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Built on Crete, the first major civilization in Europe was the Minoan civilization. Named for its ruler, King Minos, it was at its peak around 2000 B.C.
History

Christianity has a billion followers. Islam is next in representation with half this number.
Statistics

It has been estimated that the deep seas may contain as many as 10 million species that have yet to be discovered.
Statistics

For the upcoming motion picture "Mission To Mars," director Brian DePalma and crew needed to re-create the surface of the planet Mars. They chose the more than two million square feet of a 45-acre sand dune in Vancouver, Canada. To give the sand dune the color of the planet Mars, they covered it with over 15,000 gallons of red paint.
Entertainment » Movies

Selenologists study the Moon, as geologists study Earth.
Space

In the time it takes to read this sentence, 50,000 cells in your body will die and be replaced with new cells.
People

Nearly 87 percent of the 103 people polled in 1977 were unable to identify correctly an unlabeled copy of the Declaration of Independence.
Surveys

According to the National Safety Council, coffee is not successful at sobering up a drunk person, and in many cases it may actually increase the adverse effects of alcohol.
Food and Drink

The murder rate in the Unted States is 200 times greater than in Japan. In Japan no private citizen can buy a handgun legally.
Laws and Customs » Strange Rules and Laws

Chester A. Arthur dedicated the Washington Monument on February 21, 1885.
History

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