• It was comedian and TV host Jay Leno who made the following sage observation: “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime. Teach a man to create an artificial shortage of fish and he will eat steak.”
• Those who keep track of such things say that the most popular name for pet pythons is, perhaps unsurprisingly, “Monty.”
• You’ve probably heard of haggis, the Scottish dish that is considered (by few, I imagine) to be a delicacy. Unless you’re a Scot yourself, though, you probably don’t know what’s in it. Well, you may not thank me for enlightening you, but here’s a rough description: Haggis consists of the lungs, heart and liver of a sheep, mixed with onions, suet, oatmeal and seasonings, then boiled inside the sheep’s stomach.
• Fashion historians claim that England’s Queen Elizabeth I owned 3,000 of the elaborate dresses popular during her time.
• If you’re like the average American, there are approximately 10,000 words in your vocabulary.
• Without a bottle opener, a drunk homeless man in Belgrade, Serbia, was at a loss as to how to open his beer. So he hit upon the bright idea of using a hand grenade to pop the top. A live hand grenade, as it turned out. He popped his own top as well, dying in the incident. There’s no word at hand to explain how he got the grenade to begin with.
• The Great Pyramid of Cheops in Egypt is so large that its base would cover 10 football fields.
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Thought for the Day: “The reason why so few good books are written is that so few people who can write know anything.” — Walter Bagehot
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