• It was noted American wit and columnist Franklin P. Adams who made the following sage observation: “Elections are won by men and women chiefly because most people vote against somebody rather than for somebody.” It’s certainly something to keep in mind during this strife-ridden election season.
• Americans make more collect phone calls on Father’s Day than on any other day of the year.
• It was a German company, Interstuhl Manufactur, that made the world’s most expensive office chair. With a price tag of $65,500, you shouldn’t be surprised that the chair is plated in gold and comes with a matching ottoman.
• Have you ever wondered where we got the phrase “ the dog days of summer”? According to tradition, the dog days start in July — and not just because it’s usually pretty hot then. At one time, that was when Sirius, also known as the dog star, rose at sunrise. The Romans associated Sirius (called the dog star because it is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major, or “large dog”) with hot weather, and at the beginning of the dog days they would sacrifice a dog in the hope of ameliorating the sultry weather.
• If you were to take the entire world’s water supply and compress it into one single gallon, freshwater would make up just 4 ounces, and freshwater that is easily accessible would be just two drops.
• Considering the fact that it’s home to much of the American film industry, it’s probably not surprising that the sprawling city of Los Angeles has the world’s third-largest GMP, or gross metropolitan product.
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Thought for the Day: “An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower