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By Mr. Smarty Pants

MAY 22, 2000: 

What Americans call a condom is known in England as a "French letter" and in France as "une capote anglaise" ("English coat").

On three occasions during debate on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, Senator Edward Kennedy referred to its Stockpile Stewardship Program as the "Stockpile Stewardess Program." Aides quickly removed references from the Congressional Record.

Cuba is the only country to have a national meningitis vaccination program.

Months that begin on a Sunday will always have a Friday the 13th.

The French Foreign Legion has been marching to the time of the "Boudin" since 1870, when it became its official march. The name Boudin, or sausage, probably derives from the rolled blanket worn across the chest and so nicknamed.

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