2012-04-11 / Columns

Strange But True

By SAMANTHA WEAVER

• It was beloved American humorist Will Rogers who made the following sage observation: “You can’t say civilization don’t advance, for in every war they kill you a new way.”

• Elkhart, Ind., has the dubious distinction of being the RV capital of the world.

• According to a survey by the magazine Vegetarian Times, if you’re a vegetarian, you have 3 percent of the U.S. population for company. Only half of 1 percent of Americans are vegans, consuming no animal products at all, while 10 percent say they follow a “vegetarianinclined” diet.

• The Hawaiian alphabet has only 12 letters.

• In 1743 one Dr. John Cohausen wrote a book called “Hermippus Redivivus,” in which he described how anyone could live to the ripe old age of 115 — a particularly impressive feat in the 18th century. His recipe for a long life involved burning gum olibani, styrae, myrrh and a variety of herbs, then inhaling the fumes, while at the same time “imbibing the exhalations of the nearest little girl.”

• According to the law in the town of Chester, England, if you catch a Welshman within the city walls after the sun has gone down, you may shoot him with a longbow.

• Those who study such things say that the asteroids are so rich in minerals that one cubic kilometer of one of these heavenly bodies would provide the materials to make enough steel to supply the world’s industry for more than a decade, with more than a century’s worth of nickel, to boot.

• The shortest complete sentence in the English language is “Go.”

(c) 2012 King Features Synd.

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