2017-09-06 / Columns

Strange but True


• It was 20th-century American pediatrician and author Benjamin Spock who made the following sage observation: “All the time a person is a child he is both a child and learning to be a parent. After he becomes a parent he becomes predominantly a parent reliving childhood.”

• If you’re lucky enough to be hanging out with a bunch of frolicsome pug dogs, you can accurately call your companions a grumble of pugs.

• You might be surprised to learn that an early version of scuba diving took place as early as the 1770s. A man named Andrew Becker wore his leathercovered diving suit during an hour-long immersion in a London stretch of the River Thames. He even had a window in his helmet -- though there’s no report on what, if anything, he saw in the notoriously murky waters.

• Those who study such things say that the average American man shaves at least 20,000 times in his life. If you add up all that time spent shaving, by the time he reaches the age of 75 a man has spent more than 37 days with a razor in his hand.

• If you decide to move to Kentucky, you might want to keep in mind that in that state, it’s against the law to paint your lawn red.

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Thought for the Day: “Humanity needs dreamers, for whom the disinterested development of an enterprise is so captivating that it becomes impossible for them to devote their care to their own material profit. Without doubt, these dreamers do not deserve wealth, because they do not desire it. Even so, a well-organized society should assure to such workers the efficient means of accomplishing their task, in a life freed from material care and freely consecrated to research.” — Marie Curie (c) 2017 King Features

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