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Randomly Useful Stuff

• 5% of medieval European women died in brewing-related accidents (my all-time favorite trivia bit!)
• Headlights must always be turned on while driving in Iceland, even during the day
• The active ingredient in Nad's, the hair remover, is snake venom
• The most popular surname in Ireland is Murphy
• Horace Wells, one of the multiple men credited with discovering anaesthesia, was a serial killer of prostitutes in New York City before taking his own life
• The last person executed at the Tower of London was Josef Jakobs in 1941
• Olympic gold medals haven't been made entirely out of gold since 1912
• No one has set foot on the Moon since Eugene Cernan did it in 1972
• "Kemo Sabe" means "soggy shrub" in Navajo
• "Rhythms" is the longest English word without the five traditional vowels
• Most lipstick contains fish scales
• There are 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 different color combinations possible on a Rubik's Cube
• 1n 1896, Britain and Zanzibar were at war for exactly 38 minutes until the latter surrendered
• Thomas Jefferson was the first person to lose an American presidential election
• The official name of the St. Louis Arch is the Jefferson National Expansion Monument
• There are three different versions of the Mona Lisa under the top one
• Female mackarels lay about half a million eggs at once
• Camel milk doesn't curdle
• Americans spend four times more on pet food than baby food each year
• Baby beavers are called kittens
• In the actual Arabian Nights tales, Aladdin is Chinese
• Coal has been found in Antarctica
• Elvis once made a television commercial for Southern Maid Doughnuts
• Swans are the only birds with penises
• Woodrow Wilson was the only U.S. president to earn a doctorate
• One coffee sack can hold over 600,000 coffee beans
• Over 300 people were injured in banana-related accidents in the United Kingdom in 2001
• Attila the Hun bled to death from a nosebleed on his wedding night
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