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By Mr. Smarty Pants

FEBRUARY 28, 2000: 

The first cornea transplant was done in 1904 in Ukraine.


There are at least two theories as to the origin of the term "raining cats and dogs." One: When people had houses with thatched roofs, cats and dogs who climbed on top would fall through if it rained. Two: In some mythologies, cats and dogs are associated with rain and wind.


The first Bible in Eskimo was printed in Copenhagen in 1744.


The sale of Sea Monkeys will not be banned in Greece despite recent complaints that it is unethical to sell the tiny ready-to-hatch shrimps to children. They were first imported to Greece in 1999 and sold under the name "Little Sea Souls."


The first word spoken on the moon was "Houston."


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