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Strange But True




 

 

• It was American actress and dancer Charlotte Greenwood who made the following sage observation: “Temperament is temper that is too old to spank.”

• If you happen to own a Rolls Royce and want to swank it up a little bit, a mink jacket to fit the hood ornament is available for purchase.

• San Francisco’s iconic cable cars are the only mobile national monument in the United States.

• You might be surprised to learn that, according to the Guinness Book of Records, the largest swimming pool in the world isn’t found in one of the large industrialized nations as you might expect, but in the relatively small South American country of Chile. Built by a mega-resort on the ocean, the pool covers 20 acres, is more than 1,000 yards long and holds a whopping 66 million gallons of water. Construction took five years and cost more than $1.5 billion, and the estimated annual maintenance cost is more than $3 million.

• Those who study such things say that lightning travels at one-third the speed of light.

• American comedian and actor Jack Benny originally entered the family business of haberdashery. However, he was so bad at it that his own father fired him.

• According to legend, it was shepherds in Ethiopia who first noticed the effects of caffeine. It seems that the goats they herded would become exceedingly frisky after eating the berries of the coffee plant.

• In order to come up with the cash to start Apple Computers, Stephen Wozniak sold his programmable calculator and Steve Jobs sold his Volkswagen microbus.

• An experienced florist will never put daffodils in a bouquet; the flower is toxic to other blooms.

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Thought for the Day: “Surrender is essentially an operation by means of which we set about explaining instead of acting.” — Charles Peguy

(c) 2009 King Features Synd.

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