• Artist Salvador Dali had a unique way of occasionally avoiding the bill for drinks and meals — he would draw on the checks, making them priceless works of art and, therefore, uncashable.
• The governor of China’s Hunan Province banned Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” because he believed that animals should not be given the power to use the language of humans, and to put animals and humans on the same level would be “disastrous.”
• A researcher in Madagascar was so interested in sand flea development that she let one of the bugs live inside her foot for two months.
• George Washington died after his doctors removed 40% of his blood (80 ounces) over a 12-hour period to cure a throat infection. While critics have claimed for decades that he was bled to death, the exact cause of his demise is still debated among scholars.
• The longest time between the births of twin siblings is 87 days. Amy Ann Elliot debuted prematurely on June 1, 2012, and Kate Marie Elliot followed on Aug. 27, at Waterford Regional Hospital in County Waterford, Ireland.
• When the mummy of Ramses II was sent to France in the mid-1970s, it was issued a passport. Ramses’ occupation? “King (deceased)”!
• In the early stage version of “The Wizard of Oz,” Dorothy’s faithful companion, Toto, was replaced by a cow named Imogene.
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