It was 19th-century French novelist Gustave Flaubert who made the following sage observation: “Our ignorance of history makes us libel our own times. People have always been like this.”
You probably are aware of the fact that slugger Babe Ruth held the record for the most home runs; you might not know, though, that he also held the record for the most strike-outs.
The nuns who were with her at the time of her death claim that the last words spoken by Mother Teresa were, “I love you, Jesus. I love you, Jesus.” However, her doctor says that her last words were, “I can’t breathe.”
Johannes Gutenberg got the idea for a printing press from seeing a wine-making press.
If you like to go out and hit the greens on a nice summer day, you might want to consider this fact the next time you’re thinking about breaking out the irons and putters: More people are struck by lightning on golf courses than anywhere else.
One of the great tragedies of the United States was the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre (incidentally, it was also the first assassination of a chief executive of our nation). Most people don’t realize, though, that another, less well-known part of the family was also murdered. It’s been reported that Lincoln’s dog, Fido, jumped up on a drunk man, who then stabbed the pooch to death for getting muddy paws on his clothes.
Grammy award-winning Cuban-American singer and songwriter Jon Secada was a runner up in New Jersey’s Golden Gloves.
Thought for the Day: “Any frontal attack on ignorance is bound to fail because the masses are always ready to defend their most precious possession – their ignorance.” – Hendrik Willem van Loon
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