• It’s often been said that necessity is the mother of invention – and for good reason. Here’s an example: The idea for the pull-top can originated when the inventor was at a picnic; he had forgotten to bring a can opener, so he had to use a car bumper.
• Interestingly, the modern English word “mascara” – the makeup used to darken and lengthen eyelashes – comes from the Arabic word “maskharah,” which means clown.
• It was Edna St. Vincent Millay, a playwright and the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, who made the following observation: “A person who publishes a book appears willfully in public with his pants down.”
• Those who study such things – and who, evidently, have way too much time on their hands – claim there are 108 stitches in a baseball.
• An 18-year-old Austrian named Helmut Mezer got his driver’s license and a new BMW with the license plate DEAD1. One week later, with Mezer behind the wheel, the car skidded around a curve at 100 mph, hit an embankment and was thrown 200 feet, landing on its roof in a field and killing Mezer.
• Talk-show host and icon Oprah Winfrey – who was recently listed at the top of Forbes’ 2007 list of the 100 most powerful celebrities – as a child lived in a farmhouse with no indoor plumbing.
• Studies show that if you live in the suburbs, you are likely to be six pounds heavier than those who live in a compact city center, where people walk more often.
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Thought for the Day: “I never lecture, not because I am shy or a bad speaker, but simply because I detest the sort of people who go to lectures and don’t want to meet them.” – H.L. Mencken
(c) 2007 King Features Synd., Inc.