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+ Have you ever seen a sesquipedalian? You certainly have – in fact, there’s one in this very paragraph. “Sesquipedalian” simply means “long word.”

+ When you picture Elizabethan England, you probably don’t conjure up a mental image of terribly hygienic people. In fact, it’s reputed that the queen herself bathed only twice a year.

+ Colgate toothpaste is good for more than just cleaning those pearly whites, evidently. Domestic scientists claim that it’s also great for cleaning piano keys and removing scratches from glass.

+ It was Atari founder Nolan Bushnell who made the following observation: “Business is a good game – lots of competition and a minimum of rules. You keep score with money.”

+ A woman in Mount Shasta, Calif., went a little too far in trying to help her sons succeed in their careers. Her sons were firemen, so she started setting things on fire so they could show off their firefighting prowess. She was finally arrested for arson after setting five fires in one month.

+ Would you like your son or daughter to become a nimgimmer? You might, indeed, if you knew what the word meant. “Nimgimmer” is just an old-fashioned way of referring to a surgeon.

+ On Mars, a year lasts 687 days.

(c) 2007 King Features Synd., Inc.

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