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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum paid a taxidermist $6,000 to preserve the 35 pound meat dress Lady Gaga wore to accept her 2010 MTV Award for Best Music Video.

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The popular children’s cartoon Arthur is based on the Arthur Adventure book series by Marc Brown, and has been airing since October 1996.

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The term “land mine”, used to refer to a small explosive device concealed underground to destroy or disable enemy targets (ranging from combatants to vehicles and tanks), stems from the original practice of digging literal mine shafts under enemy territory and collapsing them, and later, filling them with explosives.

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The deepest point in all of the Earth’s oceans is the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean. The deepest area within the trench, appropriately named the Challenger Deep, is a staggering 36,070 feet (10,994 meters) below sea level.

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Television laugh tracks, or pre-recorded laughter designed to give the illusion of a laughing studio audience, debuted in 1950 on the Hank McCune Show.

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A little over two years after the initial release of the PlayStation, Sony released updated controllers that were 10 percent larger to afford a more comfortable grip for players and had a longer cord with a ferrite bead to suppress high-frequency noise.

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Today, we pronounce Dr. Seuss like his surname rhymes with “goose”, but he pronounced it like it rhymed with “voice”.

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When adverse conditions, like high temperatures and humidity, make staying in the hive dangerous, honey bees will engage in a behavior known as “bearding” where they gather just outside the hive in a large draped clump that resembles a beard.

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The Eiffel Tower isn’t painted a uniform color, but painted in three graduated shades from top to bottom in order to better emphasize the shape of the structure and help it stand out against the skyline.

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The orbit of the Moon around the Earth and the rotation of the Moon on its axis are both approximately 27 days. As a result, the Moon appears to us as if it is fixed in place despite actually rotating.

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The maximum achievable score in the arcade classic Pac-Man is 3,333,360 points. The current speed record for the score is held by David Race who achieved it in 3 hours, 28 minutes, and 49 seconds.

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Using tin cans as a method of food preservation started as early as the 1770s and a patent was issued for tin food cans in 1810, but the first dedicated can openers weren’t invented until the 1850s. Prior to the advent of the can opener, people used hammers and chisels to open their cans.

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The surname of iconic Nintendo character Mario is also Mario, making his full name Mario Mario.