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2015 

The longest field goal in NFL history was kicked by a man who had only half a foot! On November 8, 1970, an unlikely hero booted an unlikely field goal to propel his team to an unlikely victory. That man’s name was Tom Dempsey, a 22-year-old kicker for the New Orleans Saints who was born without...
01/28/2015
  The White House is 168 feet (51.2 meters) long The White House is 85 feet 6 inches (26.1 meters) wide without porticoes; 152 feet wide with porticoes. The overall height of the White House (to the top of the roof) is 70 feet on the south and 60 feet 4 inches on the north; the façade (grade of ...
01/28/2015
 the space shuttle Challenger lifts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and Christa McAuliffe is on her way to becoming the first ordinary U.S. civilian to travel into space. McAuliffe, a 37-year-old high school social studies teacher from New Hampshire, won a competition that earned her a place a...
01/28/2015
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Crickets chirp for several reasons, but only the male crickets can chirp. They have a file and scraper body part on their wings that makes the chirping noise. Crickets have different songs for different purposes. The chirping that that is most common is that of a male trying to attract female cr...
01/28/2015
Born in Tamaulipas, Mexico in 1914, Arizmendi was a sickly child, suffering from a mild case of polio. Too frail to work in the ports along the Gulf of Mexico, a doctor recommended that Arizmendi’s parents take their 11-year-old son to a local boxing gym for therapy. Arizmendi excelled and, two ...
01/26/2015
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NFL quarterback who was selected to his first pro bowl game in 2006, representing the Dallas Cowboys. He set a number of Cowboys franchise records including most career touchdown passes and most single season passing yards.BEFORE FAMEHe won the Walter Payton Award as the best player in Div I-AA ...
01/26/2015
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A year and a half after the Great Seal was adopted by Congress on June 20, 1782 – with the American Bald Eagle as its centerpiece – Benjamin Franklin wrote a letter to his daughter and shared some thoughts about this new symbol of America. He did not express these personal musings elsewhere, but...
01/26/2015
      Most Snow in One Day The most snow to fall in any 24 hour period is 75.8 inches (193 centimeters), well over six feet, that landed at Silver Lake, Colorado. The mountain lake sits at 10,220 feet elevation about 40 miles northwest of Denver. Its record-setting snowstorm began at 2:30 pm on t...
01/26/2015
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  While they can be pests to homeowners, termites are actually beneficial insects, ecologically speaking.Termites are actually important decomposers. Termites break down tough plant fibers, recycling dead and decaying trees into new soil. These hungry insects are vital to the health of our forest...
01/26/2015
Flush the toilet or face a public caning It seems nothing is sacred these days. In Singapore, you can’t even pee in private. Apparently, police officers do random checks to make sure public toilets are flushed after use.       Also,  Don’t walk around your house naked In Singapore, pornography i...
01/26/2015
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