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By Mr. Smarty Pants

JULY 24, 2000: 

"Cardiac Pulse Rate Monitor," U.S. patent No. 3,473,526 (1969), was awarded to actor Zeppo Marx.

U.S. regulations now disallow the donation of blood from anyone who visited the United Kingdom for more than six months between 1988 and 1996. The unconfirmed explanation: Risk of Mad Cow Disease.

Snyder, Texas, is the one-act-play capital of Texas.

In 19th-century England, a man could use a walking stick only with a permit -- and would lose the permit if caught carrying the stick under his arm or waving it threateningly.

John Wayne had an 18-inch neck.

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