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Next time you buy a sixer from Valero, thank Handy Dan

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

A petabyte is one quadrillion bytes, or more than 50 years' worth of hi-def movies.

Toyota has a prototype bus that can lower wheels which permit it to ride train rails.

Handy Dan was one of the first home improvement retail chains. It went out of business in May 1989. Two corporate officers fired in 1978, Arthur Blank and Bernie Marcus, went on to create the Home Depot. Handy Dan helped get Texas blue laws repealed.

A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted that bread and rolls are the top sources of sodium in the American diet. In fact, they accounted for more than two times the sodium from chips and other savory snacks.

Evidence of deep-sea fishing has been traced back 42,000 years in northern Australia. The oldest fish hook ever found is 16,000 years old.

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