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By Mr. Smarty Pants

FEBRUARY 7, 2000: 

Abraham Lincoln had Marfan syndrome, as did Mary Queen of Scots and Sergei Rachmaninov.


February is National Wild Bird Feeding Month. Typical backyard birds spend most of their waking hours looking for food.


Pope John Paul (born Albino Luciani), reigned for only 33 days in 1978, enjoyed seaweed pizza, and as a cardinal authored a book, Illustrissimi, in which he wrote letters to famous people, one of whom was Pinocchio.


Armanita Ross was the birth name of the woman otherwise known as Harriet Tubman, who helped slaves escaping the South find their way to safety through the Underground Railroad. Her birth name is also listed as Araminta Ross, Armanita Greene, and Harriet Ross.


During his first day as a writer for Disney Studios, Harlan Ellison was fired for jokingly suggesting a "porn Disney flick" be made.


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