2017-08-16 / Columns

Strange But True


• It was 18th-century American novelist and poet Herman Melville who made the following sage observation: “Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.”

• Those who study such things say that the three subjects that spark the most arguments in a marriage are money, children and driving. Of course, any couple that has had to figure out a teenager’s auto insurance costs already knows that.

• Dogs can be xenophobic, too — those are the pups that are afraid of strangers.

• You’ve heard of standing desks, right? These work surfaces — which are designed to allow people to stand rather than sit while accomplishing their tasks — have become quite popular in recent years. Standing desks are not a new invention, however; they reportedly were used by such notable historical figures as Benjamin Franklin, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, Virginia Woolf, Oliver Wendell Holmes and Winston Churchill.

• According to scientists, time can be measured more accurately than length.

• It’s been reported that 16th-century English theologian John Wesley, founder of Methodism, never ate an evening meal. (c) 2017 King Features

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