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Who discovered black holes?

American physicist John Wheeler named the phenomenon in 1967.

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How did the custom of the handshake originate?

This custom started in medieval times. The world was an unsavory place back then, and people often concealed weapons in their hands. The handshake was a way of affirming that neither you nor the person you were greeting was carrying anything intended to harm. Over time, it evolved into a polite greeting.

What is the difference between a hog and a pig?

Specifically, a pig is a young swine that is not yet mature, but the term has come to be used for all wild or domestic swine. A hog is a swine weighing more than 120 pounds, but this term also is applied generally to all swine.

What are the oldest college and the oldest law school in the United States?

Harvard College (now the undergraduate school of Harvard University) was established in 1636 for men, making it the oldest college in the United States. Virginia's College of William and Mary was chartered in 1693 and established the first law school in the United States in 1779.

Is it true that Mount Washington, New Hampshire, is the windiest location in the world? What was the highest gust ever recorded?

The windiest place in the world is Commonwealth Bay, George V Coast, Antarctica, where winds reach 200 mph. The highest surface wind speed, 251 mph, was recorded on Australia's Barrow Island during Cyclone Olivia in 1996. Previously, 231 mph was recorded on top of Mount Washington, New Hampshire (on April 12, 1934).

What is root beer, and who created it?

Root beer was popularized in Philadelphia by a druggist named Charles Hires, who adapted an herbal tea recipe to make it. The drink was promoted heavily at the U.S. Centennial Exposition in 1876.

Who was the first lady when Thomas Jefferson was president?

Dolly Madison would sometimes assist the widowed President Jefferson in entertaining guests at the White House. Jefferson's daughter, Martha, also appeared as the lady of the President's House in the winter of 1802-1803, when she spent seven weeks there.

Where does Ugli fruit come from?

This is a trademark for the tangelo, a tropical fruit that is a hybrid between a grapefruit and a tangerine or mandarin orange. Tangelos originated in Jamaica.

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