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Strange But True




 

 

• When George Washington made his famous crossing of the Delaware River, silence was very important to his strategy, so the oars had to be muffled so they wouldn’t squeak. However, materials were scarce. The solution: They used women’s underwear to keep the oars quiet.

• The harmonica and the accordion were invented by the same person.

• In ancient Egypt, parents quieted their children by feeding them an extract from poppies – the same plant from which opium is derived.

• If you’re a cat lover, I’m not sure if you’d be more or less likely to agree with the following quote from Doug Larson: “The cat could very well be man’s best friend, but would never stoop to admitting it.”

• Before he became famous, actor Jack Nicholson ran errands at MGM Studios.

• It was 19th-century French economist Frederic Bastiat who made the following observation: “Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.”

• Plastic wrap is a staple of the American kitchen – in fact, you probably have a roll or two stashed in a drawer or cupboard right now. But did you know that in the U.S., we use enough of the stuff every year to cover the entire state of Texas?

• Demographers claim that in Italy, one-third of all men over the age of 30 live with their parents.

(c) 2007 King Features Synd., Inc.

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