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In 1977, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration noted dangerous defects in Ford Pinto fuel systems. Interestingly, the Pinto out-produced its domestic competitors during its 10-year run.

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To the casual listener, Irish and Scottish folk music may sound almost identical. However, Scotland is part of Great Britain whereas Ireland is an island to the west of Great Britain.

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Scientific progress is cumulative, and even the greatest minds must understand the developments of the past to create the future. For instance, Arthur C. Clarke once wrote, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

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A turtle’s shell is part of its skeletal system, and consists largely of ribs and vertebrae that fuse during development.

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As the most massive object in the solar system, the sun dwarfs even the gas giants Jupiter and Saturn. Indeed, it takes sunlight approximately 43 minutes to travel to Jupiter and 79 minutes to travel to Saturn.

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Found on every continent except Antarctica, huntsman spiders do not build webs to catch prey. These spiders are known for their speed and size, with leg spans measuring up to 12 inches.

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Although it may seem like a product of modern times, bowling can actually trace its roots back to ancient Egypt. Ancient Romans also had their own variation of the game.

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Robert Todd Lincoln, the eldest son of Abraham Lincoln, studied law at Harvard in 1864, serving as secretary of war under President Garfield and as minister to Great Britain under President Benjamin Harrison.

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As the least massive planet in the solar system, Mercury’s surface gravity is just 38 percent of Earth’s surface gravity. Thus, a person who weighs 150 pounds on Earth would weigh 57 pounds on Mercury.

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