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By Mr. Smarty Pants

MARCH 13, 2000: 

The bulldog in some of the classic Tom & Jerry cartoons is named Butch.


According to Nova's (PBS) "The Lost Tribes of Israel," there are thousands of words with no real etymological meaning in Japanese that correspond with Hebrew words. Examples: "Kor" means "cold" in Hebrew, "Koru" means "to freeze" in Japanese; "Daber" means "to speak" in Hebrew; "Daberu" is Japanese for chatting.


More than a third of the planet's plant and animal species exist exclusively on 1.4% of its land surface.


In recorded history, about 74 billion people have trod the earth. Of these, there is actual written documentation of only 6 billion.


Adolph Hitler was afraid of horses.


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