• It was 20th-century French air force brigadier general and geopolitician — and bearer of the nickname “father of the French atom bomb” — Pierre Marie Gallois who made the following sage observation: “If you put tomfoolery into a computer, nothing comes out of it but tomfoolery. But this tomfoolery, having passed through a very expensive machine, is somehow ennobled and no one dares criticize it.”
• Fashion historians claim that England’s Queen Elizabeth I owned 3,000 of the elaborate dresses popular during her time.
• The Great Pyramid of Cheops in Egypt is so large that its base would cover 10 football fields.
• Without a bottle opener, a drunk homeless man in Belgrade, Serbia, was at a loss as to how to open his beer. So he hit upon the bright idea of using a hand grenade to pop the top. A live hand grenade, as it turned out. He popped his own top as well, dying in the incident. It’s not known how he got the grenade to begin with.
• At 140,000 square miles, the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, located (unsurprisingly) in Hawaii, is larger than all the other U.S. national parks put together.
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Thought for the Day: “The reason why so few good books are written is that so few people who can write know anything.” — Walter Bagehot
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