By SAMANTHA WEAVER
• It was celebrated Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw who made the following sage observation: “The liar’s punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.”
• Virginia law prohibits anyone over the age of 15 from wearing a mask in public, unless it’s part of a traditional holiday costume, for work or for medical reasons.
• You might be surprised to learn that there are people who study how air quality, humidity, the hardness of the water and pollution affect people’s hair. According to these researchers, the worst American cities for your tresses are Corpus Christi, Texas; Olympia, Wash.; and Pittsburgh.
• In a survey conducted by the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, it was found that two-thirds of Americans believe they are smarter than the average American.
• If you happen to be traveling in India and are passing through the town of Deshnoke, you might want to check out the Karni Mata temple — but not if you have an aversion to rodents: Karni Mata is the rat goddess. Visitors can dine at the temple, but they have to watch out for the more than 20,000 rats mingling with the guests. Don’t worry, though; if a rat runs across your feet, it’s considered to be good luck.
• Ever wonder what the world’s deadliest animal is? It’s the lowly mosquito. Thanks to the diseases it spreads, it kills more humans than any other animal on the planet.
• In 2004, a record was set for the world’s farthest pizza delivery when a Domino’s Pizza in London delivered a vegetarian supreme pizza to Melbourne, Australia — a distance of 10,532 miles. The world record challenge was conducted as a fundraising event and brought in nearly $ 50,000 for the Make-AWish Foundation.
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Thought for the Day: “Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn’t have to do it himself.” — A.H. Weiler (c) 2011 King Features Synd.