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Strange But True




 

 

• It was British romance author Jilly Cooper who made the following observation: “The male is a domestic animal which, if treated with firmness, can be trained to do most things.”

• What do Steve Martin, Donald Trump, Dan Aykroyd, Gene Simmons, Leslie Nielsen, Burt Reynolds, Jerry Seinfeld and Peter Sellers have in common? They’ve all been featured on the cover of Playboy magazine.

• Those who study such things claim that the hair on top of your head grows more rapidly than the hair on the sides of your head.

• If you’re up on your Biblical standards of measurement, you probably already know that a handbreadth equals 3 inches, a span is 9 inches and a cubit equals 18 inches.

• Before horror author Stephen King became famous for novels such as “Carrie,” “The Stand” and “The Shining,” he wrote four novels and 60 short stories that failed to be accepted for publication.

• If you’re ever visiting Woodruff , Wisc., be sure to stop by and see its penny. The tourist attraction is 10 feet tall and weighs 17,452 pounds.

• It’s not surprising that the word “fondue” comes from the French verb “fondre,” which means “to melt.”

• With the health-care debate so much in the news these days, you’ve probably heard of the pharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb. Given its multibillion dollar revenues today, you may be surprised to learn that way back in the 19th century when William McLaren Bristol and John Ripley Myers were just getting started, they paid a mere $5,000 for their fledgling pharmaceutical company.

• If you suffer from ophidiophobia — and many people do — you may find the following tidbit to be rather unsettling: There are more than 3,000 different species of snakes.

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Thought for the Day: “A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.” — Albert Einstein

(c) 2010 King Features Synd.

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