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June 25, 2011

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1. In 2010, a sex pheromone found in male mouse urine was named ‘darcin,’ for Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy.

2. The Procrastinators' Club of America newsletter is called "Last Month's Newsletter."

3. Hong Kong Airlines now teaches flight attendants wing chun, a form of kung fu, to subdue unruly passengers.

4. When asked why he chose the name Piggly Wiggly, founder Clarence Saunders said, “So people will ask that very question.”

5. The eight juices in V8 are tomato, spinach, celery, carrot, beet, lettuce, watercress and parsley.

6. Crayola means “oily chalk.” The name combines the words “craie” (French for “chalk”) + “ola” (short for “oleaginous,” or “oily”).

7. According to AT&T, more collect calls are placed on Father's Day than any other day of the year.

8. In 2009, the plastic pink flamingo became the official bird of Madison, Wisconsin.

9. Rice-a-Roni (“The San Francisco Treat”) was based on an Armenian recipe for rice pilaf.

10. The “L.L.” in L.L. Bean stands for Leon Leonwood.

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