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• You might be surprised to learn that there are no distilleries in the town of Bourbon, Kentucky.

• Bausch & Lomb, a company best known for its eye-care products, was originally known as Vulcanite Optical Instrument Company.

• Celine Dion and Gladys Knight both made their public singing debuts when they were only 5 years old.

• It was libertarian author and lecturer James Bovard who, in 1994, made the following sage observation: “Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.”

• Those who study first families of the United States say that first lady Pat Nixon ironed her own dresses, first lady Rosalynn Carter mended the family’s clothes, and President Harry Truman washed his own undergarments.

• The last state to officially abolish slavery was Mississippi – and it wasn’t until 1995 that it happened.

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Thought for the Day: “Beauty is all very well at first sight; but who ever looks at it when it has been in the house for three days?” – William Shakespeare

(c) 2007 King Features Synd., Inc.


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