• The human brain would be able to perform 38 quadrillion (38 thousand trillion) operations per second if it were a computer.
• Lisa Jakub, who played teenager Lydia Hilliard in “Mrs. Doubtfire,” was kicked out of her Toronto school for taking the five-month-long film gig. When co-star Robin Williams found out, he wrote a letter to the school asking them to reconsider. School officials framed his letter, but didn’t change their mind about Jakub.
• Pope Francis was once a nightclub bouncer in his native Argentina.
• Neptune was the first planet to be found through mathematical predictions rather than telescopic location.
• The Iberian ribbed newt uses its own bones as weapons! Special tubercles in its abdomen allow its ribs to poke out through its skin when the newt is frightened. As an added bonus, the skin secretes a toxic chemical, turning this little creature into a killer of anything that tries to bite it.
• Allodoxaphobia is the fear of opinions.
• In Ghana, people like to be buried in something that represents their lives. These include coffins shaped like planes for pilots, fish for fishermen and a Mercedes for a businessman.
• Many companies try to be as ethical and environmentally friendly as possible, but Stella McCartney bags took that initiative a step further by making some of the accessories out of corn.
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Thought for the Day: “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
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