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On March 30, 1987 Van Gogh's painting Irises was sold for a record $53.9 million US at Sotheby's, New York.

Some sources claim the youngest pope was Benedict IX (1032 AD), elected at age 12.

All of Monaco is 486 acres -- smaller than New York's Central Park.

You share your birthday with about 18 million people.

50 Cent has become the first recording artist since The Beatles to hold 4 positions in the U.S. Top 10 at the same time.

The shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

It takes 6 months to build a Rolls Royce... and 13 hours to build a Toyota.

A patron dining at a Wendy's fast food outlet on March 22, 2005, claimed that she found a human finger in her bowl of chili.

The average American home collects up to 40 pounds of dust each year.

According to acupuncturists, there is a place on the head that you can press to control the appetite. It's located in the hollow just in front of the flap of the ear.

A person swallows approximately 295 times while eating dinner.

In 2004, "blog" was the No. 1 word people looked up on the Webster's dictionary website.

A blind chameleon still changes colors to match his environment.

54% of Americans prefer to fold their toilet paper rather than wad it Josephine Clofullia, the most famous bearded lady of all time, had a beard that was 6 inches long by the time she was 16.

A "face-off" in hockey was initially called a "puck-off," but was changed for obvious reasons.

A new book is published every 13 minutes in America.

In addition to English, Natalie Portman is fluent in Hebrew, French, Japanese, and German.

April 1 was originally New Year's Day until the Church changed the calendar. Those who continued using April 1 as the date of the new year were referred to as "April Fools."

The SEC (U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission) cannot locate approximately 3 million lost shareholders, representing $10 billion in unclaimed stocks.

Martin Cooper, an engineer with Motorola and inventor of the portable cell phone, placed the first cellular call on April 3, 1973. O.K. is the abbreviation of the intentionally misspelled "oll korrect."

You can find a bunny hidden on every cover of Play..boy magazine.

Belle laide is a French phrase, translated as "beautiful-ugly," and refers to a woman who is not beautiful in a conventional sense, yet is somehow attractive.

A grizzly bear can run 100 yards in 4.3 seconds.

The flu shot or vaccine is made from chicken embryos.

Eric Bana turned down the role of Xander Cage in XXX, which later went to Vin Diesel.

The average yawn lasts about 6 seconds. The "Luther Burger," a bacon cheeseburger served on a Krispy Kreme doughnut bun, is a real food named after R&B singer Luther Vandross.

Demi Moore's real name is Demetria Gene Guynes.

New England QB Tom Brady was selected by the Montreal Expos in the 18th round of the 1995 MLB draft.

An unsuccessful contestant on 2005's reality show The Contender committed suicide after being bumped from the show.

Your heart rate can rise as much as 30% during a yawn.

Portia de Rossi's real name is Amanda Lee Rogers.

On average, human hair grows at a rate of about half an inch every month. Quotations From Chairman Mao Tse-Tung is the second best-selling book of all time.

Snickers is the best selling candy bar in Russia and the U.S.

Wednesday is "hump day." It's a reference to making it through the middle of the work week; getting over the "hump."

The most reproduced photograph in history is the one of US Marines raising the flag at Iwo Jima.

Peter Sellers is the only man ever to make the cover of Play..boy magazine.

Helosa Eneida Menezes Paes Pinto (Helo Pinheiro, for short) is the original "Girl from Ipanema."

In the state of Texas alone, $72 million of lottery winnings went unclaimed in 2003.

Some thieves have stolen cars by using Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs) to obtain duplicate keys through car dealerships.

The first national anthem ever was "God Save the Queen" (at the time "God Save the King"), first performed in public in 1745.

Roughly 72% of people in Mali (Africa) earn less than $1 per day.

Chef Boyardee's real name is Hector Boiardi.

The Hard Rock Caf was so called via inspiration from The Doors album Morrision Hotel/Hard Rock Caf.

Afghanistan is the world's largest producer of opium.

41% of Europeans speak English as a second language. The average male blinks his eyes 6,205,000 times each year. Women blink almost twice as much.

There are 15,000 different kinds of rice.

Before 1850, golf balls were made of leather and stuffed with feathers.

Almost all varieties of breakfast cereals are made of grass.

A person cannot taste food unless it is mixed with saliva.

Washing the lint filter in your clothes dryer will extend its lifespan.

In Australia, Burger King is called Hungry Jack's. Around 85% of all Valentine's Day cards are purchased by women.

The tallest man ever known was Robert Wadlow, who stood at 8'11" and weighed 491 pounds when he died at 22 years old in 1941.

The average person in America spends about 52 minutes a day reading the newspaper.

The longest recorded time that a human has gone without water is 11 days.

A pound of potato chips costs almost 200 times more than a pound of potatoes.

The driest place on Earth is Arica, in Chile, with just .03 inches of rain each year. At that rate, it would take 100 years to fill a coffee cup.

For the fifth year in a row, trucks outsold cars in the U.S. in 2004.

The world's highest waterfall is Angel Falls in Venezuela, which drops 3,212 feet.

The distance from Earth's surface to its center is about 3,963 miles.

Eating a handful of cashews with an orange can help prevent prostate cancer.

21% of U.S. households have at least one cat.

Earth's atmosphere is about 80% nitrogen, 20% oxygen.

There is no iced tea in Long Island Iced Tea.

TONKA trucks were named after Lake MinneTONKA in Minnesota. The word "Tonka" means "great" in Sioux. Basketball was invented in 1891.

A 100-pound person on Earth would weigh 38 pounds on Mars.

Bacteria that cause tooth decay, acne, tuberculosis, and leprosy can be cured with cashews.

Oceans make up about two-thirds of Earth's surface.

The White House has 35 bathrooms.

The average adult loses 540 calories with every liter of sweat and men sweat about 40% more than women.

Men can read smaller print than women; women can hear better. The band Duran Duran took its name from a mad scientist in the movie Barbarella.

The air around a lightning bolt superheats to 5 times the temperature of the sun; this causes the air to expand faster than the speed of sound, which compresses the air and forms the sound of thunder.

U2 was originally known as Feedback.

Giraffes, camels and cats are the only animals that walk by moving both their left feet, then both their right feet, when walking.

People who own pets live longer, have less stress, and have fewer heart attacks.

You can ignite flatulence.

Wilma Flintstone's maiden name was Wilma Slaghoopal, and Betty Rubble's maiden name was Betty Jean McBricken. Humans shed approximately 1.5 pounds of dead skin a year.

In 1916, 55% of the cars in the world were Model T Fords, a record that has never been beaten.

Matt Damon and Charlize Theron used hypnotherapy as an aid to quit smoking.

The world's deadliest recorded earthquake occurred in 1557 in central China, killing 830,000 people.

Mike Ditka and Tom Flores are the only two men to win Super Bowls both as players and coaches.

The average life expectancy for Americans is 75 years.

Coca-Cola once recalled an advertising poster due to a risqu image hidden within it (it was of a woman about to perform oral sex). Penguins can change salt water into fresh water.

The average sumo wrestler weighs about 280 pounds, but in 1988, the heaviest sumo wrestler ever recorded weighed 560 pounds.

Mark Twain's real name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens.

New York City has 570 miles of shoreline.

Contrary to popular belief, hair does not grow back darker and thicker after it has been shaved.

After 1958, Howard Hughes stopped wearing clothes except when he had to.

As early as 1655, the Dutch used lotteries to raise money to help New York's poor. Identical twins do not have identical fingerprints.

A wolf's odor-detecting ability is 100 times greater than man's.

Perspiration is odorless; it is the bacteria on the skin that creates an odor.

The act of walking requires the use of 200 muscles in the human body.

There's a special section in the brain reserved for the thumb that's separate from the area that controls the fingers.

The Sahara Desert's total land mass is approximately 3,565,565 square miles; an area as large as Europe.

Edgar Bergen, the famous ventriloquist, received a special, wooden Oscar in 1937. Bergen was presented with an Honorary Award for his "outstanding comedy creation, Charlie McCarthy." The statuette had a movable mouth. Howard Hughes designed the first push-up bra for actress Jane Russell.

"420" entered drug parlance as a term signifying the time to light up a joint.

In Israel, the @ symbol is often referred to as "strudel."

The moon is actually moving away from Earth at a rate of 1.5 inches per year.

In Japan, one should give and receive gifts with both hands. This is viewed as a gesture of respect and humility.

Laughing is aerobic: It works out the diaphragm and increases the body's ability to use oxygen.

Even if the stomach, the spleen, 75% of the liver, 80% of the intestines, one kidney, one lung, and virtually every organ from the pelvic and groin area are removed, the human body can still survive.