• President Abraham Lincoln’s widow, Mary Todd Lincoln, did not attend her husband’s funeral.
• It was Nobel Prize-winning French poet, journalist and novelist Anatole France who gave the following sage advice: “Never lend books — nobody ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are those which people have lent me.”
• Have you ever had your IQ tested? If not, I’m sure you’ve wondered how your intelligence would rate on that well-known scale. Famed theoretical physicist Albert Einstein had an IQ of 160. The highest recorded IQ is 210, with those brains belonging to a Korean named Kim Ung-Yong.
• There are so many Swedes and people of Swedish descent in Minnesota that the Scandinavian country created a holiday for them: Sweden celebrates Minnesota Day every Aug. 12.
• There are 147,000 identified species of moth.
• If you’re visiting San Luis Obispo County in California and want to check out a book at the local library, you’d better be sure to take a shower first. It’s legal there for library officials to kick out anyone who is deemed to have offensive body odor.
• American bank robber Pretty Boy Floyd got his start in crime early, robbing a grocery store at the tender age of 14.
• In the Eastern European country of Belarus, the names of the months can be quite descriptive. Their word for February, for example, means “angry month,” April is “beautiful month,” June is “red month,” September is “blooming month” (which seems odd, since most things bloom in the spring), October is “fires month” and November is “falling leaves month.”
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Thought for the Day: “Electricity is actually made up of extremely tiny particles called electrons, that you cannot see with the naked eye unless you have been drinking.” — Dave Barry
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