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Strange but True



• It was noted American science fiction author Philip K. Dick who made the following sage observation: “Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.”

• You might be surprised to learn that when Hernan Cortes reached the New World in the 1600s, he found the Aztecs drinking hot chocolate at their banquets.

• The World Health Organization does not include cockroaches on its list of insects hazardous to human health.

• Are you afraid of rattlesnakes? Those are certainly dangerous creatures, but keep in mind that the venom of a black widow spider is 15 times deadlier than that of the rattler — and the spider doesn’t provide an early-warning alarm like the rattler does.

• The name for that lovely lavender stone, amethyst, is derived from the Greek term for “not drunk.”

• You probably knew that cats were revered in ancient Egypt, but did you know that when a domestic cat died, the family went into mourning? Yep. People would shave their eyebrows to demonstrate their grief over the passing of their beloved pet. (c) 2018 King Features Synd.

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