• It was American science fiction writer Hal Clement who made the following sage observation: “Speculation is perfectly all right, but if you stay there you’ve only founded a superstition. If you test it, you’ve started a science.”
• For centuries, the month of June has been the most popular choice for weddings. One of the purported reasons was that some hundreds of years ago, this time was just after May’s annual bath, so the happy couple and the guests were about as clean as could be hoped.
• It is the policy of the United States government to never insure federal buildings. The rationale? With such vast holdings, it’s best for the government to assume its own risks.
• As Thanksgiving approaches, you might want to add to your vocabulary. In the Eurasian nation of Georgia, there is a term to describe the feeling of being full but unable to stop eating due to the deliciousness of the meal: “Shemomedjamo” means, literally, “I accidentally ate the whole thing.” (c) 2016 King Features