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Quadruplet armadillos, 20 million on wheels, and more

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows
According to one source, more than 20 million people worldwide rely on wheelchairs as their primary source of mobility.

Reddy Kilowatt, spokesvolt for the electric industry, was invented by an executive at Alabama Power Co. in the 1920s.

The English language began in 449 when Saxons, Angles, Jutes, and Frisians sailed from their homelands (now Denmark, Northern Germany, Southern Norway, and Sweden) to invade a small island in the North Sea. They replaced the Celtic languages on the island with their own.

On July 9, 1951, author Dashiell Hammett was sentenced to six months in jail because he refused to answer questions about a communist-affiliated organization to which he belonged. He was 57 years old.

Every litter of armadillos consists of identical quadruplets.

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