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By Mr. Smarty Pants, March 16, 2001, Columns

The toad cururu weighs as much as seven pounds.

According to one theory, the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock only because their beer had run out.

A recent Microsoft TV commercial uses the "Dies Irae" from Mozart's Requiem. Although "Where do you want to go today" is displayed on screen, the chorus sings, "Confutatis maledictis, flammis acribus addictis," which translates to "The damned and accused are convicted to flames of hell."

13% of Americans polled say they've picked up used furniture at the curb.

Allessandro Volta (inventor of the battery) realized that electricity is created when moisture comes between two metals. He was inspired from watching the violent twitching of a frog's leg when it reacted to a steel knife and the tin plate on which it was lying.

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