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The world consumes over a million tons of chocolate each year.

The average American ALONE consumes 12 pounds of chocolate annually! This was undoubtedly aided by the fact that the first chocolate factory in the United States was established just three years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence!

The average human heart beats 100,000 times each day.

All this expanding and contracting pushes around 2,000 gallons of blood through the human body! Over a 70-year lifetime, the average human heart will beat more than 2.5 billion times. If all our blood vessels were laid end-to-end, they would stretch for about 60,000 miles - circling the planet more than two times!

A rabbit's teeth never stop growing.

This is why rabbits are so renowned for their nibbling skills. If a rabbit wasn't constantly chewing on something, its teeth would overgrow! This is also true for other animals such as horses. If you have ever heard someone use the expression "long in the tooth" to describe someone who is old, you now know where that phrase came from!

Some awesome lists!

A YouTube user who begged for rich people to give him a million dollars is BEING GIVEN $1,000,000 BY A RANDOM MILLIONAIRE ON FEBRUARY 2ND!

I guess we'll have to wait and see if it turns out to be real or a hoax until February 2. How random!

Maine is home of the "toothpick capital of the world."

Strong, Maine, a town of about 1,250 residents, was one of the world's largest producers of toothpicks until 2003. The company responsible for this massive industry is Forster Inc., founded in 1887 by Charles Forster of Boston. Before Charles Forster came along, toothpicks were permanent and typically made of substances such as ivory, gold, or silver. Forster was the first to come up with the idea of disposable toothpicks made of wood, and he established his factory in Strong because of the multitude of birch trees in the area.

In 1995, Forster Inc. was purchased by Diamond Brands, the other large American toothpick manufacturer. Diamond went bankrupt and was bought by another corporation in 2003. A month after the acquisition the company, Jarden Corp., announced that the Forster plant in Strong was to be closed. This ended the historic run of a factory which produced 15.6 million toothpicks in its heyday.

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