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Strange But True




 

 

• It was British novelist Terry Pratchett who made the following extremely sage observation: “Some humans would do anything to see if it was possible to do it. If you put a large switch in some cave somewhere, with a sign on it saying ‘Endof the-World Switch. PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH,’ the paint wouldn’t even have time to dr y.”

• You probably don’t think much about the fees charged at ATMs, but maybe you should start. That $1 here, $2.50 there really adds up — to more than $4 billion every year in the U.S. alone.

• Do you suffer from prosopagnosia? Unless you’ve suffered some kind of injury to your brain, probably not. Also known as face blindness, prosopagnosia is the inability to recognize familiar faces.

• The Goliath frog of West Africa can reach up to a foot in length and weigh more than 7 pounds.

• Wimbledon, played in the United Kingdom and one of the four Grand Slam events, is the oldest tennis tournament in the world. Every year at the event about 42,000 balls are used.

• If you’re a fan of the tiny, rubbery candy known as the Gummi Bear, here’s some good news for you: The world’s largest Gummi Bear is now on the market, available for about $30. The equivalent of 1,400 regularsize bears, the giant candy weighs 5 pounds.

• The Campbell’s Soup paintings by Andy Warhol have become iconic, with collectors paying up to $11.7 million to own one. The very first one ever sold, however, cost only $100. That was way back in 1962, and the buyer was actor Dennis Hopper.

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Thought for the Day: “Why is it that our memory is good enough to retain the least triviality that happens to us, and yet not good enough to recollect how often we have told it to the same person?” — Francois de La Rochefoucauld

(c) 2009 King Features Synd.

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