• It was American novelist, poet and painter — and prominent member of the Beat Generation of artists — William S. Burroughs who made the following declaration: “I don’t care if people hate my guts; I assume most of them do. The important question is whether they are in a position to do anything about it.”
• If you wanted to dig to the center of the earth, you’d have to go down about 4,000 miles.
• Those of you who need your daily java fix probably won’t be surprised to learn that coff ee is one of the most popular drinks worldwide and is one of the most traded agricultural commodities. Due to limitations in cultivation, however, Hawaii is the only state in the U.S. that produces the beans.
• The world’s largest dam, located in Canada, is 2,790 feet long — twice as long as Arizona and Nevada’s Hoover Dam. The truly amazing thing isn’t its size, though; it’s the manner of construction. Over the course of several months, the dam was built entirely by beavers.
• According to industry experts, beverage makers sell 9 billion cases of carbonated soda in the United States every year.
• If you ever open a magazine or watch TV, you’ve probably seen at least one ad from the “Got Milk?” campaign. You probably didn’t know, though, that the same campaign also broke new advertising ground with ads at bus stops that weren’t just visual; they also gave off the odor of fresh-baked cookies. That particular approach was quickly abandoned due to concerns about allergies.
• Popular cooking expert and television host Rachael Ray reportedly has a sign hanging outside her door that says “Martha doesn’t live here.”
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Thought for the Day: “Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.” — Mark Twain
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