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  • The common eggplant is white shaped like an egg. The more popular dark-skinned ones are of the Italian variety.
    (see Fruits and Vegetables)

  • Sometimes seen on NYC streets, huge canisters of liquid nitrogen are tubed underground through manhole covers to keep telephone lines dry.

  • Moths rest with their wings open flat, whereas butterflies rest with their wings together.

  • Humphrey Bogart never said, "Play it again, Sam" in the movie Casablanca.
    (See Academy Award Winners)

  • Sherlock Holmes never said "Elementary, my dear Watson."

  • Sherlock Holmes was not a real person.

  • Laser is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.

  • Napalm is named for its ingredients: naphthelmic acid, palmitic acid, and gasoline.

  • The term "spa" is derived from a town in Belgium of the same name, known for its baths and mineral springs.

  • The first animal in space was a dog named Laika, November 3, 1957.

  • U.S. currency measures 2.61 inches wide by 6.14 inches long, and the thickness is .0043 inches.

  • The approximate weight of a currency note of any denomination is 1 gram.

  • The 100 dollar note has been the largest denomination of currency in circulation since 1969.
    (see Coins and Currency)

  • A vexillologist is an expert in the history of flags.
    (see Flags of the World)