In 1998, Sony accidently sold 700,000 camcorders that had the technology to see through people’s clothes.

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In Utah, birds have the right of way on all highways.

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When John Wilkes Booth leaped onto the stage after shooting the President, he tripped—on the American flag.

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More than ten people a year are killed by vending machines.

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Jane Barbie was the woman who did the voice recordings for the Bell System.

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On average, there are 333 squares of toilet paper on a roll.

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Traveling at the speed of 186,000 miles per second, light take 6 hours to travel from Pluto to the earth.

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In 1995, each American used an annual average of 731 pounds of paper, more than double the amount used in the 1980s. Contrary to predictions that computers would displace paper, consumption is growing.

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Mailing an entire building has been illegal in the U.S. since 1916 when a man mailed a 40,000-ton brick house across Utah to avoid high freight rates.

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A ball of glass will bounce higher than a ball of rubber. A ball of solid steel will bounce higher than one made entirely of glass.

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Ornithologists often use Scotch tape to cover cracks in the soft shells of fertilized pigeon eggs, allowing the eggs to hatch. Scotch tape has also been used as an anti-corrosive shield on the Goodyear Blimp.

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Incan soldiers invented the process of freeze-drying food. The process was primitive but effective — potatoes would be left outside to freeze overnight, then thawed and stomped on to remove excess water.

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Catgut comes from sheep not cats.

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At birth, a panda bear is smaller than a mouse.

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Mussels can thrive in polluted water because of an inborn ability to purify bacteria, fungi, and viruses.

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