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Until the nineteenth century, solid blocks of tea were used as money in Siberia.

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Lillian Gish has the longest movie career of any actress, having debuted as a 19 year old in An Unseen Enemy (1912), and making her last appearance in Whales of August (1987). Miss Gish was born in 1893.
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About two hundred babies are born worldwide every minute.

The first transatlantic wedding took place on December 2, 1933.The groom was in Michigan. The bride, in Sweden. The ceremony took seven minutes and cost $47.50.

The letter “X” is used to represent unknown quantity, thanks to the Greeks. They translated the Arabic word for unknown, shei, into Xei which was shortened to “X.”
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More than one-third, 38 percent, of adults have lied about what something cost.

Passive immunization requires the injection of blood from an exposed person to provide the recipient with immediate, short-lived protection from a germ.

“Jingle Bells,” a popular Christmas song, was actually written for Thanksgiving. The song was composed in 1857, by James Pierpont, and was originally called “One Horse Open Sleigh”.

L. Frank Baum, the author of the The Wizard of Oz, couldn't swim. He always smoked a cigar when he was wading in the water so he could tell when he was getting in too deep.

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