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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

To commemorate ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920, U.S. playing card manufacturers replaced "staffs" with "hearts" as the fourth suit in the deck. The world soon followed.
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In 1960, a then-unknown Dan Rather auditioned for the voice of cartoon character Dudley Do-Right but was turned down by animator/director Jay Ward.
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When subjected to an electric current of at least 50 volts, a cat's tail always points toward the north.
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If the current trend continues, by the year 2215 midgets will outnumber "normal-sized" people.
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Scientists estimate that sleep lost due to daylight saving time reduces the average lifespan by nearly two full months.
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In the late '90s, Microsoft secretly developed its own version of Linux, but shelved it after quality control researchers deemed it "too stable."
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No NCAA basketball team from a school located in its state's capital has ever won the national championship.
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The African black rhinoceros excretes its own weight in dung every 48 hours.
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The top three names for female babies born in China last year were Huan Yue, Jia Li and -- unlikely as it seems -- Buffy.
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Peter Maas, creator of the character Serpico, got his character's name from an ultra-expensive, highly-prized Malaysian liqueur made from fermented viper venom.

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