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Strange But True




 

 

– It was American comedian, actor, and writer George Burns who made the following sage observation: “The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending, then having the two as close together as possible.”

– If you’re like the average American, you watch a whopping 4 hours and 44 minutes of television every day.

– In all likelihood, you’ve never run across a moirologist – in fact, they probably don’t even exist in the United States today. However, professional mourners – which is what moirologists are – have a long history, dating back to ancient Greece. Even as recently as the early 1900s, there was a report of a moirologists’ strike in Paris.

– Another reason to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of that iconic Irish export, Guinness: Studies show that the stout beer contains antioxidant compounds that benefit the heart by slowing down the accumulation of bad cholesterol on the walls of arteries. Cheers!

– According to a recent news story on the website of the British Broadcasting Corporation, eight police officers in Scotland claim their religion to be Jedi – as in the Jedi Knights of George Lucas’ “Star Wars” films. And it seems they’re not the only ones: According to the 2001 census, there are 14,000 adherents of Jedi in Scotland, and another 390,000 in England and Wales. There’s even a UK Church of the Jedi, founded by brothers Barney and Daniel Jones, which offers light saber training and teaches about The Force.

– If you’re right-handed, studies show that you tend to wash your left hand more thoroughly than your right hand. Reverse that if you’re a leftie.

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Thought for the Day:

“Drive-in banks were established so most of the cars today could see their real owners.” – E. Joseph Cossman

(c) 2009 King Features Synd.

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