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Strange But True




 

 

• It was American author and illustrator Oliver Herford who defined a manuscript as “something submitted in haste and returned at leisure.”

• A football in an NFL game lasts, on average, only 6 minutes.

• If you’re planning to visit Chicago anytime soon, you might want to keep in mind that in that city, it’s against the law to dine in any establishment that is on fire.

• One Washington state prison offers inmates cats to aid in their rehabilitation.

• In 1856, a soldier of fortune ( who was also a journalist, doctor and lawyer) by the name of William Walker and his hand-picked group of mercenaries took over Nicaragua. Walker appointed himself dictator, thus securing for himself the distinction of being the only native-born American citizen to become head of state of a foreign nation.

• You might be surprised to learn that the Earth experiences a million earthquakes every year; however, most of them are so small that they aren’t even noticeable.

• Barbra Streisand once had a shopping mall installed in the basement of her Malibu, California, home.

• The next time you see a group of cats together, you can call them a “cloudier.” If the cats are young ones, though, the appropriate term for a group of kittens is a “kindle.”

• Those who study such things say that cockroaches can run as fast as 3 mph.

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Thought for the Day: “A man can’t be too careful in the choice of his enemies.” — Oscar Wilde

(c) 2014 King Features Syndicate, Inc.


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