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By Mr. Smarty Pants

JULY 3, 2000: 

Yellow is the first color seen by our eyes' color rods.


Burns Night, January 25, is when Scotland celebrates the birth of poet Robert Burns. A typical Burns Night meal would include cock-a-leekie, haggis with tatties-an'-neeps, roastit beef, tipsy laird, and Dunlop cheese.


About 40% of the U.S. coastal wetlands are in Louisiana. About 16,000 acres are lost there per year.


According to www.placesnamed.com, Smith is the most popular surname in the U.S.


The word "lobbyist" came into usage by 1835, although stories of its origin vary. One account says "lobby-agents" as petitioners in the New York Capitol's lobby. Another version says the lobby of the Willard Hotel was the meeting site for legislators and favor-seekers during the early 1800s.


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