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Arizona Daily Wildcat
Wednesday, November 24, 2004
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Things you always never wanted to know

  • Notable Eagle Scouts include H. Ross Perot, Donald H. Rumsfeld, Gerald R. Ford, Harris Salsbury, James A. Lovell Jr. and Dr. Robert M. Gates, former director of the CIA.
  • Mission commander James Lovell said if Apollo 13 was unable to correct its course back to Earth after slingshoting around the moon, his ship, his crew and himself would have circled through space forever, "a monument to the U.S. space program."
  • A Frackvillle, Penn., woman filed for divorce on grounds that her husband insisted on "shooting tin cans off of her head with a slingshot."
  • In 19 states reporting child custody in divorce proceedings, custody was awarded to the wife in 72 percent of cases and to the husband in 9 percent of cases. In 16 percent of cases, joint custody was awarded.
  • Daylong childcare easily costs $4,000 to $10,000 a year - at least as much as college tuition at a pubic university. Yet, more than one out of four American families with young children earns less than $25,000 a year. A family with both parents working full-time at minimum wage earns only $21,400 a year.
  • Canadian corporations involved with illegal satellite decoders will be penalized up to $25,000 per day, and may include a prison term of up to six months. Findings show there are 520,000 to 700,000 illegal satellite systems active in Canada.
  • A breastfed infant younger than 6 months old needs no other fluids, not even water. In the early months, when the baby is most at risk, exclusive breastfeeding helps protect against diarrhea and other common infections.
  • The first successful parachute jump to be made from an airplane was made by Capt. Berry in St. Louis in 1912.
  • Missouri ties with Tennessee as the most neighborly state in the union, bordered by eight states.
  • Nashville's Grand Ole Opry is the longest continuously running live radio program in the world. It has broadcasted every Friday and Saturday night since 1925.


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