Ants and bees are descended from wasps. Termites are descended from cockroaches.

You have to hum the Spanish national anthem because it has no words.

It's estimated that the number of years from the Big Bang to absolute entropy is greater than the total number of atoms in the universe. 

Everyone knows a male cat is a "tom." Not everyone knows that the female is called a "queen."

It takes a photon 200,000 years or more to go from the center of the sun to the surface, but only 8 minutes to reach Earth.

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Ants, when intoxicated, fall to their right side.... or so I've heard.

Jazz legend John Coltrane claimed to believe in all religions, and after his death he was worshipped as God Incarnate by a California church (until he was demoted to saint).

In 1557, European doctors recommended smoking to combat bad breath and cancer.

Ronald Reagan, as a movie star, was in ads promoting the health of smoking.

And he once said that trees cause more pollution than cars.

Al Capone's brother was a cop.

In New Jersey and Oregon, pumping your own gas is illegal. These states banned self-service out of fear that untrained consumers might light themselves on fire. The laws are surprisingly popular with citizens; any mention of their repeal has been met with fervent opposition.

Having lived in Oregon for 35 years, I believe the sentiment has shifted to wanting to preserve "starter jobs" and prevent automation from taking away jobs sorely needed by a certain segment of society. Fear of customers bursting into flames is something I never heard mentioned.

I'm rather familiar with Oregon, having done business with real estate appraisers there for years. I saw lots of reports, and there's some beautiful country there.

Three men served as president of the U.S. in 1841: William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, and Martin Van Buren.

Rats and horses cannot vomit.

Interesting. "It's enough to make a horse puke" would therefore be an absurdity.


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