2017-11-08 / Columns

Strange But True

By SAMANTHA WEAVER

• It was 20th-century American author and social critic James Baldwin who made the following sage observation: “Ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.”

• Have you ever wanted to test yourself against international competitors, but you’re not an athlete? If so, you might want to check out the WorldSkills Competition. Every two years, competitors from 75 WorldSkills member countries compete to find out who is the best at a variety of skilled trades, ranging from bricklaying, plumbing and cabinetmaking to auto body repair, diemaking and electronics. Personal services contests include hairdressing and restaurant service, while florists and jewelry-makers compete in the creative arts and fashion category. IT folks can get in on the action, too, with awards for skills such as web design, information network cabling and IT software solutions for business.

• One of every six Supreme Court justices who have served in the history of the United States have been graduates of Harvard Law School.

• The 1926 Warner Brothers film “Don Juan” may hold the record for the most kissing in any movie. It’s been calculated that the star, John Barrymore, kisses a woman an average of every 53 seconds throughout the film.

• Those who study such things say than in ancient Maya culture, only men in the upper classes were permitted to grow beards.

• If you’re looking for an American-made car, your best bet is ... Tesla? Yep. Tesla is the only car manufacturer that is 100 percent American-made. Other auto manufacturers assemble their vehicles in the United States, but Tesla is the only one that also uses American-made parts in their cars.

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Thought for the Day: “Don’t be seduced into thinking that that which does not make a profit is without value.” — Arthur Miller (c) 2017 King Features

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