• It was noted 20th-century American poet e.e. cummings who made the following sage observation: “The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.”
• Those who study such things claim that a single teaspoon of ordinary soil contains more living creatures than all the humans on the planet.
• Albert Einstein’s final words are lost to history. He spoke his last words in his birth tongue, German, and it seems that the nurse who was attending him during his last moments spoke only English.
• Other than the fact that they were all famous writers, what did Charles Dickens, Edgar Allen Poe, Mark Twain, Louisa May Alcott, James A. Michener and Leo Tolstoy have in common? They all were adopted.
• The monkfish, a species of anglerfish found primarily in the northwestern Atlantic Ocean, has an enormous head. Really, really enormous. The monkfish’s head is so large, in fact, that it makes up three-quarters of its body.
• It’s been reported that country singer-songwriter Willie Nelson believes he’s had numerous previous lives, including at least one as a Native American.
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Thought for the Day: “Writers have two main problems. One is writer’s block, when the words won’t come at all, and the other is logorrhea, when the words come so fast that they can hardly get in the wastebasket in time.” — Cecilia Bartholomew
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