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Joseph Merrick, more popularly known as the Elephant Man, had to sleep sitting up because of the extra weight his deformities put on his head. According to his autopsy, he died of a dislocated neck by trying to sleep lying down, in order to "be like other people.”

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The average lifespan of a MLB baseball is 8 pitches and approximately 90 are used each game.

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The first recorded child abuse case in the U.S. was prosecuted using animal cruelty laws, since there were no laws against child abuse at the time.

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The term "cliffhanger" is considered to have originated with Thomas Hardy's novel "A Pair of Blue Eyes," serialized in Tinsley's Magazine in 1872-3, in which a protagonists is left literally hanging off a cliff.

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Due to the octopus's intelligence, they and all other cephalopods are the only invertebrates that need to be anesthesised before surgery.

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The word Hello became popular after Thomas Edison suggested its use when answering the phone. Alexander Graham Bell, his competitor, preferred Ahoy.

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Baby elephants suck their trunks just like how babies suck their thumbs.

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The phrase "There ain't no such thing as a free lunch" came from the practice of saloons offering a free lunch to patrons purchasing at least one drink. Lunch consisted of salty finger-foods, encouraging the drinking of more beer.

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The grasshopper and locust are actually the same creature; the locust is the grasshopper high on serotonin.

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A Japanese company has awarded its non-smoking employees 6 extra vacation days to compensate for the smoker’s smoke breaks.

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