• It was American political scientist, economist, psychologist and professor Herbert Simon who made the following sage observation: “What information consumes is rather obvious: It consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention, and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it.”
• Those who study such things claim that the act of licking a stamp burns onetenth of a calorie.
• The shortest song in the world is “You Suff er,” recorded in 1986 by the British band Napalm Death. It lasts precisely 1.316 seconds.
• Stanley Mason was an inventor who really got around, in a manner of speaking. In addition to coming with the idea for the granola bar, he also created the squeezable ketchup bottle, the disposable diaper, heated pizza boxes and the dental floss dispenser.
• Studiers of statistics say that in any random group of 23 people, the chances that at least two of them share a birthday is more than 50 percent.
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