• According to the Veterinary Pet Insurance Company, the most popular dog name in the United States is Max, followed by Bailey, Buddy, Molly and Maggie. Interestingly, the No. 1 cat name also is Max, with Tigger, Smokey, Tiger and Chloe rounding out the top five.
• It was President Ronald Reagan who, in 1986, made the following observation: “Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
• A mere 10 hours after its birth, a baby giraffe is able to run with its mother.
• If you have a young daughter, the following factoid might not come as a surprise to you: American girls between the ages of 3 and 11 each own an average of eight Barbie dolls.
• After this summer, which saw record-breaking high temperatures in many areas of the U.S., you might be interested to learn about a new development coming out of Japan: selfcooling clothes. Reuters reports that a company called Kuchou-fuku (which means “air-conditioned clothes” in Japanese) is producing shirts with two small fans sewn into the back. The fans, powered by a rechargeable battery pack, keep air moving across the skin, cooling the wearer. The $96 cost has not seemed to deter factory workers in Japan, who are dealing with recordbreaking heat of their own. There is a downside, however: The fans inflate the garments, so they aren’t likely to catch on among Tokyo’s trendsetters anytime soon – no matter how hot it gets.
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Thought for the Day: “I don’t know if God exists, but it would be better for His reputation if He didn’t.” – Jules Renard
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