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A car traveling at a constant speed of 60 miles per hour would take over 48 million years to reach the nearest star (other than our sun), Proxima Centauri. This is about 685,000 average human lifetimes.
Science and Technology

Western Electric mass-produced color telephones for the first time in 1954.
Miscellaneous

Unemployment was so high in England in 1634 that Charles I compelled the demolition of a newly erected mechanical sawmill because it threw so many sawyers out of work.
History

A small or imperfect ear of corn is called a nubbin.
Food and Drink

Success magazine recently declared bankruptcy.
Miscellaneous

The Pentagon in Washington, D.C., has five sides, five stories, and five acres in the middle.
Statistics

Llamas are reported to be inquisitive, friendly animals. A llama greeting is marked by softly blowing on each other. According to animal experts, a soft blow to a person is the llama's way of saying hello.
Animals

It snows more at the Grand Canyon than it does in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Environment

A single menhaden (pogy) can filter six or seven gallons of seawater a minute and extract a pint of food an hour.
Animals

In England, the last execution of a witch took place in 1712.
History

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