If you do a Google search on the word “askew,” the resulting content will tilt slightly to the right.

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St. Lucia is the only country in the world named after a woman. Originally called the Island of the Iguanas by early Carib settlers, the name was later changed after French seamen were shipwrecked there on Dec. 13, the feast day of St. Lucy.

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Ever noticed how some mass-produced ballpoint pens, such as the Bic Cristal, have a hole in the cap? No? Well, in case you someday do, now you’ll know why — it’s not just to prevent leaks, but choking as well. Lots of folks like to chew on pen lids, and in the event they accidentally swallow the cap, the hole ensures it won’t completely block their airway.

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Cats are believed to be the only mammals that don’t taste sweetness.

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Canada eats more macaroni and cheese than any other nation in the world.

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In 1978, DC put out a “Superman vs. Muhammad Ali” comic book. While the plot deals with aliens, the book’s highlight is the whooping Superman gets in a sparring match with “The Greatest”!

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A French general, the Marquis de Lafayette, gave John Quincy Adams a pet alligator. Our sixth president not only kept it in a White House bathtub, but enjoyed showing it off to visitors.

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The Gate Tower Building in Osaka, Japan, has a highway that passes through the building, between the fifth and seventh floors.

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A Paris morgue needed help identifying bodies in the 1860s, so decided to open its doors to the public. They probably underestimated people’s morbid curiosity, though, as soon 40,000 people a day were coming to look at corpses.

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The original game of Clue, patented in 1947 by a British man who invented it to pass time during World War II air-raid blackouts, included a lead pipe token made of real lead. The original version also included a syringe and walking stick.

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