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#trivia  In the early days of firefighting, the Dalmatian served an important purpose. They not only made good watchdogs, they also formed very close bonds with the station horses and kept them company.

#trivia  The only U.S. president to have been the head of a union was Ronald Reagan, former president of the Screen Actors Guild.

#trivia  One of the most interesting mysteries of Death Valley National Park is the sliding rocks at Racetrack Playa (a playa is a dry lake bed). These rocks can be found on the floor of the playa with long trails behind them. Somehow these rocks slide across the playa on their own, cutting a furrow into the sediment as they move. Nobody knows how they move!

#trivia  Arthur Miller's original title for Death of a Salesman was The Inside of His Head.

#trivia  The Flintstones was sponsored by a cigarette company during the show's first two seasons. The show was intended for adults, not kids, so few complained about the commercials that depicted the stone-age characters puffing away on Winstons.

#trivia Tuesday Island, Wednesday Island, Thursday Island, and Friday Island all exist in the Torres Strait off the coast of Australia.

#trivia Limelight, a 1952 Charlie Chaplin film, won an Oscar for Best Dramatic Score 21 years later. Since the movie had never been shown in Los Angeles, it was still eligible to enter the competition as a "new" picture in 1973.

#trivia  Beowulf is the longest Old English manuscript in existence. It contains about a tenth of all known Anglo-Saxon poetry.

#trivia  At the 2000 Samsung Open, a furious Goran Ivanišević smashed three rackets and was forced to withdraw. Why? Because he didn’t have a fourth on hand.

#trivia  In 2007, researchers at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York reported that people who played video games for 3+ hours a week made better surgeons.

#trivia  Wonder Woman was created by psychologist William Moulton Marsten. Martsen is also credited as the inventor of the systolic blood-pressure test, a component of the modern polygraph machine.

#trivia  Gerald Ford is the only person to serve as both president AND vice-president of the U.S. without having been elected to either office.

#trivia  When her husband was president, Julia Tyler used the title "Mrs. Presidentress."

#trivia  G-rated family films earn more money than any other rated films; however, only 4% of Hollywood's output is G-rated.

#trivia  While most of it lies in Africa, a small part of Egypt is located in Asia, as well.

#trivia  More than 300 million Cadbury Creme Eggs are produced each year.

#trivia  Dog tags are always worn in pairs in case of the unthinkable; one tag remains with the body, and the other is sent to Mortuary Affairs.

#trivia  Washington state's Mt. Rainier is the tallest volcano in the contiguous United States, measuring nearly 14,500 feet in height. It last erupted in 1854.

#trivia  A gun with a silencer attached sounds about as loud as a car door being slammed. It’s much quieter than the usual “bang!” but it’s not as subtle as the little “whoosh” heard in James Bond films.

#trivia  16th century plastic surgeon Gaspare Tagliacozzi built his aristocratic patients' new noses out of the skins of the patients’ slaves.

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