Are you a fan of hot peppers? One you might want to avoid is the Dragon’s Breath chili pepper, which could kill you by causing a type of anaphylactic shock, burning and even closing your airway. But Mike Smith, its inventor, never intended it to be eaten: It was actually developed for use as a topical numbing agent for people who are allergic to regular anesthetics.

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Only two countries use the color purple in their national flags — Dominica and Nicaragua.

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Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Peter Benchley’s “Jaws” made a lot of folks afraid to go back in the water, but perhaps what they should have been more concerned about is the fact that the sea is home to nearly 200,000 different viruses!

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It is illegal to enter the House of Parliament while wearing a suit of armor.

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The first person to be charged with driving too fast was Walter Arnold, of the English village Paddock Wood in Kent. On Jan. 28, 1896, he clocked in at four times the speed limit in his Benz — or a whopping 8 mph. A constable chased him down on a bicycle and issued Arnold a ticket.

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On average, a person’s eyes make 15 to 30 gallons of tears a year.

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A rainbow’s arc is relative to the position of the person observing it, so it is impossible for two people to actually see the exact same one.

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The air around a lightning bolt is five times hotter than the surface of the sun.

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Smuggling a cat out of ancient Egypt was punishable by death.

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A variety of corn grown in Peru has kernels so large that they’re eaten individually.

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“Hurkle-durkle” is an old Scottish word meaning to lie in bed after it’s time to get up and get going.

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A New Jersey man bought a $5 bottle of orange juice, which his wife deemed too expensive and sent him back to return. He bought two Powerball lottery tickets with the refund and ended up winning the jackpot worth $315.3 million.

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The shape of the Coca-Cola bottle is patterned after a cacao seed pod.

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