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Strange But True

• It was Andrew Jackson Young, American civil-rights activist, former U.N. ambassador, congressman and mayor of Atlanta, who made the following sage — and disturbingly accurate — observation: “Nothing is illegal if 100 businessmen decide to do it.”

• Those who study such things claim that by the time the average American reaches the age of 20, he or she has been exposed to more than a million advertisements.

• The United States has more dogs than any other country in the world, followed by Brazil in second place and China in third.

• Just to see what would happen, a group of scientists gave various drugs to spiders. The arachnids that were given caffeine created webs with random tangles, making them useless for catching insects. Interestingly, the ones that were given LSD created extremely neat webs. It’s unclear whether the scientists performed this experiment for research or just for fun.

• Moscow has more billionaires than any other city in the world. And, except for one — the mayor’s wife — they’re all men.

• The next time you’re heading to Boston for a little R and R, you might want to consider stopping by a rather unusual attraction. The Museum of Bad Art describes itself as “the world’s only museum dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition and celebration of bad art in all its forms.”

• The word “wedlock” originally referred to money given to the groom by the bride’s father (presumably for taking the girl off his hands).

• Have you ever experienced xerophthalmia? If you’re like most people, you probably have, but it’s not usually a condition to be terribly concerned about. Xerophthalmia is simply a fancy way of describing an abnormal dryness of the eyes.

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Thought for the Day: “The nice thing about egotists is that they don’t talk about other people.” — Lucille S. Harper

(c) 2008 King Features Synd., Inc.

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