • In 1874, the first animal purchased for the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago was a bear cub, bought for $10.

  • Benjamin Franklin was America's first political cartoonist. His drawing of a snake divided into eight parts was published in Philadelphia in 1754.

  • The early Egyptians built some large temples. The Great Temple at El-Karnak, built more than 3,000 years ago, is larger than the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris.

  • An alligator can go through 2,000 to 3,000 teeth in a lifetime.

  • The world's windiest place is reputed to be Commonwealth Bay, George V Coast, Antarctica, where wind speeds of 200 mph have been recorded.

  • In 1893, Milwaukee's Pabst beer won a blue ribbon at the Chicago Fair, and was sold thereafter as Pabst Blue Ribbon beer.

  • Early systems of measurement used body parts to calculate length. A cubit ran from elbow to middle fingertip. The distance from fingertip to fingertip of outstretched arms was a fathom.

  • Native Hawaiians call a newcomer to Hawaii a "malihini."

  • In baseball, a "can of corn" refers to a fly ball that is easy to catch. This phrase reportedly came from an old practice of grocery store clerks, who used to knock unreachable cans off high shelves with a stick and catch them in their work aprons.


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