• It was American linguist, philosopher, historian and social critic Noam Chomsky who made the following sage observation: “Students who acquire large debts putting themselves through school are unlikely to think about changing society. When you trap people in a system of debt, they can’t afford the time to think.”
• If you were to choose a perfectly average snowflake and count up the number of water molecules that make it up, you’d find 180 billion of them.
• Some researchers estimate that, if left to their own devices, a single breeding pair of cats could produce a whopping 354,294 offspring within five years.
• It’s been reported that saloons once offered free lunches — and made sure those lunches were heavily salted in order to encourage patrons to buy more beverages.
• The word “dandelion” comes from the French phrase “dent de lion” — supposedly so named because the jagged edges of the plant’s leaf resemble a lion’s teeth.
• You’ve probably never heard of Roman emperor Elagabalus; he served for only four years — from 218 to 222. Among his contemporaries he was known for his decadence and eccentricity. For example, he was notorious for hosting elaborate banquets, then putting the ancient Roman equivalent of whoopee cushions on guests’ seats.
• Those who study such things say that a woman’s sense of smell is enhanced just before and during ovulation.
• If you had a billion dollars, you could spend $1,000 every day for nearly 3,000 years before you ran out of cash. (c) 2017 King Features