• It was Canadian American educator Laurence J. Peter who made the following sage observation: “You can always tell a real friend: When you’ve made a fool of yourself, he doesn’t feel you’ve done a permanent job.”
• In Murfreesboro, Tenn., it is illegal to keep indoor furniture outdoors.
• Mike Edwards, one of the founding members of the British band Electric Light Orchestra, met with an untimely death decades after he left the group. In 2010, as Edwards was driving in the rural southwest of England, a farmer lost control of a 1,300-pound bale of hay. This wheel-shaped bale rolled down a hill and over a hedge, and just happened to smash into the van that Edwards was driving.
• The humble honeybee is the official insect of 17 states.
• Those who study such things say that there is a 1 million to 1 chance that, within the next century, an asteroid will crash into the Earth and destroy most life on the planet.
• In 2008 a company called Defense Devices, based in Jackson, Tenn., introduced a new item: a stun gun disguised as a tube of lipstick. The same company offers a ring that will shoot pepper spray.
• You might be surprised to learn that the giant bullfrogs of South Africa have sometimes been known to attack lions.
• Rhode Island may be the smallest state, but it has the longest name: It’s offi cially known as the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantation.
• The tuatara is a lizard that can be found in New Zealand. Its claim to fame? It has a third eye, on the top of its head.
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Thought for the Day: “The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.” — Alfred Hitchcock
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