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  • Scar tissue doesn't have melanin, so that's why it can't tan the way the rest of your skin does. It sunburns very easily too.
  • Newsweek published an article in 1995 condemning the Internet, calling visions of its future "baloney." It predicted that "no online database will replace your daily newspaper, no CD-ROM can take the place of a competent teacher and no computer network will change the way government works."
  • Brazil has more Lebanese people than Lebanon.
  • Scientists discovered an ant species in New York City that doesn't exist anywhere else on Earth. Nicknamed the "ManhattAnt," They can be found between 63rd and 76th Streets.
  • The Japanese government called on Yakuza Bosses to lend thousands of their men as security guards ahead of President Eisenhower's proposed visit in 1960.
  • For over six centuries, the list of the wealthiest families in Florence, Italy has remained unchanged.
  • In Finland, it's a long-standing tradition that PhD graduates get a top hat and a sword with their diploma.
  • In 2005 the word 'mate' was banned in the Australian Federal Parliament...it lasted a whole 24 hours.
  • When pets lay on their stomachs with their legs sprawled out it's called a 'sploot'.
  • In the movie, The Big Lebowski, the Dude says "man" 147 times - nearly one and a half times a minute.

 

                Facts from Sean McVeigh, factologist.

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