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Broadway is the longest street in Manhattan, running from State Street at Bowling Green for 13 miles (21 kilometers) through the borough of Manhattan and 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) through the Bronx, where it exits the city.

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Neither Columbus nor his contemporaries thought the Earth was flat; Greek scientists, philosophers, and mathematicians had proven that the Earth was a sphere as early as around 600 B.C., centuries before his voyage.

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Giant Squids have the largest eyes of any living organism; their eyes can reach up to 10 inches in diameter.

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Actor Michael Keaton’s birth name is actually Michael Douglas, but because of the already famous actor Michael Douglas and the daytime host Mike Douglas, he adopted the stage name Michael Keaton to satisfy the Screen Actors Guild rules and distinguish himself.

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The Lewis–Mogridge Position, named after David Lewis and Martin J. H. Mogridge, is a maxim in urban planning that states “traffic expands to meet the available road space”. The position points out the relative futility of building more roads to deal with traffic, as the gains are erased within a matter of weeks to months when people drive more because of the available space.

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Peanuts are similar in terms of taste and nutritional value to tree nuts like walnuts and almonds, but aren’t actually nuts. Peanuts are a legume, like lentils and soybeans, and share the same nitrogen-fixing properties that make them a valuable part of crop rotation methods.

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“Outlaw country” is a subgenre of American country music popularized in the 1970s and created in reaction to the overly polished and slick country music of the day. Influenced heavily by honky tonk and rockabilly, some of the notable stars in the genre were Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Tanya Tucker, Johnny Cash, Charlie Daniels, Sammi Smith, and Hank Williams, Jr.

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Do you often sneeze when exposed to a bright light, such as stepping out of a dim movie theater on a sunny day? Then you’re one of the 18-35 percent of people that have “photic sneeze reflex”, a genetic predisposition to sneezing intensely after sudden exposure to bright light.

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Some of the static (white noise) seen on analog televisions tuned to unused, in-between channels is generated by the cosmic microwave background (radiation) left over from the Big Bang.

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The queens of black garden ant colonies can live for almost thirty years. Scientists believe that their longevity is the result of the higher expression of genes that are necessary for the repair of DNA damage.

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The eagle found on some U.S. currency (silver dollars issued from 1836 to 1839) is modeled after an actual eagle that nested at the Philadelphia Mint in the early 19th century. Mint employees named him Peter, and upon his death, he was stuffed—he’s still on display at the Mint.

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Sparky is a common nickname used to refer to electricians in the British Commonwealth, as in, “I want another outlet in the kitchen, but I don’t know what I’m doing. I’ll have to call in a sparky.”