Whitesburg KY

Strange But True



• It was noted American journalist, essayist, satirist and critic of culture H.L. Mencken who made the following sage observation: “Strike an average between what a woman thinks of her husband a month before she marries him and what she thinks of him a year afterward, and you will have the truth about him.”

• It may seem odd, but the Drug Enforcement Agency supports, in a fashion, a publication that advocates the legalization of cannabis; the DEA has three subscriptions to the magazine High Times.

• There was a time when cartoon character Fred Flintstone appeared in ads for Winston cigarettes.

• In an anthropological study once conducted in Papua New Guinea, it was found that one in three adult deaths were the result of homicide. And it seems that those murdered were often targeted because they were suspected of practicing sorcery.

• There seems to be quite a rivalry between the towns of Rosehill, N.C., and Wilmington, Del. Both locales claim to be the home of the world’s largest frying pan, with a diameter of 10 feet. This begs some questions, of course: How many eggs are being fried at once to require such a large piece of cookware? And what sort of stove is required to heat such a mammoth pan?

• In today’s troubled economic times, you might not be surprised to learn that in his famed “Devil’s Dictionary,” Ambrose Bierce defined a corporation as “an ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility.”

• According to estimates made by United Nations researchers, approximately 25 languages became extinct in 2008, meaning the last native speaker had passed away.

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Thought for the Day: “Democracy consists of choosing your dictators, after they’ve told you what you think it is you want to hear.” — Alan Corenk

(c) 2009 King Features Synd.

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