• It was American author Paul Auster who made the following sage observation: “Only the good doubt their own goodness, which is what makes them good in the first place. The bad know they are good, but the good know nothing. They spend their lives forgiving others, but they can’t forgive themselves.”
• If summer where you are is starting to heat up, just be grateful you don’t live in western Australia. There, the average temperature is 96 degrees F. — all year long.
• Those who study such things claim that the supposed pirate tradition of walking the plank is a myth. Whenever pirates wanted to get rid of something — or somebody — they just tossed the offender overboard without ceremony.
• When a baby is born it has more than 300 bones in its body, but due to bone fusion, adults end up with only 206 bones.
• The next time you’re planning a European vacation, make time to visit the coast of the Netherlands, where you can stay in one of the world’s most unusual hotels. Along the banks of the Wadden Sea you’ll find Harlingen Harbour Crane, an actual derrick that was once used to haul timber. These days it holds aloft luxurious sleeping quarters designed for only one party at a time. If you need a change of scenery, just head to the control room to swing the crane around until you find a view that strikes your fancy.
• You may be surprised to learn that there is a growing interest in the new sport known as chess boxing. It’s a hybrid sport in which competitors alternate 4-minute rounds of speed chess with 2-minute rounds of boxing. Since 2008, there have been 10 international competitions in London alone.
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Thought for the Day: “It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into.” — Jonathan Swift