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+ When asked to name their favorite flavor for a dessert or a sweet snack, 52 percent of Americans say it’s chocolate. Vanilla and berry flavors are tied for second place, but they each got only 12 percent of the vote.

+ It’s notoriously difficult to define pornography (“I know it when I see it”), but the origin of the word is no mystery. It was coined in the 1800s, and it comes from the Greek words “porne,” which means “prostitute,” and “graphos,” which means “writing.” Sounds pretty clear to me.

+ During the 2000 presidential primary, reporters traveling with John McCain claimed that the senator and former war hero – and current presidential candidate – had terrible breath.

+ According to a recent study, teens today spend more time watching TV than they spend reading, writing e-mail, surfing the Internet and playing video games combined.

+ It was Savielly Grigorievitch Tartakower, a Polish-born chess grandmaster who was known as the king of chess journalism in the 1920s and ’30s, who made the following sage observation: “Victory goes to the player who makes the next-to-last mistake.”

+ Next time you’re heading to the Big Apple for business or pleasure, you might want to keep this startling fact in mind: Health department records show that more people are bitten every year by New Yorkers than are bitten by sharks.

+ It looks like it’s going to be another dry summer, so next time you’re thinking about ordering that sirloin steak, consider this: It takes 100 times as much water to produce a pound of beef than it does to produce a pound of wheat.

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Thought for the Day: “When there are two conflicting versions of a story, the wise course is to believe the one in which people appear at their worst.” – H. Allen Smith

(c) 2007 King Features Synd., Inc.

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