• It was American author, humorist and storyteller Garrison Keillor who made the following observation: "They say such nice things about people at their funerals, that it makes me sad to realize I’m going to miss mine by just a few days."
• According to a recent poll of pet owners, the most popular name in the United States for male dogs is Max; for female dogs, it’s Maggie.
• The murre, a bird found in the Arctic, actually dives into the water and swims to catch the small fish that comprise its diet. Interestingly, its eggs aren’t like those of any other bird in the world: The egg "whites" are blue, and the yolks are bright-red.
• Statistics show that only 1 in every 1,461 people is born on Feb. 29, the date that occurs only once every four years, in a leap year.
• You might be surprised to learn that the kilt originated not in Scotland, but in France.
• The next time you get jury duty when you’d rather be doing other things, remember that the situation could be worse. One man in Liverpool, England, was discharged from a jury in 2003 because the other jurors in the case were complaining that his beard was infested with fleas.
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