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Strange But True




 

 

• A newspaper reporter once asked General Charles de Gaulle, leader of the Free French Forces during World War II and later president of the French Fifth Republic, if he was happy. De Gaulle replied, “What do you take me for, an idiot?”

• If you’re like a million other Americans, you admit to drinking Coke for breakfast.

• The next time you’re planning a trip to Indiana, keep in mind that in that state it is illegal to talk behind a person’s back or engage in “spiteful gossiping.”

• It’s been claimed that prodigy William James Sidis had the highest IQ ever recorded (though any record of the test has been lost). At the age of 18 months, he was reading The New York Times; by the time he was 8, he had taught himself Latin, Greek, French, Russian, German, Hebrew, Turkish and Armenian and had invented his own language he called Vendergood. At the age of 11 he became the youngest person to enroll in Harvard University, and when he was 12 he lectured the Harvard Mathematical Club on four-dimensional bodies. He graduated cum laude at 16.

• If you wanted to circle the equator with onedollar bills, it would take 257,588,120 of them.

• In 1889, a magazine called The Literary Digest made the following prediction: “The ordinary ‘horseless carriage’ is at present a luxury for the wealthy, and although its price will probably fall in the future, it will never, of course, come into as common use as the bicycle.”

• Before Charlton Heston became a famous actor, he earned cash by serving as an artists’ model — and posed in the nude.

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Thought for the Day: “When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I’ve never tried before.” — Mae West

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