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Rhinos are in the same family as horses, and are thought to have inspired the myth of the unicorn.

In December 1957, Shippingport, Pennsylvania, became the site of the first full-scale nuclear power plant in the United States. The plant was able to generate 60 megawatts of electricity after reaching full power 21 days after going on-line.

Flamenco dancer Jose Greco took out an insurance policy through Lloyd's of London against his pants splitting during a performance.
People » Celebrities and Public Figures

Christmas was once a moveable feast celebrated at many different times during the year. The choice of December 25, was made by Pope Julius I, in the 4th century A.D., because this coincided with the pagan rituals of Winter Solstice, or Return of the Sun. The intent was to replace the pagan celebration with the Christian one.
Holidays » Christmas

Dr. Seuss coined the word "nerd" in his 1950 book "If I Ran The Zoo"
Words and Numbers » Word Roots

A plant in central Australia, the candlesticks of the sun, grows a candle-shaped flower once every 7 years.

Chewing gum reached the United States in the late 1800s when Santa Ana was exiled to New York after the Mexican revolution, bringing chicle (gum) with him. Chicle is a gum taken from the sapodilla tree, which grows in the Yucatan desert of Mexico.
Food and Drink

Medical researchers contend that no disease ever identified has been completely eradicated.
Medicine and Health

The average life expectancy of a rhinoceros in captivity is 15 years.

Dolphins can kills sharks by ramming them with their snout.

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