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If you are bored and have a little time to kill, please appreciate this list of 15 little known facts.  Tune in every Thursday for a weekly list of these fun and intriguing tidbits of information.  Enjoy.

  1. Beauty and the Beast was the first animated film to be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. It lost to The Silence of the Lambs.
  2. Sleeping through summer is called estivation.
  3. Fredric Baur invented the Pringles can. When he passed away in 2008, his ashes were buried in one.
  4. Joseph Stalin, the Supreme Commander of the Soviet Union, plotted to kill John Wayne.
  5. At one time, George Washington was the nation’s largest whiskey producer. He made 11,000 gallons in 1799.
  6. People didn’t always say “hello” when they answered the phone. When the first regular phone service was established in 1878, Alexander Graham Bell suggested answering the phone with “ahoy.”
  7. The medical term for ice cream headaches is sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia.
  8. A solar eclipse helped end a six-year war in 585 BCE. When the sky suddenly darkened during a battle between the Lydians and the Medes in modern Turkey, soldiers took it as a sign to cease fighting.
  9. Queen Elizabeth II is a trained mechanic.
  10. The verb “unfriend” first appeared in 1659.
  11. Paraskavedekatriaphobia is the superstitious fear of Friday the 13th.
  12. A newborn giant panda is about the size of a stick of butter.
  13. Scientists have found evidence of take-out restaurants in the remains of Pompeii.
  14. At the Wife Carrying World Championships in Finland, first prize is the wife’s weight in beer.
  15. The cubicle did not get its name from its shape, but from the Latin “cubiculum” meaning bed chamber.

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