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Mosaic was the first internet browser that permitted the internet as we now know it. Released on April 23, 1993 (four years after the world wide web), Mosaic allowed web pages to show graphics, photos, text styles, and formatting. Before then, web pages were all text with links.

Van Gogh sold only one painting in his lifetime.

The song we know as "Happy Birthday" was written by Mildred and Patty Smith Hill in 1893 as "Good Morning to All." The current lyrics were added in 1924.

Dr. Suess wrote Green Eggs and Ham because of a bet that he couldn't write a book that used only 50 words. He won.

In Mary Shelly's Frankenstein, the creature is not given a name. Frankenstein refers to it variously as "fiend," "monster," and "devil," among other terms. However, the creature sees himself as Adam after reading Paradise Lost.

Elvis never gave an encore.

The Mona Lisa is painted on poplar boards, not canvas.

Rodin’s statue known as The Thinker is actually a statue of the poet Dante.

Shirley Temple always had exactly 56 curls in her hair in every one of her childhood movies.

The real name for the portrait known as the "Mona Lisa" is actually La Giaconda.

300,000 extras were used for the film Gandhi in 1981, the most in any movie.

Howdy Doody had 48 freckles.

Napoleon’s soldiers used Leonardo’s painting of the Last Supper for target practice.

Mel Blanc, the voice of Bugs Bunny, hated carrots. Every time Bugs chews them in a cartoon, it's really Mel chewing carrots--nothing else sounded right. He then spit them in a wastebasket.

If Barbie were life-sized, her measurements would be 39-23-33

The bagpipe probably originated in Mesopotania in ancient times, was used by ancient Greeks and Romans, and was brought to Britain by the Romans.

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