• It was poet, philosopher and satirist Horace, who lived in the first century B.C., who made the following sage observation: “He who postpones the hour of living is like the rustic who waits for the river to run out before he crosses.”
• Legislators in Vermont once found it necessary to outlaw whistling while underwater.
• If someone were to ask you to name the sunniest spot on Earth, you might be tempted to answer “the Sahara Desert” or some other such exotic place. You would be wrong, though; that distinction belongs to a town right here in America. Out of the possible 4,456 daylight hours each year, the sun shines for an average of 4,050 in Yuma, Arizona. That means that there’s cloud cover or rain for only about 10 percent of the time there.
• You might be surprised to learn that, according to those who study such things, Alaskans eat twice as much ice cream per capita than the rest of the nation.
• In 2010 a new species of slug was discovered in the mountains of Borneo. It is distinguished from other species of slug by its novel method of mating: It shoots its mate with a so-called love dart made of calcium carbonate and containing hormones. The researchers nicknamed the gastropods “ninja slugs.”
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