• The next time you’re in New York City and feel like indulging yourself, you might want to consider stopping by the Wall Street Burger Shoppe. That’s the fine establishment where you can purchase the city’s most decadent – and expensive – hamburger. This luxury starts with a pure Kobe beef patty and is topped with aged Gruyere chesse, wild mushrooms, black truffles and foie gras, and the brioche bun is topped with flecks of gold leaf. The price tag for this extravagant indulgence? $175.
• It was 17th-century Spanish writer Baltasar Gracian who made the following sage observation: “It is better to sleep on things beforehand than lie awake about them afterwards.”
• If you’re like the average American, you eat roughly 17 pounds of potato chips every year.
• If you’ve ever been laid off work, you know what a terrible experience it can be. Imagine, though, how much more traumatic it could have been if your erstwhile employer didn’t even have the decency to tell you in person. That’s exactly what Radio Shack did a couple of years ago, firing 400 of its employees via e-mail.
• Do you have a matutinal routine? Unless you’re a hard-core night owl, you probably do. “Matutinal” simply refers to something that occurs in the morning.
• At one time, the game checkers was known as “chess for ladies.”
• If you’re a man who shaves his face every day, you can figure that at an average of 10 minutes per shave, you spend 60 hours every year with a razor in your hand.
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Thought for the Day: “There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life – happiness, freedom and peace of mind – are always attained by giving them to someone else. – General Peyton C. March
(c) 2008 King Features Synd., Inc.