• It was humorist and commentator Andy Rooney (of “60 Minutes” fame) who made the following sage observation: “Making duplicate copies and computer printouts of things no one wanted even one of in the first place is giving America a new sense of purpose.”
• At one time in Corpus Christi, Texas, city leaders saw fit to make it illegal for an individual to raise alligators in his or her home.
• The next time you find yourself picking up a complimentary toothpick on your way out of a restaurant, you might want to consider this fact : More Americans choke on toothpicks than on any other item.
• If you’re a man, you might be surprised to learn that in a survey that was conducted recently, more than 40 percent of women in the United States admitted that they would wear a stylish shoe even if it were uncomfortable. If you’re a woman, you might be surprised that the figure was only 40 percent.
• Resources are very scarce in space, so it’s important to conserve wherever possible. The astronauts on the International Space Station might be going a bit far, however; it’s been reported that they change their underwear only every three or four days in order to cut down on laundry.
• Those who study such things say that the average grocery store today carries approximately 30,000 different items — that’s more than twice as many items as those stores carried 20 years ago.
• A couple of years ago, Mariah Carey — the American singer, songwriter, actress and, not incidentally, pitch woman for Gillette’s “Legs of a Goddess” ad campaign — insured her legs for $1 billion.
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Thought for the Day: “Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money.” — Jules Renard
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