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Strange But True




 

 

• It was William E. Vaughan who made the following sage observation: “To err is human, but to really foul things up you need a computer.”

• Those who study such things say that your brain can store 100 times as much information as a typical desktop computer.

• In 1930, United Airlines began using the aviation industry’s first stewardesses. To qualify for the position, applicants had to be registered nurses.

• George Washington, Dolley Madison, Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton helped to found this country, but that wasn’t all they had in common; they were also all big fans of eating ice cream.

• If you ever hear an orangutan belch, you’d better watch out. That’s a warning sign that you’re encroaching on his territory.

• When Andrew Jackson was running for president in 1828, an opponent called him a jackass. Instead of being offended, Jackson embraced the epithet, using the image of a donkey in campaign materials to represent his stubborn refusal to knuckle under to big business. Later, Thomas Nash, a political cartoonist in New York, started using the donkey to represent the Democratic Party as a whole.

• If you’re a well-traveled person, you might have noticed that the average woman in Scandinavia is taller than the average man in Asia.

• Only 12 people have walked on the surface of the moon.

• The framework for the Statue of Liberty was built by Gustave Eiffel, who later became famous for building Paris’ iconic tower.

• If you’re stopping at a fast-food restaurant for lunch today, you might want to consider the following: It takes a whopping 1,500 gallons of water to produce an average fast-food meal.

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Thought for the Day: “The more information you get, the less fantasy you have.” — Andy Warhol

(c) 2012 King Features Synd.


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