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On September 19, 1881, after only a few months in office, James Garfield became the second president to be assassinated.
People » US Presidents

The equivalent of calling someone a jerk in English is calling them a pickle in French.
Words and Numbers » Word Roots

Apples are a member of the rose family.
Food and Drink

The Earth is 92.8 million miles away from the sun.

The crocodile is surprisingly fast on land. If pursued by a crocodile, a person should run in a zigzag motion, for the crocodile has little or no ability to make sudden changes of direction.

According to a poll, 58 percent of those responding admitted that they had falsely called in sick to get a day off from work.

The American Heritage Dictionary was once banned from the Eldon, Missouri library because it contained 39 "objectionable" words.
Words and Numbers » Word Roots

The Honduran white bat is snow white with a yellow nose and ears. It cuts large leaves to make "tents" that protect its small colonies from jungle rains.

North American monarch butterflies winter in Mexico where they live in communal roosts. Monarchs can fly 1,180 miles (1,900 kilometers) in three weeks.
Animals » Insects

Built in only 16 months between 1941 and 1942, the Pentagon is only 71ft tall and yet it has 5 floors, 17.5 miles of corridors, 131 stairways, 284 restrooms, 691 drinking fountains, and 7,754 windows. Workers replace more than 250 lightbulbs each day.

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