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Recently, Toyota held an online contest to determine the plural of Prius, and the winning entry was Prii.

Andris Leipa, former star of the Bolshoi Ballet known as the "Perestroika Kid," was the first Soviet performer granted an open-ended visa as a result of Gorbachev's reforms.

Since 2001, the base defense budget has grown from $287 billion to $530 billion (not counting the main costs of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars).

NASA used tortillas for astronaut sustenance as early as 1985, when Mexican scientist Rodolfo Neri Vela requested a pack as part of his food provisions, in order to make tacos in space.

Some prisons in Brazil use geese as alarm systems.

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