• If you’re like most people, the length of your footprint is approximately 15 percent of your height.
• Those who study such matters claim that Queen Elizabeth I was rather fond of playing practical jokes on her courtiers.
• It was American journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Ellen Goodman who made the following sage observation: “Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for — in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.”
• Hens don’t actually sit on their eggs; they squat on them, keeping their weight on their feet.
• In Texas, there’s a house that’s made entirely of Formica. It was designated a National Landmark in 1998.
• It’s not just for cats anymore: Purina also makes dog litter.
• You’re probably aware of the much-publicized fact that the Great Wall of China is one of the only human constructions that is visible from outer space. You might not know, however, that the extensive network of dikes that keeps the ocean out of the Netherlands is another such construction.
(c) 2008 King Features Synd., Inc.