• It was 20th-century Indian writer and philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti who made the following sage observation: “It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”
• While the largest animal on the planet is nursing, the baby blue whale puts on an average of 200 pounds every day.
• Chocolate lovers like myself may not believe it, but the most popular flavor of ice cream in the United States is actually vanilla. Chocolate comes in second place.
• The Great Wall of China is the longest continuous construction project in the history of the world, taking 1,700 years to complete.
• In Washington state, it was once illegal to carry a concealed weapon that was more than 6 feet in length.
• Doubtless you’re familiar with the phrase “let the cat out of the bag,” but did you ever wonder where such an odd turn of phrase came from? It seems that at one time when people bought small livestock, particularly young pigs, the animals were often carried in cloth sacks. It was a not-uncommon practice for unscrupulous salesmen to cheat the purchaser by stuffing a live cat into the sack instead of the promised pig. To “let the cat out of the bag” was to give away the dishonest scheme.
(c) 2009 King Features Synd.