• It was famed Irish author George Bernard Shaw who made the following sage observation: “A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.”
• Although we tend to think of the bikini as a modern fashion innovation, two-piece bathing suits can be seen in murals in the ancient city of Pompeii.
• If you’re a fan of the “Star Trek” franchise, you might want to plan a trip to the capital of Sweden. It was in Stockholm last year that the world’s first Klingon tourist center opened.
• There seems to be quite a rivalry between the towns of Rosehill, North Carolina, and Wilmington, Delaware. Both locales claim to be the home of the world’s largest frying pan, with a diameter of 10 feet. This begs some questions, of course: How many eggs are being fried at once to require such a large piece of cookware? And what sort of stove is required to heat such a mammoth pan?
• If you’re like most Americans, you’ve stolen from your employer — though probably not much. It seems that 58% of your fellow citizens admit to taking office supplies for personal use.
• The London-based 40FT Brewery has an unusual beer on its list of offerings: Odius Ale. Its claim to fame? It’s brewed using yeast collected from writer Roald Dahl’s chair.
• There was a time when cartoon character Fred Flintstone appeared in ads for Winston cigarettes.
• I don’t know who studies such things, but those who do say that over the course of a lifetime, you’ll probably spend about three years in the restroom.
• • •
Thought for the Day: “Eminent posts make great men greater, and little men less.” — Jean de La Bruyere
(c) 2019 King Features Syndicate, Inc.