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Strange but True



• It’s not entirely clear why, but those who study such things say that skin cancer is 20 percent more common on the left side of the body.

• Education is a generally considered to be a good thing; knowledge is power, after all. However, sometimes we learn something we really wish we didn’t know. For instance, did you know that in studies testing levels of bacteria on common items, toilet seats are consistently found to be much cleaner than fax machines, phone receivers and food cutting boards? I didn’t either. And you might not thank me for passing along that little tidbit.

• Are you a lychnobite? Before you answer that, you should keep in mind that a lynchobite is someone who works at night and sleeps during the day.

• If you’ve ever been to a formal wedding reception, you probably saw a receiving line, that traditional greeting of each guest by the bride, the groom and their families. Though it’s considered to be the proper thing to do, it can sometimes seem to go on and on and on. If you think that’s tedious, though, consider the plight of those who get married in Indonesia, where the tradition of the receiving line is firmly entrenched: There, it’s not uncommon to have more than 1,000 guests attend, and the bride and groom must greet each one before the festivities can even start.

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Thought for the Day: “Like cars in amusement parks, our direction is often determined through collisions.” – Yahia Lababidi

(c) 2008 King Features Synd., Inc.

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