• If you have plans to travel to Indiana this September, you might want to head to the small town of Harmony. That’s where, on the third Saturday of September every year, you’ll find the Big Whopper Liar’s Contest, in which contestants compete to see who can tell the most original, exaggerated lie.
• You might be surprised to learn that it was noted author and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson who made the following observation: “Being perfectly well-dressed gives a feeling of tranquility that religion is powerless to bestow.”
• In ancient Egypt – around 1500 B.C. – baldness was considered to be the absolute height of feminine beauty. Women of the nobility often had special gold tweezers that they used to pluck their hair, and then they polished their heads to a high sheen with buffing cloths.
• Those with entirely too much time on their hands have determined that there are precisely 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.
• Studies show that men not only laugh louder than women, they also laugh longer and more often.
• If you think weddings in the United States are getting out of hand, you might want to consider this: In a traditional Korean wedding, the engagement gifts alone can cost $40,000 or more.
• Every year, there are more than 50,000 earthquakes throughout the world.
• The next time you’re upset and thinking about tossing something across the room, try to keep in mind the results of a study conducted in 1999, in which researchers found that venting anger on inanimate objects actually increases aggression rather than decreasing it.
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Thought for the Day: “Mountains appear more lofty the nearer they are approached, but great men resemble them not in this particular.” – Lady Marguerite Blessington
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