• It was beloved comedian Bill Cosby who made the following sage observation: “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.”
• Before the 1800s, lobster was not considered to be the delicacy it is today. In fact, the crustacean was so ill-regarded as a food source that only the very poor — such as widows, orphans and servants — ate them.
• Famed 19th-century Russian composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky wasn’t just a musical genius. With the ability to fluently speak Russian, French and German by the time he was 6 years old, he evidently had a gift for languages, too.
• At 50 feet in diameter, the world’s largest clock is the Colgate Clock. If you want to see it in person, you’ll have to travel to Jersey City, N.J., to do so.
• Besides having successful careers in film, what do Steven Spielberg, Tom Cruise, Sela Ward and Lucy Liu have in common? All of them had an engineer for a father. TV stars Mila Kunis and Ray Romano did, too, as did singer Mariah Carey.
• When the popular word game Scrabble was first put on the market in 1938, the game’s creator, Alfred Mosher Butts, received only 5 cents for each game that was sold.
• When he was in college, comedian and TV host David Letterman was fired from his job as a disc jockey.
• Considering the franchise’s longevity, you might be surprised to learn that the original “Star Trek” series never did better than 52nd place in the ratings during its relatively brief three-year stint on TV in the late 1960s.
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Thought for the Day: “The nice thing about being a celebrity is that when you bore people, they think it’s their fault.” — Henry Kissinger
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