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The Jamaican flag, a gold X (saltire) over a green and black field, is the only national flag currently in use that has no instance of red, white, or blue as either a primary or detail color.

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In the 9th century, the Byzantine Empire had a system of mountain-top beacons, not unlike the beacons of Gondor in the Lord of the Rings, that stretched 450 miles (720 kilometers) across Asia Minor. The beacon line was very efficient and, based on modern experiments, a message could be transmitted from the farthest point all the way back to Constantinople within an hour.

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The scientific name of the common snapping turtle, Chelydra serpentina, is a nod to the very long, agile, and “snake-like” neck of the species—angered snapping turtles are able to maneuver their necks with surprising speed and dexterity in a bid to ward off attackers with a powerful snap of their beak-like jaws.

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