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Looking for lost period

A volume of the book A la Recherche du Temps Perdu (Looking for Lost Time) by Marcel Proust contains one of the longest sentence in French literature: 856 words.

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EPO Tour of California

The American pharmaceutic firm Amgen has been sponsoring the cyclist tour of California since 2006. Amgen is the first producer of EPO worldwide.

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Godfather of soul

James Brown has served 3 years in prison (from 1988 to 1991). He was convicted of carrying an unlicensed pistol and on drug consuming charges.

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Tabak ist taboo

The first anti-smoking campaigns were launched during the Third Reich.

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Windy enough to take the oxes’ horns off

This French expression has nothing to do with the Beaufort required to make our dear cattle’s horns fly away.

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Virgin?

5 to 7 kg of olives are required to produce one liter of oil.

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Mosquitos

Only females bite!

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Back to the Future

The DeLorean time machine used in the trilogy “Back to the Future” could have been a freezer!

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Sniff

Traces of cocaine can be found on 90% of U.S. bills.

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French Resistance

Every year, the french cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris has as many visitors as Disneyland Paris.

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La la la smurf lala

Smurfette was originally created from clay by Gargamel.

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Megafungus Rex

The largest living organism on earth (and by far) is a mushroom!

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Take cover!!

Between 2000 and 3000 meteorites fall on Earth each year.

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Noble heart

Octopuses have three hearts and their blood is blue.

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English pleasure

King Edward II of England (1284 – 1327) is believed to have been killed by the insertion of a red-hot iron rod in his rectum.

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Symbolic dollar

Since 1997, Steve Jobs has taken home no more than a single dollar for his salary.

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Can you open it?

The can-opener was invented more than 40 years after the can!

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Beetlejuice

Cockroaches are coprophage.

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Porn and children

John B. Root, currently known as a pornographer, used to be a children’s book writer.

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Make love, not…

In 1994, the US army speculated about the creation of a “gay bomb”.

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