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• The oleander is the official flower of the city of Hiroshima. It was the first to bloom again after the explosion of the atomic bomb in 1945.

• The Greek name for the mosquito is “anopheles,” which means “good for nothing.”

• The earliest written record that mentions the practice of medicine is Hammurabi’s Code from the 18th century BC in Mesopotamia, which includes information for physicians about payments for successful treatments and punishments for medical failures. For example, payment was better for curing the wealthy, but failing to do so could result in the loss of a hand.

• Live next door to a lottery winner? You might want to use caution while shopping: A 2016 study by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia found that you’re more likely to go bankrupt thanks to trying to keep up with your neighbor’s new spending habits.

• Charlton Heston was cast as Moses in the 1956 blockbuster movie “The Ten Commandments” partly because he resembled Michelangelo’s famous statue of Moses.

• Rocky Road ice cream was originally marketed during the Great Depression as a metaphor for coping with the economic crash.

• The term “coccyx” (more familiarly known as your tailbone) is derived from the Greek word kokkux, or “cuckoo,” because its curved shape resembles the bird’s beak.

• Benjamin Franklin introduced tofu to America in 1770.

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Thought for the Day: “The life given us, by nature, is short, but the memory of a well-spent life is eternal.” — Marcus Tullius Cicero

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