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The oldest, still active social housing project exists since 1516 in Germany. The rent for a 500-700 sq ft. is three daily prayers for the founders and less than 1€ annually - it hasn't changed in almost 500 years.
The Pentagon was built with twice as many bathrooms as needed for a building of that size in order to comply with Virginia's racial segregation laws at the time.
Corals produce a natural sunscreen which chemists are trying to extract for use by humans.
The cheese industry calls holes in cheese "eyes". Any cheese without eyes is known as blind.
On Dec. 23 1975, President Gerald Ford signed the Metric Conversion Act, which finally gave official federal sanction for the U.S. to convert to using the metric system (but there was never a signed official deadline, which is why it has been an incredibly slow process!).
Iceland doesn't have a railway system or an army.
"BOLT-117"... The first laser guided bomb... actually saw service in Vietnam. They didnt have guidance pods on the aircraft, so a weapons officer would have to point a laser out the back seat of a moving F-4 Phantom to designate the target. Despite this, the weapon proved highly effective.
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