• It was Pulitzer Prizewinning American author John Steinbeck, best known for “The Grapes of Wrath” and “Of Mice and Men,” who made the following sage observation: “The writer must believe that what he is doing is the most important thing in the world. And he must hold to this illusion even when he knows it is not true.”
• If you’re planning a summer trip to Maine, you won’t want to miss the stunning tourist attraction to be found on Peaks Island. There you’ll find an entire museum devoted to housing a rather extensive collection of umbrella covers.
• In the United States, January is the least popular month for weddings.
• It’s been claimed that 19th-century English naturalist Charles Darwin devoted eight years to studying the lowly barnacle.
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Thought for the Day: “Everybody believes in something and everybody, by virtue of the fact that they believe in something, use that something to support their own existence.” — Frank Zappa
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