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2981. Fact
Every Swiss citizen is required by law to have a bomb shelter or access to a bomb shelter.

2982. Fact
The states with the most presidential burial sites: Ohio and Virginia (tie).

2983. Fact
Moscow weathermen can be fined for inaccurate weather forecasting.

2984. Fact
Before roasting, some green coffee beans are stored for years, and experts believe that certain beans improve with age, when stored properly.

2985. Fact
The largest employer in the world is the Indian railway system in India, employing over 1.6 million people

2986. Fact
When sharks bite down, their eyes automatically close in case their prey starts squirming trying to get free, and thereby cause damage to the shark's eyes in the process.

2987. Fact
If you attempted to count to stars in a galaxy at a rate of one every second it would take around 3,000 years to count them all.

2988. Fact
A common custom in Spain is to eat one grape for each of the last 12 seconds of every year for good luck

2989. Fact
The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable.

2990. Fact
Pearls melt in vinegar.

2991. Fact
Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the U.S. treasury.

2992. Fact
Almost without exception, cows are milked from the right side. The reason is because most farmers have been right-handed since the start of the dairy business and it's easier for a right-handed milker to work from the right side.

2993. Fact
The Shroud of Turin is the single most studied artifact in human history

2994. Fact
Ancient Egyptians slept on pillows made of stone.

2995. Fact
France, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Greece, and Australia have always been in the modern Olympics since it began in 1896

2996. Fact
The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth II, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns

2997. Fact
The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time television was Fred and Wilma Flintstone.

2998. Fact
Chained dogs are 3 times more likely to bite than unchained dogs.

2999. Fact
In Albania, nodding your head means no and shaking your head means yes.

3000. Fact
In 1959, the Soviet space probe Luna Two became the first manmade object to reach the moon as it crashed onto the lunar surface.

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Strange Natural Wonders of the World

Cave of Crystals Mexico

Massive beams of selenite dwarf explorers in the Cave of Crystals in Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico, March 18, 2008. Some single gypsum crystals in this cave are 36 feet long and weigh 121,200 pounds, some of the largest natural crystals ever found.

Hobbies are activities that we do in our spare time (= free time)

Things people play



Note: People join clubs (= become members of clubs) where they can play cards and chess.

Things people collect



Outdoor activities



With these hobbies we can use two different verbs, go and do:
We often go camping in the summer, or I do a bit of / a lot of rock climbing in the summer.

Creative hobbies



Note: When we start a hobby for the first time we often use the phrasal verb take up, and when we stop doing the hobby for the final time, we often use the phrasal verb give up.
I took up golf when I was fifteen, but I gave it up last year.
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