It was Samuel West, the founder and curator of Sweden’s Museum of Failure (which showcases disasters in design and innovation), who made the following sage observation: “Each failure is uniquely spectacular, while success is nauseatingly repetitive.”

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Those who study such things say that the earth is more flattened at the South Pole than the North Pole. The weight of all that ice is to blame.

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Clams can live for more than 200 years.

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You know what a mortgage is, but do you know how the word came to the English language? The “mort” should give you a clue. The roots trace all the way back to a Latin term meaning “death pledge.”

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Abraham Lincoln was the only American president to witness battle firsthand while in office.

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A caterpillar has 4,000 muscles.

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According to a number of psychological surveys and studies, men have more friends early in life, while women have more friends when they’re older.

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Early science-fiction author E.E. “Doc” Smith wasn’t just a writer; he also was an engineer. He’s the guy who figured out how to get powdered sugar to stick to doughnuts.

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All tortoises are turtles, but not all turtles are tortoises.

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