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Strange But True

• As the races for the presidential nomination in both political parties heat up, it’s interesting to consider that it was the 33rd president of the United States, Harry Truman, who made the following observation: “All the President is, is a glorified public-relations man who spends his time flattering, kissing and kicking people to get them to do what they are supposed to do anyway.”

• Some parental organizations, disturbed my the promotion of theft they perceive in Hamburglar, are working on getting the McDonald’s chain of fast-food restaurants to remove the character.

• At some point in your life you’ve probably gotten your hands gooey with papiermâché, whether you were making crafts yourself or helping your kids. You may not have realized, though, that the term “papier-mâché” means “chewed-up paper” in French.

• How would you like to be a cockroach researcher? Not an appealing thought, I imagine (certainly not for me!). They do exist, though, and one of the leading areas of research is in the synthesis of female cockroach pheromones. Yes, you read that right. Researchers are hoping to use the pheromones to lure male cockroaches into traps.

• Next time you’re in Georgia, you might consider heading to Zebulon, a small town of a little more than 1,000 people. If you’re lucky, your visit will coincide with the annual Pimiento Festival. Yes, the town holds a festival dedicated to the little red bits stuffed inside olives. While you’re there, you might even be fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of the Pimiento Queen.

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Thought for the Day: “To read a newspaper is to refrain from reading something worthwhile. The first discipline of education must therefore be to refuse resolutely to feed the mind with canned chatter.” – Aleister Crowley

(c) 2007 King Features Synd., Inc.

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