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Strange But True




 

 

• In a study conducted by doctors in Oxford, Great Britain, two years ago – before the muchhyped recent release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” obviously – it was found that on weekends when Harry Potter books were released, children had lower rates of accidental injuries. I suppose eyestrain from reading 700-and-something pages in a single weekend doesn’t count as an accident.

• It was Aldous Huxley, famed British author of such works as “Brave New World” and “The Doors of Perception,” who made the following sage observation: “Experience is not what happens to you; it is what you do with what happens to you.”

• The United States Supreme Court was founded in 1789, but it didn’t actually get a building of its own until 1935.

• You may – then again, depending on how often you go to the movies, perhaps you may not – be surprised to learn that Hollywood employs more ghostwriters than the entire book and newspaper industries combined.

• It’s been reported that in 1937, a new suit was introduced to the standard deck of playing cards, but it never caught on. I suppose the four-suit deck was already so widespread that nobody relished the idea of replacing all their packs of cards.

• You certainly know what a hologram is – that three-dimensional image you see on “Star Trek” episodes. But unless you’re a lawyer, you probably didn’t know that “holographic” also means “written by oneself” or “written by the signer” and is used primarily when referring to wills.

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Thought for the Day: “I have found it advisable not to give too much heed to what people say when I am trying to accomplish something of consequence. Invariably they proclaim it can’t be done. I deem that the very best time to make the effort.” – Calvin Coolidge

(c) 2007 King Features Synd., Inc.

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