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Strange But True




 

 

  • 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.

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    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

    (c) 2007 King Features Synd., Inc.



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