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The only two U.S. states that have never recorded a record high temperature in excess of 100 degrees are Hawaii (98 °F on July 14, 1957) and Alaska (100 °F on June 27, 1915).

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Only four U.S. states allow proxy marriages (a marriage where one party is not physically present)—Colorado, Kansas, Montana, and Texas. Among these, only Montana allows double-proxy marriages (a marriage where neither party is physically present).

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Although the term “plaid” is commonly used today in American English to refer to the pattern of criss-crossed bands of color on fabric, the pattern itself is generally referred to as “tartan”. In Scotland, the country of origin for the tartan patterns, “plaid” (derived from the Scottish Gaelic plaide, meaning “blanket”) was first used to refer to any rectangular garment (sometimes made up of tartan), and over time, used to refer to blankets themselves.

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Every 100 years, we skip a leap day to correct for the overcorrection created by the regular routine of adding a leap day to every fourth year—unless the year in question is evenly divisible by 400, as in the case of the years 1600, 2000, and 2400.

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Scientists discover between 5-10,000 new species every year, the majority of which are insects or arachnids.

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Despite being strongly associated with the deserts of the American Southwest, tumbleweeds are found in all U.S. states except Florida and Alaska.

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Maleos are large birds found on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. They’re most notable for their clever use of open sandy areas, volcanic soils, and beaches that are heated by solar or geothermal energy to incubate their buried eggs.

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A significant number of original Ghostbusters cast members made cameo appearances in the 2016 reboot, including Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts, and Sigourney Weaver. The only original “Ghostbusters” cast members who didn’t appear were Harold Ramis (he passed away in 2014) and Rick Moranis (who chose not to return to focus on future projects).

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The character Mr. Keating (played by Robin Williams) in the film Dead Poets Society, was based on the real-world English teacher Samuel Pickering. Scriptwriter Tom Schulman was a student of Pickering’s at the Montgomery Bell Academy and modeled Mr. Keating’s eccentric personality and teaching style after him.

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NASA’s Great Observatories program was comprised of four powerful orbital space telescopes: The Hubble Space Telescope, The Compton Gamma Ray Observatory, The Chandra X-ray Observatory, and The Spitzer Space Telescope. Except for the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory, which was de-orbited in 2000 after a serious gyroscope failure, all remain in operation today.

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Oxygenated blood is bright red while oxygen-depleted blood is dark red. Veins only appear blue because of the way light interacts with your skin and the blood itself.

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Quality champagne glassware features microscopic etchings in the bottom of the glass to serve as a nucleation point for the carbonation bubbles.