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Strange But True




 

 

• If you’ve ever suffered from thermostat wars at your office, you might be interested in the following fact: Those who research such things conducted a study in 2004 on office temperatures. The results showed that workers were less productive and made more mistakes when office temperatures dropped from 77 F to 68 F.

• Anyone who has read her works will not be surprised to learn that it was 19th- century novelist Jane Austen, one of the most widely read and best-loved writers in British literature, who made the following observation: “There certainly are not so many men of large fortune in the world as there are pretty women to deserve them.”

• You might be unsurprised to learn that the word “mortgage” shares the same Latin root meaning as the terms “rigor mortis” and “mortician.” “Mortgage” literally means “death pledge.”

• Records indicate that in 1925, movie stuntmen (and yes, they were all men in those days) earned $7 to $8 per day for basic stunts. They got extra pay for certain activities, though; jumping from an airplane to a train was worth $150, for instance. Any stuntman who parachuted out of an exploding plane would get $500, and it was worth $1,500 to crash a plane into a house or a tree. Considering the state of technology and safety standards of the day, it’s no wonder that between 1925 and 1930, 55 people were killed while performing movie stunts, and another 10,000 were injured.

(c) 2007 King Features Synd., Inc.

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