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Scaredy-cat Sylvester Stallone and state security smell samples

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows
In Latin, pencil means "little tail."

One of the more bizarre activities the Stasi (East German State Security) was found to have engaged in was the collection of Geruchsproben – smell samples – for the benefit of the East German smell hounds.

In October 1995, the potato became the first vegetable to be grown in outer space.

Sylvester Stallone has a fear of heights and also claustrophobia. Oddly, he did the movies Cliffhanger, where he played a rock climber, and Daylight, where he was stuck in a closed tunnel. Stallone has said he did the films to get over his phobias, yet he never really did get over them.

Western-style handsaws are push. Japanese style are pull.
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