• A Florida waitress was promised a new Toyota after winning a sales contest at her restaurant, but was given a toy Yoda, a “Star Wars” doll, instead. She sued the company, and received more than enough to buy herself a new Toyota.
• Fear of dolls is called “pediophobia.”
• Alchemist Hennig Brand is thought to have used upwards of 1,500 gallons of human urine in his quest to make gold. After he evaporated, boiled and distilled it multiple times, it started to glow in the dark and burst into flames. He had instead discovered the element phosphorus.
• Cats have more than 100 vocal sounds, while dogs only have about 10.
• Astronaut John Young caused a small scandal in 1965 when he smuggled a corned beef sandwich aboard Gemini 3. When he took it out in zero gravity and tried to eat it, it broke up, sending crumbs flying around the cabin. No harm was done, but the incident sparked a safety review by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations and a statement from NASA assuring that steps had been taken “to prevent recurrence of corned beef sandwiches in future flights.”
• Jim Carrey’s make-up routine for “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” was so intense and his costume was so uncomfortable that he underwent training from the CIA’s torture experts!
• Take a good look at Disney princesses and you’ll notice that they’re all essentially attired in typical princess garb of gown, tiara, etc. But here’s a small difference you might not have picked up on — some wear gloves, and some don’t. What’s up with that? The ladies without gloves are commoners who married into royalty.
• • •
Thought for the Day: “In a complex world, intelligence consists in ignoring things that are irrelevant.” — Nassim Nicholas Taleb
(c) 2020 King Features Syndicate, Inc.