September 11, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT

No matter what anyone says, ignorance isn’t bliss. Thank goodness, then, for pop culture. By Labor Day, moviegoers, couch potatoes, readers, and the like will have drunk at a veritable fountain of knowledge via the summer’s many offerings — and just in time for back to school. Here are this season’s fun facts (don’t worry, there won’t be a quiz).

Phillips Exeter Academy began admitting women in 1971 (A Widow for One Year)

A comet is mostly ice (Deep Impact)

Digitalis, an angina medicine, can be an untraceable poison in large doses (Melrose Place)

The Good Samaritan Law (which makes it a crime not to help someone in danger) began in France (the Seinfeld finale)

There are 6 billion people on the planet (Armageddon)

Fubar is an acronym for ”f—ed up beyond all recognition” (Saving Private Ryan)

Tumors can grow teeth and hair (Guinness World Records: Primetime)

In England, one would dial 1471, not star 69, to see who called (Bridget Jones’s Diary)

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