• Artist Salvador Dali believed he was the reincarnation of his dead brother, also named Salvador, who died almost 9 months to the day before Dali was born.
• Forget flowers and candy — in Fiji, a tradition known as “tabuas” is the practice of giving a woman a tooth from a sperm whale as the ultimate token of love and commitment.
• Inventor Nikola Tesla was a genius, but he was also dirt-poor. When faced with an overdue hotel bill, he responded by giving the employees a “death beam” in a box. He told employees not to open the box due to the danger, so it was forgotten about. When it was eventually rediscovered and opened, it was found to contain only old, harmless electrical parts.
• On average, a person accidentally eats about 430 bugs in each year of his or her life.
• In order to take the slick factory sheen off and allow pitchers to get a better grip, Major League Baseball wipes down each baseball with mud from an undisclosed location on the Delaware River.
• Denise Mueller-Korenek clocked the fastest speed ever by a cyclist in 2018, setting a new world record of 183.932 mph.
• Are you afflicted with nomophobia? That’s the term for a fear of being without mobile phone coverage. Surveys have indicated that more than half of U.K. residents suffer from it. This phobia is triggered by the fear of losing signal, running out of battery or even losing sight of a mobile phone.
• Queen lead singer Freddy Mercury had a degree in graphic design and came up with the logo for his band himself. It consisted of the zodiac symbols for the four band members.
• Mercury also liked to call his cats while he was on tour — “to chat.”
• Only 0.006% of the Korean population have the ABCC11 gene, which is the cause of armpit odor. As a result, deodorant is rarely sold in Korea.
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Thought for the Day: “A room without books is like a body without a soul.” — Marcus Tullius Cicero
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