• Sociologists have discovered an interesting correlation between economic health and women’s clothing: The worse the economy, the longer women’s skirts become, while the better the economy, the shorter they rise.
• Coca-Cola owns all website URLs that can be read as ahh, up to 62 h’s.
• The world’s shortest escalator is the one in the basement of the More’s Department Store in the city of Kawasaki, Japan. It’s 33 inches tall and has only five steps.
• Realizing that surgical antiseptics were marketable to just a small group of professionals, the makers of Listerine began to market the product as a floor cleaner — as well as a cure for gonorrhea. While we won’t necessarily vouch for the latter, in a pinch, just add a capful for every gallon of water and mop away. Other uses include dandruff elimination, deodorant, a numbing agent for toothache pain and tick removal.
• The famous Battle of Hastings didn’t take place in Hastings, but a town seven miles away, today called Battle.
• A 1938 issue of “Mademoiselle” magazine had a handy bit of advice for college gals seeking suitors: have your mom send you some flowers to trick all the boys into thinking they have competition. No word on whether it worked.
• According to an American study, Californians are less likely to barbecue on a Tuesday than any other day of the week.
• Ferdinand Demara, aka “The Great Impostor,” posed as a surgeon aboard a Navy destroyer in the Korean War, where he was forced to operate on 16 people. He proceeded to speed-read a textbook on general surgery and was able to successfully perform all the operations without losing a single patient.
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Thought for the Day: “Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you would rather have talked.” — Mark Twain
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