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Strange But True




 

 

• It was Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge who made the following sage observation: “The man’s desire is for the woman, but the woman’s desire is rarely other than for the desire of the man.”

• The lens of your eye will continue to grow throughout your lifetime.

• You might be surprised to learn that famed British author Aldous Huxley, bestknown for his dystopian novel “Brave New World,” was a consultant on Disney’s 1951 animated film version of “Alice in Wonderland.”

• Andrew Johnson, the 17th president of the United States, didn’t learn to read until he was 17 years old.

• For reasons that are unclear in the present day, lawmakers in North Carolina once saw fit to forbid racing a rabbit down a public street.

• In 1850, the northern portion of the state of California declared itself to be an independent country to be known as the Great Republic of Rough and Ready.

• Before he became a famous actor and director in his own right, Clint Eastwood was fired from bit parts in several films.

• Everyone knows that ballerinas endure rigorous training that can wreak havoc on their feet, but you may not have known that their shoes endure their own hardships. It’s not uncommon for dancers to break in their toe shoes by crushing them in doors, steaming them over a kettle, slamming them against a concrete floor or beating them with a hammer.

• Those who study such things claim that eventually the oceans will dry up — in about a billion years or so.

• During the Middle Ages, French toast was a delicacy enjoyed only by the very wealthy.

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Thought for the Day: “There’s no secret about success. Did you ever know a successful man who didn’t tell you about it?” — Kin Hubbard

(c) 2009 King Features Synd.

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