• It was noted American poet and feminist Adrienne Rich who made the following sage observation: “Language is as real, as tangible, in our lives as streets, pipelines, telephone switchboards, microwaves, radioactivity, cloning laboratories, nuclear power stations.”
• When you were growing up, did kids call each other “chicken” to insult each other’s bravery? In all likelihood, the answer is yes. That word has been used since the 14th century to insult those considered to be cowardly.
• It was once against the law in some places — England, for example — for a man to marry his brother’s widow. It was considered to be an incestuous relationship.
• On a per-capita basis, Canada is the most educated place in the world; more than half of the country’s residents have earned at least one college degree.
• According to a study conducted by researchers at Emory University, heterosexual couples who spend more than $20,000 on their wedding were three and a half times as likely to have shorter marriages than those who were more frugal. This principle extends to the ring, too; men who spent more than $2,000 on an engagement ring were more likely to end up divorced.
• It takes about 70 hours to read the entire Bible aloud — even longer if you take breaks to sleep and eat (and shower, one would hope).
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Thought for the Day: “If you don’t turn your life into a story, you just become a part of someone else’s story.” — Terry Pratchett