• Do you get annoyed at your mate’s bathroom habits? Well, you’re not the only one. A survey was conducted in 2006 to determine exactly what it is we do to drive each other nuts there. The No. 1 compliant was leaving an empty roll of toilet paper on the spool instead of replacing it with a new roll. The second most common pet peeve was finding gooey globs of toothpaste in the sink.
• It was American columnist and author Bill Vaughan who made the following sage observation: “Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them.”
• The country of Canada gets its name from a Native American word meaning “big village.”
• Butchers in Germany recently decided to spice up their trade with some new sausage flavors, including kiwi, maraschino cherry, lemon and aloe vera. You’ve got to wonder, though: Did that actually help or hurt their business?
• The Disney complex in Florida employs 350 chefs and 300 sommeliers, serving more wine than any other site in the entire U.S.
• Chicago may not deserve the title “Windy City” after all. Those who study such things say that the wind there averages only 10.3 mph. In contrast, 13.9 mph is the average wind speed in Dodge City, Kansas, making it the windiest city in the United States.
• Childhood obesity has become a well-publicized problem in this country, and much debate has gone into deciding how best to tackle the issue. The state of West Virginia is taking a somewhat novel approach: By next year, you’ll be able to find the video game “Dance Dance Revolution” in all of its public schools.
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Thought for the Day: “You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance.” – Ray Bradbury
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