• It was beloved American humorist Will Rogers who made the following sage observation: “Everything is funny as long as it’s happening to somebody else.”
• If you have spent a great deal of time in the Scottish highlands, you might be familiar with the term “sgiomlaireachd.” Evidently, the habit of dropping in at mealtimes is common enough there to require a word to describe it.
• How would you like to brush your teeth with salt, chalk or ground brick? The first tooth powders used with toothbrushes were made of just such materials.
• Ever wonder why magazine publisher Hugh Hefner chose a rabbit as the symbol of his Playboy magazine? Evidently, when the mogul was a small boy, one of his treasured possessions was a blanket with bunnies all over it.
• The world’s most popular fruit is the banana. In the United States, people consume more bananas than apples and oranges put together.
• Those who study such things say that Italians drink, on average, 26 gallons of wine every year.
• The English word “vegetable” comes from the Latin word “vegetare,” which means “to invigorate.”
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