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The original LP pressing of the Monty Python studio albumĀ The Monty Python Matching Tie and Handkerchief had no track listings and featured two concentric grooves on the second side of the record so that different comedy material would play depending on where you set the stylus down.

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A “tailor’s ham” is a small and tightly stuffed pillow that resembles a ham. The tool is used when pressing curved areas of clothing such as darts, sleeves, cuffs, collars, or waistlines so that the resulting ironed fabric better follows the natural curves of the body.

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Ethiopia is the only African country that has never been colonized.

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The 5,525 mile border between the United States and Canada has the distinction of being both the longest international border between two countries and the longest non-militarized border.

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“Lanthorn” is an archaic spelling of “lantern” because animal horns that had been scraped thin and flattened were used in place of glass in early lanterns.

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The correct Latin plural of stadium is stadia, but the English pluralization, stadiums, is the one that took hold.

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A meter was originally defined as one ten-millionth of the distance between the Earth’s equator and the North Pole.

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Despite the curved appearance of their backs, camels have straight spines. The humps are not skeletal, but are fatty deposits. By concentrating their fatty tissue in one area, the camels can withstand desert heat better than if the fat was evenly distributed all over their bodies.

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Isaac Newton was a member of the British Parliament from 1689 to 1690 (as a representative of Cambridge University), but a particularly quiet member. Reportedly, he only spoke once during the entire time Parliament was in session, to ask an usher to close a nearby window. He served a second brief term from 1701 to 1702, and was just as quiet again.

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There’s a standard for everything: ironing board cover sizes are standardized and designated by the letters A through E to designate board sizes ranging from 43″x12″ up to 53″x19″.

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Contrary to popular belief, Bliss, the default Windows XP wallpaper, was not digitally manipulated; it was a straight-from-the-camera shot of the hills of Sonoma County, California, captured by photographer Charles O’Rear.

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Earwax has antimicrobial properties that protect the ear from some strains of bacteria and fungus.