• It was American poet, etymologist and translator John Ciardi who made the following sage observation: “The Constitution gives every American the inalienable right to make a damn fool of himself.” He was, evidently, also a shrewd observer of people.
• Between 1997 and 2003, the number of 9- to 12-year-olds who spent time outdoors hiking, fishing or camping fell by 50 percent.
• When city officials in New Orleans are estimating the crowds that turn out for Mardi Gras, they use the sanitation department’s figures on how much garbage was removed during the festival.
• It was famed fashion designer Coco Chanel who made the little black dress a popular item; before that, most women wore black only when they were in mourning.
• The next time you’re at a dance in Utah, remember not to get too close to your partner; in that state, by law, daylight must be visible between partners.
• Thought for the Day: “The nuclear arms race is like two sworn enemies standing waist deep in gasoline, one with three matches, the other with five.” — Carl Sagan
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