Ten Random Facts
If one identical twin grows up without a given tooth coming in, the second identical twin will usually also grow up without the tooth.
It takes approximately 21 days to cure and hickory smoke bacon.
Quakers sang the praises of chocolate drinks as a healthful substitute for gin in the early 1700s.
Eleven years after Abraham Lincoln's burial, grave robbers broke into his tomb and dragged the casket partially out before they were caught. The men were convicted merely of breaking and entering and served a year in prison as there was no law in America then against body snatching.
Specializing in showing only newsreels, the Embassy Theatre opened in New York City in November 1929. It proved to be popular for a time, and was the first theater of its kind.
To the "Who Would Deliberately Gain Weight?" list, add pop star Janet Jackson. The youngest member of the Jackson family dynasty was asked to gain 10 pounds for her film debut in Poetic Justice (1993); the director wanted to minimize her glamour and felt the weight gain would give her more of a "homegirl" look. Jackson obliged.
Monterey Bay Aquarium in northern California houses the Mysteries of the Deep exhibit, the world's largest living exhibit of deep sea animals, featuring catsharks, predatory tunicates, ratfish, and other species from the mile-deep Monterey Canyon.
The gold-plated 33-rpm record "Camelot" was left behind on the moon by the Apollo astronauts.
The largest uncut diamond in the world was the Cullinan diamond, at 3,106 Carats. It was unearthed in 1905 and presented to King Edward VII. He had it cut and the most significant of the separate gems is now in the British Crown Jewels.
The banana and the Bird-of-Paradise flower are in the same family.
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