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The rubber band was patented in 1845: six years after Charles Goodyear developed vulcanized rubber in 1839.

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Their association with the Christmas season might make you think poinsettias hail from a land of ice and snow, but the showy holiday flower is actually native to Mexico and Central America.

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Prior to the 1905 discovery of the Y chromosome by Nettie Stevens (the presence or absence of which determines whether humans will be male or female, barring genetic abnormalities), it was believed that biological gender was determined by the X chromosome (the idea/theory posited by Clarence Erwin McClung).

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The shot put used in the men’s division of shot putting (open competitions) weighs 16.01 pounds (practically the same upper limit weight as a regulation bowling ball); the world record was set by Randy Barnes in 1990 when he threw a shot put a distance of 23.12 meters (almost twice the length of a GM Classic transit bus).