• It’s been reported that after an earthquake in San Francisco, Barbara Boxer, the junior senator from California, made the following comment: “Those who died, their lives will never be the same again.”
• Most people realize that the original Siamese twins, Chang and Eng, were born in Siam (now Thailand). Many would be surprised to learn, though, that after being exhibited as a curiosity on P.T. Barnum’s world tour, they became naturalized citizens of the United States, putting down roots in North Carolina in 1839, adopting “Bunker” as their last name, settling on a plantation and buying slaves. They married sisters and, between the two of them, had 22 children. It’s also been reported, though not confirmed, that they dreamed the same dreams when they slept.
• Yes, Barbie has a last name. It’s Roberts.
• Director Wes Craven reportedly named the character Freddy Krueger, from the “Nightmare on Elm Street” horror films, after a kid who had bullied him in school.
• Next time you feel a yawn coming on, you might want to be careful: Those who study such things say that if your yawn is too wide, you could break your jaw. Also, if you stretch while you yawn, you could dislocate your shoulder.
• A 15th-century man named Lodovico Cortusio evidently hated any and all expressions of grief. In fact, he forbade anyone to mourn at his funeral after his death on July 17, 1418. In his last will and testament, he specified that the person who laughed the most at his funeral would inherit the most, while anyone who cried would be disinherited.
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Thought for the Day: “He may be mad, but there’s method in his madness. There nearly always is method in madness. It’s what drives men mad, being methodical.” — G.K. Chesterton
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