A typical newspaper contains just 30 percent editorial content – 70 percent of the paper you buy is taken up by advertising.
It was Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky, author of such famed works as “Crime and Punishment” and “The Brothers Karamozov,” who made the following observation: “That’s man’s one privilege over all creation. Through error you come to the truth! I am a man because I err! You never reach any truth without making fourteen mistakes and very likely a hundred and fourteen.”
Ever had to make a large claim to your insurance company? If you thought it was a pain to fill out all the paperwork and explain what happened, consider the plight of the poor soul who had to handle the claim in 2006 when a guard dog mauled a teddy bear that once belonged to Elvis Presley – the stuffed animal was valued at $80,000.
People don’t usually think of fish as being especially longlived, but that’s only because they don’t realize that Beluga sturgeon can live up to 150 years.
If you’re upset by the vagaries of the stock market, consider how unhappy Mario Budo must have been. In 1920, he detonated an entire horse-drawn wagon full of explosives on Wall Street.
Every schoolchild knows that Francis Scott Key’s enduring legacy is our national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Not many realize, however, that it was written to the tune of a British drinking song.
Have you ever been so enamored of someone that you’ve purchased a bibelot? You may not realize it, but you probably have; a “bibelot” is simply a trinket.
Thought for the Day: “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.” – Winston Churchill
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