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Bizarre Fact #141:
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Each of the suits on a deck of cards represents the four major pillars of the economy in the middle ages: heart represented the Church, spades represented the military, clubs represented agriculture, and diamonds represented the merchant class.

Bizarre Fact #142:
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Electric Christmas tree lights were first used in 1895. The idea for using electric Christmas lights came from an American, Ralph E. Morris. The new lights proved safer than the traditional candles.

Bizarre Fact #143:
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Elizabeth Goose, who lived in Massachusetts in the late 1600's, is credited by some with the nursery rhymes read to us as children. However, most of those rhymes existed before her time in the form of satirical poems and drinking songs. Some were based on actual events or characters. Charles Perrault, a Frenchman, published a collection of these rhymes in 1697 and an illustration accompanying the text showed an old woman telling stories, with the words "Mother Goose" appearing behind her. The book was eventually published in England and the United States and more rhymes were added with each new publication. It wasn't until the 1800's that a relative of Mrs. Goose claimed the stories originated with Elizabeth.

Bizarre Fact #144:
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Eskimos never gamble.

Bizarre Fact #145:
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Ever wonder where the term "Work Smarter...Not Harder" originated? Allan F. Mogensen, the creator of Work Simplification, coined the phrase in the 1930s. The 1990s equivalent term is probably Business Process Reengineering.

Bizarre Fact #146:
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Every queen named Jane has either been murdered, imprisoned, gone mad, died young, or been dethroned.

Bizarre Fact #147:
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February is Black History Month.

Bizarre Fact #148:
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Fine turkey and "honeycomb" are terms used for different qualities and textures of sponges.

Bizarre Fact #149:
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Flying from London to New York by Concord, due to the time zones crossed, you can arrive 2 hours before you leave.

Bizarre Fact #150:
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Four of the first six presidents of the U.S. were 57 years old when they were inaugurated. No other presidents have been inaugurated at that age.


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