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The Vatican has nominated St. Isidore of Seville to be the patron saint of the Internet, a seventh-century theologian and encyclopedist who tried to record everything ever known.

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The historical inaccuracies in the movie U-571 caused so much controversy it ended up being condemned in British Parliament. Americans did not capture the Enigma machine. The code had been broken years before they entered the war.

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Libraries in Los Angeles have done away with late fees for anyone under 21 and are instead allowing students to “read away” their fines in the library. This measure has been a success, with hundreds of children coming in per week to do so.

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The children's cartoon Arthur is still producing new episodes and is on its 21st season, and has been running longer than South Park.

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Tutankhamun's mummified body contains the oldest known genetic proof of the existence of malaria.

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A study found that the more expensive your wedding is, the shorter your marriage is likely to last.

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Sweden's early history is largely unknown because there are no written documents from Sweden before the 12th century. On its formation, a Swedish history book simply states: "How and when the Swedish kingdom appeared is not known.”

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During WWII air support had been requested against a German occupied city. By then, the British took the city but were unable to radio the RAF to stop the bombing, so a pigeon named G.I. Joe was sent to stop it, arriving just as the planes were preparing to take off, saving thousands of men.

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Even though diamonds are the hardest material known to man, they can be smashed and shattered by a hammer because hardness only determines how scratch resistant something is, not how strong it is.

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The Rare Earth hypothesis states that the origin of life on Earth required an improbable combination of astrophysical, as well as geological events in order to occur, and will likely not happen again in the Universe.

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