• It was American humorist, satirist, lecturer and author Samuel Langhorne Clemens — better known today as Mark Twain — who made the following sage observation: “In certain trying circumstances, urgent circumstances, desperate circumstances, profanity furnishes a relief denied often to prayer.”
• If you’re planning a trip to North Carolina in June, try to make it to the small town of Spivey’s Corner for the annual Hollerin’ Contest. If you’d like to participate but are worried about straining your vocal cords, you can always enter the conch-blowing contest instead of one that involves actual yelling.
• Woody Allen is multitalented: He is a director, an author, a comedian, a playwright and an actor. In light of his successful careers, some might be surprised to learn that in college he received an F in English and a C in film production, then flunked out of New York University for poor attendance.
• If you’re like the average American, your Thanksgiving meal contains a whopping 3,000 calories. If you were to try to walk that off, you’d have to trek a total of 30 miles before you were finished.
• You probably won’t be surprised to learn that the word “surreptitious” comes from the Latin words meaning “snatch secretly.”
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