The Mountain Eagle
Whitesburg KY

Strange But True



• It was 17th-century French author Francois de La Rochefoucauld who made the following sage observation: “Some people with great virtues are disagreeable, while others with great vices are delightful.”

• If you wanted to dig to the center of the earth, you’d have to go down about 4,000 miles.

• If you’re a fan of fishing, here’s a cautionary tale regarding the weather: A 48- year- old Colombian man named Felipe Ortiz (for reasons unknown) decided to go out fishing in a raging storm. He cast his line into a strong wind, but the line blew back and caused the baited hook to lodge in his throat, killing him.

• Are you a dipsomaniac? The root of the word is from the Greek “dipso,” meaning “thirst” — and we’re all familiar with the “mania” part. “Dipsomaniac” is just a fancy name for a drunk.

• Feeling pressed by everincreasing postage rates? Well, consider this: To send mail by Pony Express originally cost $5 per ounce — the equivalent of more than $150 in today’s dollars.

• Unless you’re a professional dairy farmer who milks cows on a daily basis, it’s unlikely that you’re aware of the fact that it takes, on average, 350 squirts to get a gallon of milk. (c) 2018 King Features

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