• It was American paleontologist, biologist and scientific historian Stephen Jay Gould who made the following observation: “The most important scientific revolutions all include, as their only common feature, the dethronement of human arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous convictions about our centrality in the cosmos.”
• Those who study such things claim that spectators at horse races consume more snacks than fans at any other live sporting event.
• Duct tape is famous for the numerous uses to which it’s been put, but you may be surprised to hear about this one: haute couture (of a sort). Every y ear, D uck brand duct tape holds a contest in which highschool students create prom dresses out of, yes, duct tape. The winner receives a $3,000 scholarship for college.
• From the Yes, There Is a Word for It files: purlicue. When you extend your forefinger and thumb as if you’re shooting an imaginary gun, the space between the two digits is know as the purlicue.
• The average bat lives approximately 18 years — and spends about 12 of those years sleeping.
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Thought for the Day: “If A is success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.” — Albert Einstein
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