• It was Harry S. Truman, the 33rd president of the United States, who made the following sage observation: “It’s a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it’s a depression when you lose yours.”
• In all likelihood, you’ve never heard of an ailment known as aquagenic urticaria. It’s extremely rare, affecting only 1 out of every 23 million people on the planet. Those who suffer from this disease are hypersensitive to the ions found in non-distilled water. They can drink distilled water, but if they come into contact with any other kind of water, they break out in a painful allergic rash.
• The country of Finland has more islands than any other nation on Earth.
• Next time you’re heading to sunny Florida for a vacation, try to make it to Key Largo to stay at the Jules Undersea Lodge. True to its name, the hotel is located 21 feet under water, and guests have to scuba dive to the entrance. And if you don’t already know how to scuba dive, don’t worry — the management offers a twohour introduction so you can make it to your room.
• Someone with way too much time on his hands discovered that a quarter has 119 grooves along its edge.
• From the Yes, There Is a Word for It files comes today’s entry: acnestis. This word denotes that part of the body that you cannot reach to scratch (and it’s an excellent reason to get married). This handy noun comes from the word “aknestis,” which, perhaps unsurprisingly, means “spine” in Greek.
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