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Arizona Daily Wildcat
Friday, August 27, 2004
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Things you always never wanted to know

  • A thousand tons of meteor dust fall to the Earth every day.

  • Men are six times more likely than women to be struck by lightning.

  • A crocodile weighing 120 pounds exerts a force of about 1,540 pounds between its jaws. A human being's jaws exert a force of only 40 to 80 pounds.

  • "Vestiphobia" refers to the fear of clothing. "Otophobia" refers to the fear of opening one's eyes.

  • Robert Todd Lincoln, son of Abraham Lincoln, was present at the assassinations of three presidents: his father's, President Garfield's and President McKinley's. After the last shooting, he refused to ever attend a state affair again.

  • The figure of King Kong seen in the original movie of the same name was actually a model 18 inches high, and his roar was that of a lion's played backwards.

  • Grace Kelly was the first motion-picture actress to appear on a postage stamp. In April, 1956, she was featured with her husband, Prince Rainier III of Monaco, on a stamp that commemorated their wedding.

  • Assuming that each fold neatly overlaps its opposite side, a dollar bill can be folded only six times - seven if put into a vise.

  • In 1060 a coin was minted in England shaped like a clover. The user could break off any of the four leaves and use them as separate pieces of currency.

  • The parachute was invented more than 100 years before the airplane. It was the creation of a Frenchman, Louis Lenormand, who designed it in 1783 to save people who had to jump from burning buildings.


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