The Royal Wedding

1. Ladbrokes froze bets on the Queen’s hat being yellow after it became the 10/11 odds-on favorite.

2. Mention of the hashtag #RoyalWedding surpassed 1 million on Twitter during the middle of the ceremony.

3. In Northern England, the Chester Zoo named a pair of Royal Starlings William and Kate to honor the couple’s engagement. The birds were later renamed Billy and Nate after it turned out they were both male.

4. Cleveland artist George Vlosich III spent more than 80 hours depicting the royal couple on an Etch A Sketch.

5.  The cost of the wedding? $32 million. (Compare that to the cost of the average U.S. wedding at $27,000).

6. Merchandise of all things William and Kate skyrocketed in the preceding months, including “Royal Wedding Commemorative Condoms.” The condoms, called “Crown Jewels,” came with the tag, “Lie back and think of England.” http://www.crownjewelscondoms.com/heritage.html

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Dr. Seuss

1. One in four American children receive Dr. Seuss as their first book.

2. Dr. Seuss (real name Theodore Geisel) had other pen names too.  On books that he wrote without illustrating he was Theo LeSeig, and he once used Rosetta Stone on a book called “Because a Little Bug went Ka-choo!”

3. One of his most popular books, “Green Eggs and Ham”, was the result of a bet that he could not write a book using only 50 words. The bet was for $50 with his publisher.

4. He got famous for illustrating insecticide ads.

5. Dr. Seuss threatened to sue an anti-abortion group who used his line “A person’s a person, no matter how small,” on their letterhead.  The line is from “Horton Hears a Who!”

6. The singer who performed the famous “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” theme song (Thurl Ravenscroft) was also the voice of Tony the Tiger.

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Peeps

1. In 1953, it took 27 hours to create one Marshmallow Peep.  Today it takes 6 minutes.

2. Americans will eat more than 600 million marshmallow Peeps and Bunnies this Easter.

The Peeps marshmallow vehicle takes to the streets for Easter 2011.

3.  Until 1995, when lavender was added, Peeps came in only three colors: yellow, pink and white. In 1998, the set was rounded off with blue.

Peeps come in a host of colors, including yellow, pink, white, lavender and blue.

4. Peeps have a shelf life of two years.

5. Many newspapers offer Peeps diorama contests near Easter.  The Washington Post is known for having some of the most creative entries.  Check out the 2011 contestants here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/peeps

Washington Post Peeps diorama contest

Washington Post Peeps diorama contest

6. Each Peep has 32 calories and 0 grams of fat.

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Woodstock

1. The original food list for the event included 10,000 packages of marshmallows.

2. Jimi Hendrix was paid $32,000 to perform at the “Woodstock Music & Art Fair.” Janis Joplin was paid $15,000; Jefferson Airplane $15,000; Creedence Clearwater Revival $10,000; Grateful Dead $7,500 and Santana $1,500.

Woodstock, 1969

3. 650 toilet seats and 200 urinal spaces served the crowd of 500,000. (This number was planned to serve 60,000).

4. Rather than hiring police officers for security, the festival hired a New Mexico commune known as the Hog Farm as a “Please Force.” The hog farmers were led by Wavy Gravy, a toothless comic who put on a Smokey-the-Bear costume and threatened to hit troublemakers with custard pies.

5. Probably the most famous moment of Woodstock, Jimi Hendrix closing the festival with a rock-rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner,” was witnessed by only a small minority of the crowd. Most of the revelers were already on the road by the time Hendrix came on at 9 a.m. Monday morning.

6.  There were 109 arrests at the festival, all but four because of drugs.  Most of the drug charges involved LSD, amphetamines and heroin.  Marijuana smokers were not arrested.

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South Africa

1. South Africa is home to two colonies of penguins, known as African Penguins. It is the only penguin species that breeds in Africa.

2. The world’s largest diamond, the Cullinan Diamond, was found in South Africa in 1905. It weighed 3,106.75 carats uncut. It was cut into the Great Star of Africa, weighing 530.2 carats, and 105 other diamonds which now form part of the British crown jewels.

3. In the eastern part, South Africa entirely surrounds another country– Lesotho, an independent constitutional monarchy.

4. South Africa has the cheapest electricity in the world (and generates two-thirds of the continent’s electric).

5.  The only street in the world to house two Nobel prize winners is Vilakazi Street in Soweto, South Africa.  Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu both have houses there.

6. South Africa is the sole producer of the Mercedes Benz C-Class right-hand drive vehicles, and the only place outside of the U.S. to manufacture the Hummer H3.

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Kissing

1. The average woman kisses 29 men before getting married.

2. In 2005, a couple in London locked lips for 31 hours, 30 minutes and 30 seconds— making it the longest kiss ever recorded.

3. Don Juan (1926) has more on-screen kisses than any other film, at 127.

4. Men who kiss their partners before leaving for work average higher incomes than those who don’t.

5. Passionate kissing burns 6.4 calories a minute. Comparatively, a Hershey kiss contains 26 calories.

6. Two out of three people turn their head to the right when kissing.

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